Queen play 1985 Live Aid setlist “for first time in history” for Australian bushfire benefit

For Fire Fight Australia at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium

Queen and Adam Lambert played the band’s setlist from their iconic 1985 Live Aid concert for Fire Fight Australia, the massive Australian bushfire benefit concert held in Sydney today (February 16).

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

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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:

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 other snippets of Queen’s set here:


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 acts playing Fire Fight Australia included Alice Cooper, k.d. Lang, Ronan Keating and Michael Buble.

Aussie artists playing the massive event included Olivia Newton-John, Daryl Braithwaite, Hilltop Hoods, Icehouse, Amy Shark, Baker Boy, Peking Duk and many more.

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