How could you forget Queen’s iconic Live Aid set from 1985? It’s been referred to as one of the greatest live performance of all time, and Sydney was lucky enough to relive that incredible set.
The band, featuring Adam Lambert, wowed the crowd at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert by reprising the band’s iconic 1985 Live Aid set almost 35 years after their original performance at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Fans were given the incredibly unique experience to be part of rock history when Brian May, Roger Taylor, and the band’s singer Adam Lambert took to the stage for the 22 minute set.
The set included Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions.
“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,” guitarist Brian May told the audience.
Drummer Roger Taylor added, “This would seem to be not only Australia’s problem but a climate change problem that affects the whole world.
“We are here right now and anything we can do to help in finding Australia a way to recover is the least we can do as musicians. We are all in trouble.”
The event, which was hosted by comedian Celeste Barber, saw donations top $9 million as of 11pm on Sunday.
Popular Australian acts spanning generations were also on the line-up, including 5 Seconds of Summer, Amy Shark, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Grinspoon, John Farnham, Lee Kernaghan, Olivia Newton-John.
Fire Fight’s profits will be shared between the Red Cross’ disaster relief and recovery fund, rural and regional fire services and the RSPCA’s bushfire appeal.
Donations to the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal will also be accepted during the concert, to fund grants for community-led projects needing support in the bushfires’ aftermath.