To everyone who was involved in bringing Fire Fight Australia together… thank you.
That was a concert for the ages.
Take a bow Paul Dainty, TEG, Seven and Foxtel for an exhilarating concert. It rocked the house and moved us to tears in equal parts.
Congratulations to producer Julie Ward from ZigZagTV for the concert broadcast, Michael Pell for Seven hosting component and Graham Burrells for producing Foxtel hosting. The mammoth Live broadcast can’t have been easy but it ran almost like clockwork.
Musically it had it all. From the rock royalty of Queen to the pin-drop stadium silence of kd lang, from country Lee Kernaghan to Hilltop Hoods hip hop. There was Delta singing I Am Australian, Tina Arena singing Divinyls, Daryl Braithwaite with his anthemic Horses, 5SOS rockin’ the rafters and Buble crooning from Melbourne. Olivia performed for the first time in 2 years and looked like a goddess.
It would take Farnsy’s You’re the Voice, complete with Brian May on guitar and Mitch Tambo in a First Nations language to top them all. An inspired choice.
The day was hosted by a very boisterous Celeste Barber, who honoured the volunteers in the house and couldn’t resist the odd political jibe. Russell Crowe-produced videos also drew attention to climate change concerns.
Both Seven and Foxtel produced their own hostings for the big day with Larry Emdur, Kylie Gillies, David Koch and Samantha Armytage for Seven with Sonia Kruger and Sam Mac backstage. A very late night for breakfast TV hosts.
Foxtel had Rove McManus, Matt Shirvington, Deborah Hutton, Jason Dundas and Hannah Hollis with crosses to Eddie McGuire & Shaynna Blaze at Federation Square in Melbourne. Both produced their own ‘magazine’ pieces highlighting communities, volunteers, wildlife and global reactions.
Sure there were some issues with sync on Foxtel’s 4K channel, and delays for Seven viewers outside AEDT states ….but these aside it was a fantastic broadcast.
$9.5m was also raised during the broadcast, expected to top $10m when final numbers are in.
Like Sound Relief following the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, and a post-Tsunami telethon, Fire Fight Australia will go down as a day where the power of music brings hope and unites a nation in the face of mother nature’s ferocity.