Friday 22 September 2017

I'm sick of hearing the Band Aid song while shopping, says Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof, President Michael D Higgins and Leicester FC chief executive Susan Whelan were recognised at the 42nd annual Business & Finance Awards last night for their contribution to Irish life. Photo: Conor McCabe
Bob Geldof, President Michael D Higgins and Leicester FC chief executive Susan Whelan were recognised at the 42nd annual Business & Finance Awards last night for their contribution to Irish life. Photo: Conor McCabe
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Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof says he gets annoyed hearing his seminal Christmas hit played as supermarket mood music - even if it has raised hundreds of millions of euro for charity.

The musician and Live Aid founder said he has no regrets writing 'Do they Know It's Christmas?' along with Midge Ure in 1984.

The former Christmas Number One hit has since gone on to raise millions of euro for his Live Aid and Band Aid charities, providing relief during the Ethiopian famine and to raise funds to combat the Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2014.

"I'm really, really, really glad that we wrote that little tune," he told students at Trinity College yesterday.

Band Aid 1984
Band Aid 1984

"But what I'm not really glad about is when I go to f**king Tesco and you always get a clip of Paul McCartney s**t and you always get a clip of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'"

He made the comments during a question and answer session with students after he was given the college's Praeses Elit award recognising his outstanding contribution to music and social activism.

But he lashed out at the very generation who presented him with the award for "cyber-w**king" on critical social issues like the Brexit vote.

"Get off this thing," he said, mimicking a mobile phone in his hand.

"Venting your spleen on your phone is cyber-w**king. Get out and knock on doors," he said.

"Why would thousands of you not be out on the streets?

"I can't stand the lack of fresh thought and ideas at colleges.

"What happened to you guys? Guys, where's the fire?"

Worried

Geldof infamously clashed with Ukip leader Nigel Farage aboard flotillas on the Thames during the Brexit campaign this year as he was a staunch anti-Brexit campaigner.

The singer said he was "deeply worried" that Europe would be plunged into turmoil when the UK leaves the EU due to the rise of populism and right-wing ideology. He fears this will ultimately lead to war in Europe "within a generation or two".

"I voted to stay in because I'll never vote for my children to go to war," he said.

Irish Independent

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