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This entry was posted on March 14, 2009.
Princes William and Harry have expressed their sadness at the devastation caused by the deadly Victorian bushfires in a message broadcast to crowds at tonight's Sound Relief concerts in Sydney and Melbourne.
In their address, the royal brothers spoke of watching the tragedy, along with the Queensland floods, unfold on television from London.
They said the disasters were "far from over'', and commended the efforts of firefighters who battled the blazes.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you,'' Prince William said.
A minute's silence at 7.45pm was followed by a performance by Kylie Minogue who sang an a cappella version ofÂ I still call Australia home.
"I think the minute's silence said more than any of us could say,'' she said.
Minogue told the crowd she wanted it to "be my biggest gig ever, if all of you are prepared....to sing with me.''
The pop princess appeared onstage at the MCG but her performance was also broadcast to thousands of fans at the Sydney concert.
Earlier, Crowded House gave a surprise performance as part of a star-studded lineup at Melbourne's Sound Relief bushfire benefit.
The band had not been part of the official schedule but Neil Finn had hinted at a possible performance this afternoon.
Nick Seymour joined Finn on stage about 6pm and played a three-song set.
More than 81,000 people are expected to crowd into the Melbourne Cricket Ground to see Midnight Oil headline the concert just before 10pm.
In Sydney, fans braved the rain at the SCG to take in rock bands Coldplay, Wolfmother, and the Hoodoo Gurus. Barry Gibb is the headliner of the Sydney event and will appear on stage tonight alongside Olivia Newtown John.
The proceeds for the Sydney Sound Relief concert will be split between Victorian bushfire victims and those affected by devastating floods in Queensland.
The Melbourne event is being staged entirely for bushfire victims, given the horrific losses suffered there through bushfires.
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