Seven will broadcast all the highlights and biggest moments from the 10-hour relief concert spectacular in a special FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA encore presentation this Saturday night from 7pm on Channel 7 and 7plus.
Almost 5 million Australians tuned in to Seven’s coverage of the charity event, featuring acts from an unforgettable line-up of global superstars and Australia’s greatest performers including Queen + Adam Lambert, Alice Cooper, 5SOS, Tina Arena, Delta Goodrem, Amy Shark, k.d. lang and John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John.
So far the concert has raised more than $9.8 million for fire-ravaged communities across Australia, with donations still being accepted. All donations made through firefightaustralia.com will go directly to the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s FIRE FIGHT FUND to ensure local community groups can access support throughout their recovery journey, when the time is right for them.
FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA special encore presentation airs this Saturday from 7.00pm on Channel 7 and 7plus
For The First Time In Its History, Queen, Fronted By Singer Adam Lambert, performed the Band’s Iconic 1985 Live Aid Set for Fire Fight Australia Benefit Concert!
The historic concert played a vital role in raising in excess of $9.5 million towards national bushfire relief.
Queen’s Brian May joined John Farnham to perform an emotional version of Farnham’s ‘You’re The Voice’ at the Fire Fight Australia concert.
‘You’re The Voice’ provided the concert’s finale, with Farnham and May joined by Olivia Newton-John, Mitch Tambo and didgeridoo player Alan McKenzie, plus a cast of pipers and firefighters. You can check the footage out below.
For first time in its history, QUEEN, fronted by singer Adam Lambert, performed the band's iconic 1985 Live Aid set on February 16 at the Fire Fight Australia benefit concert in Sydney.
QUEEN played the original 22-minute set consisting of six songs: "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Radio Ga Ga", "Hammer To Fall", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions".
As part of the performance, QUEEN included footage and audio of late singer Freddie Mercury from Live Aid for a crowd sing-along.
Asked by Australia's Music Feeds about the significance of that set choice and how it felt performing it, Adam said: "It was not my idea. I can't take credit for that. [Laughs] But we were doing a gig around New Year's Eve and we're thinking, 'What songs should we do?' and got that idea. We immediately thought that was a cool idea and something different; we hadn't done that before. They're all songs that we play every night anyway, so it made sense. Just putting it in that order, it had some full circle resonance to it.
"That moment was made so iconic in the film [QUEEN biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody']," he continued. "To be fair, we were selling out tours before the film, but the film has taken it to the next level for this tour. We've changed our demographic. We have kids in the audience and full families there. It's so cool."
Lambert went on to say that he is "so honored" to be singing with QUEEN. "I'm a huge Freddie Mercury fan," he explained. "The treat for me is that it's great music for a singer to sing and it's a big honor. The other thing that's always been very special to me is that Freddie is this queer icon. He might not have been out because it was a time where it was so taboo that it would've been difficult. But now, learning about him in the past eight years, I feel like he's somebody I would've gotten along with and if he was still with us, he's someone I would've continued to look up to. So to be able to carry the torch for him is really special."