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Brian May is backing a Live Aid-scale concert to tackle climate change

Queen guitarist Brian May has voiced interest in another Live Aid-scale concert to tackle climate change.

The original event was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the Ethiopian famine.

Queen performed at the original 1985 event, a show which was so memorable that it became the climax of the recent Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Speaking to The Daily Mirror, May said: “It probably would take the younger generation to take that bull by the horns, we’d help in any way we can but I think that’s what it would require.”

But May continued, conceding that the issue of climate change might be too “enormous” to tackle, even with a benefit equivalent to the size of Live Aid: “People have seen so many concerts since Live Aid purporting to be solving the problems of the world so it’s not quite as easy as it seems.”

Last month, it was reported that the Queen-focused Oscar-winning biopic had grossed taken in box office receipts of over $900 (£687 million) worldwide, making it the highest grossing biopic of all time.

Earlier this year, Rudi Dolezal, who directed many of the Queen music videos including ‘These Are the Days of Our Lives’, ‘Show Must Go On’, and ‘The Invisible Man’, said that he predicts the band’s legendary manager, Jim Beach, will get behind a second biopic on the group and their iconic late frontman.

Speaking about Beach, Dolezal said: “I’m sure he plans a sequel that starts with Live Aid”, going on to hint that a follow-up film is “being heavily discussed in the Queen family”.

Madeleine Dunne

While studying multimedia journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University, Madeleine began writing for several publications including Transistor, Vegan Connections, and GigSlutz. In 2018, she became the music editor for Vegan Connections before joining the Music Crowns team as a staff writer and digital assistant. @kohlgrrl

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