Sting, Yoko Back Aussie Flood Victims

Sting thanked hard-worked volunteers helping victims of Queensland’s floods by allocating a number of free tickets for his Feb. 7 show at the Brisbane Riverstage.

Sting also made a sizeable donation to victims and donated his “Fields Of Gold” for inclusion in Sony Music Australia’s 3-CD “Flood Relief” CD that topped the official ARIA charts for two weeks and went platinum.

Yoko Ono sent her wishes to the Beatles-themed “All You Need Is Love” night at Brisbane’s Zoo club Feb 5.

“Yes, it seems nature is expressing her outrage of the mess we, the human race, are making of this once beautiful planet. We must wake up and stop!” her statement read in part. The show was MC’d by her close friend, author Ritchie Yorke, who is publishing a book this year on his involvement in John and Yoko Lennon’s “War Is Over If You Want It” campaign in 1968-70.

The Australian Music Association through its 380-member music products stores is helping to replace music instruments, print music or high tech gear that were damaged or destroyed in floods in three states.