Queen and Adam Lambert re-enact iconic 1985 Live Aid set at Fire Fight Australia concert

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Monday, 17 February 2020, 11:17AM

As Queen and Adam Lambert took to the stage at Sydney's ANZ Stadium last night for the Fire Fight Australia benefit concert, it was an extra special moment.

For the first time since 1985, the band re-enacted their iconic 22-minute Live Aid set.

The set - which was originally performed by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon at London's Wembley Stadium - is regarded as one of the greatest live performances of all time.

While the rockers belted out the six-song set made up of 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Radio Ga Ga', 'Hammer To Fall', 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love', 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are The Champions', footage and audio of the late Mercury at the original Live Aid concert played out for a crowd sing-along.

Following the performance, Lambert said it was a "real honour" to perform the band's full Live Aid set for the victims of Australia's bushfires.

The concert, which featured 10 hours of musical acts, aimed to raise money for the communities devastated by the catastrophic bushfires and the emergency services who have worked tirelessly to support them.

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A total of $9.5 million was raised by the end of the live show, which concluded with a performance by John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John.

"We're very happy to be able to do our bit to help Australia to fight back against the terrible fires," guitarist Brian said of the event.

"This is Australia's pain but it's humanity's problem. My heart has broken seeing the plight of the animals. I hope the concert will help them too. We all need this tragedy to never happen again."

Roger Taylor added: "This would seem to be not only Australia's problem but a climate change problem that affects the whole world.

"We are here right now and anything we can do to help in finding Australia a way to recover is the least we can do as musicians. We are all in trouble."