Petr Cech releases charity single with Queen drummer Roger Taylor
Arsenal goalkeeper and all-round Premier League great has taken his iconic status to a whole new level by releasing a charity single alongside Queen drummer Roger Taylor.
The song, which features Cech on vocals, comes in collaboration with news of his retirement and will donate all proceeds to The Willow Foundation which was set up in by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson.
“I think goalkeeping and drumming is exactly the same,” Arsenal keeper Cech said in an interview with the Mail. “Everyone tells you that if the drummer makes a mistake the whole thing falls apart or very rarely it doesn’t.
“When you start playing the wrong beat of the song – everyone recognises it. If the guitar makes a mistake it’s hardly recognisable.
“It’s the same with goalkeeping, if you lose 10 balls in midfield people say ‘he’s not had the greatest game’ but nothing really happens if the goalkeepers or defenders save him.”
“If you drop a ball as a keeper and someone tucks it in the you have no way out. There’s a big similarity with drumming and goalkeeping – maybe that’s why I like it.”
Cech added: “My career is coming to an end am I was thinking how to look back and put those amazing 20 years into words.There is a lot of emotion in playing football and also with music I wanted to bring those emotions from football through music.
“When I asked Roger about the idea he was up for it and we started to make this happen. To have such a legendary musician do that with me is something really special for me. I have been a fan of Queen my whole life, and to work in the studio with Roger on this was an incredible experience.
“I’m also a big fan of the Willow Foundation because of its amazing work as a charity. They really deserve to be supported for all the effort and work they put into it.
“I felt if we could raise some money for them also it would be a nice farewell to my playing career. We just wanted to have some fun, and hopefully raise some money for the Willow Foundation.”
With that all in mind, it feels only right that we give Mr Cech our Track of the Day slot.