Wednesday 26 November 2014

Sir Bob Geldof makes first Irish appearance since Peaches' death with impromptu Dublin pub performance

Published 13/07/2014 | 18:52

Sir Bob Geldof surprises fans with an impromptu performance on stage (Photo: Michael Nolan)
Sir Bob Geldof surprises fans with an impromptu performance on stage (Photo: Michael Nolan)
Sir Bob Geldof surprises fans with an impromptu performance on stage (Photo: Michael Nolan)
Sir Bob Geldof surprises fans with an impromptu performance on stage (Photo: Michael Nolan)
Sir Bob Geldof surprises fans with an impromptu performance on stage (Photo: Michael Nolan)
Sir Bob Geldof surprises fans with an impromptu performance on stage (Photo: Michael Nolan)

A familiar face in the world of rock n’ roll took to the stage for an impromptu performance in a Dublin bar this weekend.

World-famous singer and political activist Sir Bob Geldof surprised the crowd as he joined Cavan band The Strypes on the stage in the capital.

It was the grieving father’s first public appearance in Ireland since the death of his daughter Peaches Geldof (25) three months ago.

Mum-of-two Peaches was found dead at her home in Kent as a result of a suspected heroin overdose.

Sir Bob shocked fans when he walked through the doors of Dame Street pub Sweeney’s which was hosting a night of music in celebration of its fifth birthday.

A spokewoman for Sweeney’s told independent.ie Geldof has visited the pub before but was not expected to treat fans to a performance.

Sir Bob Geldof surprises fans with an impromptu performance on stage (Photo: Michael Nolan)
Sir Bob Geldof surprises fans with an impromptu performance on stage (Photo: Sweeneys, Dame St, Dublin)

“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,” she said.

“They’re all young lads and he is good friends with them and wants them to do well,” she said.

Geldof joined the Irish four-piece rock band for a couple of songs and left the stage as they completed their set. He stayed at the pub for the remainder of the party with the young singers.

The father, who had three daughters with his late wife Paula Yates and adopted her child with second husband Michael Hutchence, recently spoke of the ‘intolerable’ pain he continues to feel after the death of Peaches.

Saying his emotion was still ‘very raw’, Geldof described how he sometimes ‘buckles’ when he thinks of his loss out of the blue.

"I'm walking down the road and suddenly out of the blue there's an awareness of her - and you know, I buckle.

"And I've got to be very careful because walking down the Kings Road there are paparazzi everywhere so I have to duck off into a lane or something, and blub for a while and then get on with it and that's it, so I'd imagine that will be there for a long time, I mean what else?,” he told ITV’s Lorraine show.

The Boomtown Rats frontman has also recently announced a national tour with his reconvened band.

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