Newswire: Queen releases fast and heavy studio version of “We Will Rock You”

One of Queen’s most memorable records was a tough one to recreate in a live environment. The 1977 song “We Will Rock You”—written by guitarist Brian May and produced by Mike Stone and the band—achieved its singular percussive quality by means of the band members overdubbing themselves clapping and stomping again and again. Aside from that and a fuzzy guitar lead at the end, there’s no musical accompaniment to the thunderous vocals. It wasn’t a perfect fit for stadium gigs. So, when they got onstage, they usually performed a different version of the songs—the “fast version,” up-tempo with a traditional chord structure and lots of opportunity for Freddie Mercury to strut around the stage like a Zanzibari jungle cat.

Unfortunately, while there are a bunch of bootlegs of a 1977 John Peel session floating around YouTube, there’s never been a cleaned-up copy suitable …

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