From the various interviews between them about you are the champions it sounds like it was Brian's idea initially, they've all said that, then they sent the song to Adam and told him to play around with it and see what works, discussed briefly changing the opening line to They've paid their dues and Adam finally settled on You instead of We and they all agreed, or in other words a joint decision regardless of what they threw back and forth in between.Black Wings wrote: ↑Wed May 20, 2020 4:06 amI thought it was AL's idea to change it to you after Brian could not decide how to change it. That's what has been stated in the thread about the song.
ETA ~ Bumped a post that says what Brian stated on Planet Rock about the change. Brian was reluctant at first, and then he gave permission to AL to tinker, play around with it, and if Brian and Roger didn't like it, it would not have been changed. They both obviously liked how AL changed it, so it was kept.
And yes, AL has tinkered with classic lyrics . Fat Bottomed Girls is one example in a live setting. Whether it be one word or a couple, he has changed words to certain songs, especially live.
Adam has changed odd words or phrases in songs, some intentionally and some I suspect because he's not great at remembering lyrics (even his own), can't see it matters though, people at the shows likely don't even notice, it's more obvious when you're watching it on Y/T.