2009 American Idol runner up Adam Lambert recorded this power ballad for the disaster epic movie 2012.
The song was produced by big-rock guru Rob Cavallo, the man behind hit albums for Green Day, My Chemical Romance and Paramore among many others. Lambert explained to MTV News that working with Cavallo was fairly intense. "[He] pushed me to the limit," Lambert said. "I sang for my life. It was quite a day of recording, but it turned out great."
Queen guitarist Brian May got an early chance to listen to the new track while hanging out with Cavallo. He gushed: "I have to say I was completely blown away… it's truly sensational. In fact it's so obviously a number one smash, any bookie would be mad to take bets on it. I am not kidding. I'm not easily moved to jelly by male vocalists… but Adam's voice reaches out with sensitivity, depth, maturity, and awesome range and power which will make jaws drop all around the world. Its an awesome performance. No doubt about it. The world of Rock has a bright new star."
Lambert told MTV News about the video: "[The video] was really performance-driven. It was really about the lyric content and the emotional guts of the song," He added: "There were a ton of extras on the set. What they were doing is they were staging scenes reminiscent of what happens in 2012."
Lambert specifically pointed to one sequence in the video where he sings calmly while chaos surrounds him. "I'm just walking through looking straight at the camera singing the song, and there's a riot going on around me - people being tossed in front of me, looting, you know, people being arrested," Lambert described. "That was pretty wild, to try to stay focused on the song while that was happening. But we had fun. It was a good day."
This declaration of faith in the healing power of love was composed by Alain Johannes and his late partner Natasha Shneider, who succumbed to cancer on July 2, 2008. The duo performed together in the '90s rock outfit Eleven and later contributed to several Queens of the Stone Age albums. Johannes also plays as a live rhythm guitarist in Them Crooked Vultures.