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Sun May 12, 2019, 02:24 PM

Queen's Guitarist Calls for New Live Aid Concert to Fight Climate Change

By Lindsay Powers
May 8, 2019
Queen's Guitarist Calls for New Live Aid Concert to Fight Climate Change
The guitarist promises his band will “help in any way we can.”

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Queen's Brian May is ready to party (for a good cause) like it’s 1985.

The guitarist has spoken out about how he’d love a repeat of the iconic ‘80s Live Aid concert — but this time to raise money and awareness about climate change. The first concert was the largest-scale benefit of its time, watched by 1.5 billion people in more than 150 countries, and raising an estimated $245 million for Ethiopian famine relief.

Queen performed at Live Aid alongside U2, Madonna, Elton John, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and Phil Collins, who played in London and then hopped on the Concorde to take the stage again in Philadelphia hours later.

Queen’s prominent role in the concert was featured in the 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody, which won this year's Academy Award for Best Picture, among others.

"It probably would take the younger generation to take that bull by the horns," May told the Daily Mirror. "We'd help in any way we can, but think that's what it would require."

But May admits times have changed, and throwing an updated Live Aid that only focuses on climate change wouldn’t be “as easy as it seems.”



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