Queen Asked To Perform At Massive Bushfire Benefit Concert Next Month
Legendary rock group Queen has revealed it is in talks to perform at a national bushfire relief concert in Sydney in February.
Lead guitarist Brian May has confirmed rumours the group has been asked to perform at 'Fire Fight Australia' the national bushfire benefit gig to be held at ANZ Stadium on February 16.
May told PA news agency that the group were "looking at it very carefully' adding that it was similar to Live Aid 1985 at Wembley -- where the band famously performed with former frontman Freddie Mercury.
May, who is also an animal rights activist, said he was concerned about the wildlife killed in the ongoing bushfire crisis.
May, the band's original drummer Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert who has been Queen's frontman since 2011, are already performing at the stadium the previous night.
But the lead guitarist has insisted nothing has yet been confirmed.
Promoters TEG Dainty and TEG Live who are organising the bushfire relief gig said the full line-up of artists would be announced next week.
"This national initiative will raise money for relief from the bushfires that continue to devastate communities and challenge emergency services in rural and regional Australia," the promoters said on the Facebook event.
"This is a major musical event which will see globally-renowned artists from Australia and around the world come together to perform and show solidarity with people whose lives have been disrupted by the bushfires."
The gig, which is expected to run for up to 10 hours, is one of many events being organised to support bushfire relief and recovery efforts.
It comes as a growing list of celebrities, including actors, musicians and sports stars, pledge huge donations to support fire-ravaged communities and Australia's exhausted firies.
Comedian Celeste Barber has made global headlines with her Facebook campaign which has far raised a staggering $50 million dollars.
Others including Chris Hemsworth, Kylie Minogue and Elton John have also pledged hundreds of thousands and even millions to fire relief.
Bushfires are continuing to ravage communities in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Perth. For the latest coverage on the fires click here.