Friday 6 December 2019

Bob Geldof to reunite Boomtown Rats for first time in 27 years

Sir Bob Geldof
Sir Bob Geldof

Mike Collett-White

BOB Geldof’s band, The Boomtown Rats, will reunite for the first time since 1986 at the Isle of Wight Festival in June.

Best known for No. 1 hits "Rat Trap" and "I Don't Like Mondays", the group led by charity campaigner Bob Geldof will take the main stage at the music festival.

Headline acts for the four-day event from June 13-16 are British bands The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays and U.S. groups The Killers and Bon Jovi. Dozens of artists will join them, including Paul Weller, Fun., Ke$ha, The Script and Blondie.

"Playing again with The Rats and doing those great songs again will be exciting afresh," Geldof said.

The singer is best known for organising global charity concerts Live Aid and Live 8.

"We were an amazing band and I just feel it's the right time to re-Rat, to go back to Boomtown for a visit."

He recalled hitchhiking to the festival in the "good/bad days" of his childhood and seeing The Who, Kris Kristofferson, Jimi Hendrix and Leonard Cohen, "who incidentally blew Hendrix off the stage."

The Boomtown Rats, who split in 1986, will play on Sunday, June 16.

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