Queen Performs Iconic 'Live Aid' Set For Fire Fight Australia Bushfire Relief Concert
Queen, fronted by Adam Lambert, has performed the iconic 1985 Live Aid set for the first time at the Fire Fight Australia Bushfire Relief concert.
The U.K. band, fronted by American singer Lambert, performed the historic 22-minute set in its entirety for the relief concert at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.
Regarded as one of the best live performances ever, the six-song set included 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Radio Ga Ga', 'Hammer To Fall', 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love', 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are The Champions'.
Freddie Mercury was honoured on the big screen with a crowd controlling video of 'Ay-Oh'.
Tens of thousands of people poured into Sydney's ANZ stadium to show support for the state's firefighters and all those impacted by the summer's bushfire crisis.
By 11pm, more than $9 million had been raised through donations, tickets and merchandise sales.
John Farnham closed the show with his greatest hits. Dame Olivia Newton-John joined him in a duet of 'Two Strong Hearts', but it was the final song of the night that had the place rocking.
Farnsey, joined by Indigenous singer Mitch Tambo and Queen guitarist Brian May, belted out 'You're The Voice' in a powerful performance.
Tambo, who released a version of the song in the Indigenous language Gamilaraay, sang a verse in his native tongue.
The final stages of the song saw RFS volunteers join the cast on stage to thanked for the tireless efforts in the bushfire disaster.
Australian country music star Lee Kernaghan kicked off the mega-concert before rapper Baker Boy continued the line-up of stars.
Australian legend Daryl Braithwaite was backed by a choir of tens of thousands as he sang his classic 'Horses', proving why the equine-related ballad been called the unofficial Australian anthem.
Illy, Hilltop Hoods, Grinspoon, Pete Murray, Guy Sebastian, Peking Duk, Illy and Jessica Mauboy, 5 Seconds of Summer and Icehouse were just some of the acts that kept the 70,000-strong crowd rocking in a line-up that spanned generations.
Irish singer Ronan Keating shared the love with the crowd during his 15 minute set, while Tina Arena rocked Divynils' classic 'Boys In Town' after starting her set with The Machine's 'Breaking Down'.
Delta Goodrem reminded everyone why she is a national treasure, belting out a number of her songs, including 'Born To Fly' and 'Sitting On Top Of The World', with the former changed to 'Sending Our Love To The World'.
The songstress walked on to the stage draped in an Australian flag and led the crowd in an emotional rendition of 'I Am Australian'.
Alice Cooper proved he's still a member of the Department of Youth when performed at the Fire Fight Australia Bushfire Relief concert.
In his trademark makeup and outfit, the 72-year-old American singer rocked a packed ANZ Stadium with a slew of hits.
Canadian crooner Michael Buble was beamed in from his concert in Melbourne.
There was a solemn reminder of the loss of life during the fires as the names of those who died appeared on the screens.
k.d. lang than sang her haunting cover of 'Hallelujah' to an emotional crowd.
Tickets to the mega-concert sold out within 24 hours according to organisers.
One thousand RFS volunteers and their families will also be at the concert for a "well deserved" day off, the NSW RFS said.
Hosted by comedienne Celeste Barber, all ticket profits will go to groups which are helping fire-ravaged communities get back on their feet.
Barber had a number of costume changes for the night, but her last outfit came with a political message.
The comedienne wore a white t-shirt with an image of Prime Minister Scott Morrison wearing a flowered shirt holding a cocktail with the words 'Merry Crisis. The image is from a mural painted on the side of an inner-Sydney building in December before removed.
Andrea Gartside decided to attend the nine-hour concert with her friend Maureen Mackie to support the firefighters after the unprecedented fire season.
"We're doing our part in helping," she told AAP at ANZ stadium.
"It's going to be awesome ... it's great that it's bringing everyone together for a good cause."
Queen fan Cheryl Hind said she's excited to see the band perform again.
"It's part of why I'm here today and to thank the firies for everything they've done," she told AAP.
"It's just amazing."
Lisa Yasso travelled from central Queensland to see the legendary rock band perform again.
"It's an awesome cause," she told AAP.
Fire Fight's profits will be shared between the Red Cross' disaster relief and recovery fund, rural and regional fire services and the RSPCA's bushfire appeal.
Donations to the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal will also be accepted during the concert, to fund grants for community-led projects needing support in the bushfires' aftermath.