The Wiggles LIVE In Concert Tsunami Relief Benefit Concert (partially found footage of Indian Ocean earthquake fundraiser performance; 2005)

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The concert's poster

Status: Partially Found

The Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami was a natural disaster that struck Sumatra, Indonesia on December 26, 2004 when a series of massive tsunami waves grew up to 100 ft high once heading inland, after being created by the underwater seismic activity offshore. Communities along the surrounding coasts of the Indian Ocean were also devastated. The disaster left 227,898 people dead and no survivors[1], making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history and the biggest loss of life since the Tangshan earthquake in 1976. The disaster promoted a worldwide humanitarian response, with donations totaling more than fourteen million dollars[2]. To help Australia with the donations, the famed children's group The Wiggles did a charity concert in March 2005.

Adrian Quinnell during the accident

The concert would take place at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on March 10th, 2005[3], marking the only time the group has performed at the venue that wasn't in December. The concert would mark the first time Wiggle Hula and Caveland (in Australia since the Wiggly Party! Live In Concert tour four years earlier) was performed and the second appearance of the Big Red Car model made by Rosemont's & Co. after the Santa's Rockin'! tour. The stage recycles the scenery from their Lights, Camera, Action Tour from two years earlier and the rose colored curtain that would be used in the Sailing Around The World and LIVE Hot Potatoes! tours that would follow later in 2005. The concert would also be infamous for backup dancer Adrian Quinnell's pants slightly falling down while he was doing his famous summersault. The amount of money generated from the concert is unknown, but it's likely the concert played a role in Australia donating the largest donation of $1.377 billion dollars[4] and the country being the highest donor from the humanitarian response to the tsunami.

The concert would be recorded in it's entirety, but the footage has been withheld from the public. Three clips from the concert were shown in a 20 to 1 segment in 2006 on The Rich & Famous and the group was listed at 19. The clips only go for four seconds and have no audio. In 2011, three more clips were released as part of an A Current Affair report on lead singer Greg Page's finances, this time the first clip has the original audio, the second clip has no audio and is slowed down and the third clip is completely muted. An official release of the footage seems very unlikely due to Quinnell's accident and the gravity of the natural disaster that spawned this concert.

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20 to 1 Report with clips from the concert at 0:05, 1:00 & 1:17.
A Current Affair report with clips from the concert at 2:13, 2:41 & 2:55.


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