This was the band’s first time performing the original 22-minute set “for the first time in its history”, Queen noted in a social media post earlier today.
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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
At Fire Fight Australia, Queen even broadcast footage of late frontman Freddie Mercury to replicate how Mercury encouraged the 1985 Live Aid audience at Wembley in an energetic singalong, only to light-heartedly tell them “Fuck you” afterwards.
Watch the moment take place in Sydney’s ANZ Stadium:
— Wade Shipard (@wadeshipard) February 16, 2020
Brian May had previously described Fire Fight Australia as a benefit concert “a bit like Live Aid” when he initially revealed that Queen had been approached to play the event.
Watch pro-shot footage of Queen performing ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are The Champions’ below:
And watch other snippets of their set here:
— Georgia Clark (@GeorgiaBClark) February 16, 2020
— cameron adams (@cameron_adams) February 16, 2020
For the first time since their historic Live Aid performance in 1985, Queen – featuring US singer Adam Lambert, have replicated their full, 22 minute set at #FireFightAustralia, including video footage of Freddie Mercury @australian pic.twitter.com/3lLlbpuqbC
— Emily Ritchie (@emritchiejourno) February 16, 2020
Brian May doing the solo from Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
— It's All Complete Bollocks! ?? (@RichardTuffin) February 16, 2020
Fire Fight Australia is being broadcast live in Australia via Channel Seven and Foxtel. Viewers in the UK will be able to watch selected highlights on Sky One HD from 8pm on Monday, February 17.
Besides Queen, other international acts playing Fire Fight Australia included Alice Cooper, k.d. Lang, Ronan Keating and Michael Buble.
Aussie artists playing the sold-out event included John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Daryl Braithwaite, Hilltop Hoods, Icehouse, Amy Shark, Baker Boy, Peking Duk and many more.