LEGENDARY Irish band the Boomtown Rats have announced they will play a gig in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on Sunday December 6th.
The band, formed in Dublin in 1975, recently played at the Electric Picnic festival.
Speaking about the band’s decision to return to the stage, Bob Geldof said:
“Age,curiosity and cash prompted our interest in getting together again.
“Curiosity about each other and what we did together in the '70' and 80's. Curiosity about those songs that seem to have endured and the music and band that powered them.
“When I sang again Rat Trap, Looking After No 1, Mondays, Someone's Looking At You, Banana Republic, She's So Modern etc, there was nothing I would change. On re-hearing, on re-singing them I understood that they could have been written yesterday.
“The circumstances within which they were written hadn't changed. Tragically and unfortunately I could sing those words with utter conviction. This isn't nostalgia, rather perhaps a time to be angry again. Time to go back to Boomtown.”
Tickets are priced from €39 and go on sale on Thursday September 24th at 9am.
The biggest Electric Picnic yet had a heavyweight line-up to match. Britpop cheeky chappies Blur, techno veterans Underworld and clothes-boycotting icon Grace Jones gave the festival a nostalgic gloss, though with contemporary chart-toppers Florence and the Machine and Sam Smith also on the bill, this was by no means an oldies-only weekend.