Nick Cave pledges $500,000 to help Australian wildfire victims

Pink, Chris Hemsworth, Elton John and Metallica also recently donated to the cause

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds bandmate Warren Ellis have pledged $500,000 (£382,000) to help victims of the Australia bushfires.

It comes after stars and musicians including Pink, Chris Hemsworth, Elton John and Metallica recently donated to the cause.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by the fires destroying our beloved Australia,” wrote Cave in a statement posted on Instagram.

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“We are pledging $500,000 to some of the many organisations carrying out selfless and courageous work aiding and supporting communities and wildlife who have been hit by this overwhelming devastation. We urge everyone to do whatever they can to help.”

Queen have also revealed they have been asked to perform a Live Aid style benefit concert in Australia to help the victims of the bushfires.

Concert promoters TEG Live and TEG Dainty announced benefit gig 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.

“Of course, we are going there very soon, we are looking at it very carefully” guitarist Brian May said outside parliament in Westminster, where he was promoting the Save Me Trust’s Amazing Grace Campaign to help Britain’s hedgeho

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Cave did not reveal whether he was performing at the event.

Meanwhile Cave recently opened up about his experiences with taking drugs, telling a fan about the extensive “lows” he has experienced while under the influence.

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