Sydney, Australia, played host to the Fire Fight Australia concert on Sunday where a number of performers came out to help raise funds to help those affected by the bushfires.
One of those acts were Queen who recreated their 1985 Live Aid concert at London’s Wembley Stadium complete with original members Brian May and Roger Taylor and new frontman Adam Lambert standing in Freddie Mercury.
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Lambert explained on Tuesday’s episode of “The Project” that the idea was “a no-brainer.” He said the idea came up organically as they were “sitting around.”
“We kept it a surprise… [because] we didn’t want to set the expectations too high,” the 38-year-old singer said.
The setlist for the night went from “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Radio Ga Ga”, “Hammer To Fall”, to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions”.
They even played a clip of Mercury showing off his impressive vocals to which the audience sang along.
The 10-hour show helped raise over $6.5 million.
Guitarist Brian May said at the show, “This is Australia’s pain but it’s humanity’s problem. My heart has broken seeing the plight of the animals. I hope the concert will help them, too. We all need this tragedy to never happen again.“
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👑 For The First Time In Its History, Queen, Fronted By Singer @adamlambert will perform the Band’s Iconic 1985 Live Aid Set tonight for Fire Fight Australia Benefit Concert! 👑 Queen will perform in full its original 22 minute Live Aid set. The six-song set includes Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest live performances of all time! Fans can follow the event here on @firefightaustralia 🧡 Please donate over at ➡️www.firefightAustralia.com The sold-out event will air live in Australia on Channel 7 and 7plus, and FOX8 and Foxtel GO from 1pm AEDT on Sunday 16 February. UK audiences will be able to see selected highlights on Sky One HD from 8pm on Monday 17th February. #Queen #QAL2020 #firefightaustralia
Other performers included Alice Cooper, Pete Murray, Guy Sebastian, 5 Seconds of Summer, k.d. lang, with John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John closing out the night.
Michael Bublé also put on a special performance from Melbourne.