Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed that the band has been asked to play a Live Aid-style benefit concert in aid of the victims of the deadly Australian wildfires.

The fires have left at least 25 people dead, 2,000 homes destroyed, while millions of animals are feared to have died after an area the size of Ireland was scorched.

72-year-old May, who is an environmental activist, is currently preparing to visit Australia with Queen in February as part of their world stadium tour.

May told the PA news agency that fans could see a repeat of Queen's famous performance during Live Aid at London's Wembley Stadium in 1985.

He said: "Of course, we are going there very soon. We are looking at it very carefully.

"We have been approached to do a benefit concert, or be part of a benefit concert, a bit like Live Aid, if you like, to try and help out the victims of the fire.

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"Of course, I am very concerned about the animals. There's 24 people who have died which is a tragedy in itself, but half a billion animals is almost inconceivable.

"You are a looking at a radical change of wildlife in Australia. It's like a mass extinction, which is something so awful. And we can do nothing about it really. We could have done something about it in the past.

"We know there are various things that could have been done. But it is a real caution for the rest of the world."

May added: "No one is making an announcement yet because we don't know what the situation will be. This is like six weeks away but we are looking at doing something like that."

May was speaking outside the House of Commons in Westminster, where he was promoting the Save Me trust's Amazing Grace Campaign, to save Britain's hedgehogs.

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