Queen + Adam Lambert will headline a night of music to raise money for those affected by the devastating wildfires in Australia.
Guitarist Brian May says the band is donating the stage from its show in Sydney the previous night for Fire Fight Australia – Concert for National Brushfire Relief. All proceeds will go to organizations providing “rescue, relief, recovery and rehabilitation” services.
Other artists that have signed on for the event include Alice Cooper, k.d. lang and Olivia Newton-John, and organizers say more will be added. The concert will take place February 16th at ANZ Stadium, a day after Queen + Adam Lambert perform there.
Queen + Adam Lambert are just the latest artists to raise or donate money for wildfire relief efforts in Australia. Metallica recently announced a donation of $750,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Country Fire Authority in Victoria, and Elton John pledged $1 million to support the Brushfire Relief Fund.
“It’s an apocalyptic absolute disaster and you should all be in awe of the work firefighters are doing,” Elton said during last week’s concert in Sydney.
“There are people out there who have lost their lives trying to save homes; there are people who have lost their lives and their homes. And lastly is the plight of the animals and loss of their habitat… is on a biblical scale and heartbreaking.”
The fires have been burning since September and have claimed 27 lives and destroyed more than 2,000 homes. In a hopeful development, firefighters said on Sunday that they have been able to go on the offensive for the first time in weeks because of cooler temperatures and calmer winds.