On 16th February over 20 international and local artists will take part in the huge Fire Fight Australia concert to help fund national bushfire relief.
Our very own Alice Cooper, plus Queen + Adam Lambert have confirmed that they will be part of the lineup, aiming to raise money for those affected by the gigantic bushfires, that have so far burned through an area comfortably bigger than Ireland, and show no signs of stopping any time soon.
Last week, Queen guitarist Brian May let slip that the band had been approached to play an event "a bit like Live Aid... to try and help out the victims of the fire", but that they were having to look at logistics "very carefully".
On Sunday night (12th January), as the gig was announced, Brian explained to his 2.1m Instagram followers that not only were Queen taking part, but they are actually donating the stage for the benefit show, as it will be held in the 83,500 capacity ANZ Stadium in Sydney, following their show the previous night.
Posting with his trademark passion, Brian exclaimed: "YES !!! It’s official. We’re donating our stage from our QAL show the previous night in Sydney for this great line-up of talent to raise money for Bushfire Relief."
A post on Alice Cooper's social media profiles went live a few hours later, with Alice writing "We are headed to Australia next month, and I am proud to announce we will be performing at #FireFightAustralia alongside an incredible line-up of artists to raise money for national bushfire relief."
We are headed to Australia next month, and I am proud to announce we will be performing at #FireFightAustralia alongside an incredible line-up of artists to raise money for national bushfire relief.— Alice Cooper (@alicecooper) January 13, 2020
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Other artists confirmed for the Sydney show so far include Australian icons John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John, Canadian popstar k.d. lang and a whole host of other Australian artists, with more to be announced.
All ticket profits and contributions received for the concert will go towards key organisations providing rescue, relief and rehabilitation for the affected areas. These cover rural and regional fire services in affected states, Red Cross Disaster Relief and The RSPCA Bushfire Appeal.
The Australian bushfires have now been ravaging the country for many months, drawing worldwide attention and support for the relief efforts from the international community. The Fire Fight Australia concert is being hosted by Aussie comedian Celeste Barber, whose viral Facebook charity appeal post has so far raised over £26 million for The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund.
Over the last few weeks musicians from across the world have been donating money. Metallica have pledged nearly £400,000 to Australian fire fighters, and Elton John recently told his fans he's donated $1 million to the cause.
So far, over 65,000 tickets for the benefit show have been sold. For those unable to attend the event, donations are also being accepted at fightfireaustralia.com.
The full lineup of the concert so far, is as follows: Alice Cooper, Amy Shark, Baker Boy, Conrad Sewell, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Grinspoon, Guy Sebastian, Hilltop Hoods, Icehouse, Illy, Jessica Mauboy, John Farnham, k.d. lang, Lee Kernaghan, Olivia Newton-John, Peking Duk, Pete Murray, Queen + Adam Lambert, Tina Arena, William Barton. More artists are still to be announced.
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The thoughts of everyone here at Planet Rock are with those who have been affected by the Australian bushfire crisis.