The song “Machines (Or Back To Humans)” from Queen’s 1984 album “The Works” was reworked and made available. Adam Lambert is singing on the song, which the trio has been playing throughout their current US tour.
Queen releases new version of “Machines (Or Back To Humans)”
Regarding the revised version, Brian May, the band’s guitarist, stated: “The Robot Horde provide a narrative thread to our new show.” These mechanical guys are the epitome of the Robotic Insurgence in these days when Artificial Intelligence is starting to permeate every aspect of our existence. The music for our ongoing production, Back to Humans, represents the human race taking back control. “In reality, Machines and Radio Ga Ga have a common ancestor—my cooperation with Roger during the 1984 sessions for the Works album. However, we couldn’t agree on how it should progress, thus the track divided into two tracks that went in different paths. Roger led Radio Gaga to its conclusion and became a global hit, while I turned “Machines” into a never-ending conflict.
As he put the new show together, he said, “I realized that ‘Machines’ was more relevant than ever.” Thus, it was thought to theme the show with a contemporary version of this conflict, which would also happen to bring Ga Ga and Machines back together appropriately. And this is in perfect alignment with our long-held conviction that a rock concert ought to be performed live and dangerously rather than electronically backed by clicks and background tracks,” stated Brian May.
“Machines” was formed out of the electronica we originally explored on “Radio Ga Ga” to create this idea of the conflict between the electric side and the human side, according to Roger Taylor’s official comment about the song. We thought this was the ideal time to resurrect the idea of essentially returning to humans, as we are all simply trying to stay up in a world where machines are taking over.