Geldof rocks out with Strypes in pub
Published 14/07/2014 | 02:30
AT 62, he is almost four times as old as the teenage stars of The Strypes. But that didn't stop Boomtown Rats frontman, Bob Geldof, joining them on stage for an impromptu performance at the weekend.
World-famous singer and political activist Sir Bob surprised the crowd in Sweeney's pub in Dublin as he joined the Cavan band for a blistering blues number. It was the grieving father's first public appearance in Ireland since the death of his daughter Peaches Geldof three months ago.
Mother-of-two Peaches (25) was found dead at her home in Kent as a result of a suspected heroin overdose.
Geldof shocked fans when he walked through the doors of the pub on Dame Street, which was hosting a night of music in celebration of its fifth birthday.
The Strypes, who range from just 16 to 18 years old, were rocking the venue as they played a gig there when starting out three years ago. A spokesperson at Sweeney's told the Irish Independent: "Sir Bob has been here a few times, and there had been whispers that he'd come to support The Strypes, but we didn't expect him to get on stage. He is good friends with them, and wants them to do well."
The star joined the Irish four-piece rock band for the Blues Brothers favourite 'Riot in Cell Block Number Nine' and left the stage as they completed their set. He stayed at the pub for the remainder of the party.