Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed that the band have been asked to play a “Live Aid”-style benefit concert for victims of the bushfires in Australia – which is likely Fire Fight Australia, the concert scheduled for ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
Concert promoters TEG Live and TEG Dainty announced Fire Fight Australia to raise funds earlier this week, with the show confirmed for Sunday, February 16 but as yet no acts have been confirmed.
Queen have seven gigs scheduled in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast from February 13 to 29, with their schedule currently clear on February 16.
“Of course, we are going there [Australia] very soon, we are looking at it very carefully,” May said outside parliament in Westminster, where he was promoting the Save Me Trust’s Amazing Grace Campaign to help Britain’s hedgehogs.
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He added: “We have been approached to do a benefit concert, or be part of a benefit concert, a bit like Live Aid, if you like, to try and help out the victims of the fire.
“Of course, I am very concerned about the animals. There’s 24 people who have died which is a tragedy in itself, but half a billion animals is almost inconceivable.”
May said there is no official announcement about the benefit show yet as “we don’t know what the situation will be” in six weeks, but that the band “are looking at doing something like that”.
Queen played the iconic Live Aid event at Wembley Stadium in 1985 with their late singer Freddie Mercury.
May also recently revealed that he suffered with depression over the Christmas period.
Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor was recently honoured with an OBE in the New Year Honours list.