Among all the classics in the Queen catalogue, “We Will Rock You” ranks right up there most ubiquitous. I think international law requires that its tribal “BOOM-BOOM CLAP! BOOM-BOOM CLAP!” be played at least once at every single sporting event.
But the version of song we all know so well isn’t the only one. In 1977, Queen was asked to play a session for John Peel and the BBC and one of the songs they chose was “We Will Rock You.” However, it bears little resemblance to what you heard at the hockey game. (Queen fans will know that band often played a fast version live, so the existence of this recording will come as no shock to them.)
This is but one gem that will appear on an upcoming album entitled Queen On Air.