Monday 11 December 2017

Here's one I wrote (much) earlier: Bob is first guest on Gaybo's new show

I can reveal that Bob Geldof is to be the first guest on Gay Byrne's new RTÉ series One Night Only.

Filming in July, the show will see Sir Bob performing some of his biggest hits and then reveal the inspiration for them to the former Late Late host.

This will inevitably lead to a mid-summer airing of Band Aid's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'.

More interesting could be Bob on the Boomtown Rats' 1977 hit 'Mary of the 4th Form', about a schoolgirl who grew up to be a very senior Irish civil servant.

A happier memory than the Rats' biggest hit 'I Don't Like Mondays', which concerns another schoolgirl but one who went on a shooting spree in the US.

And as for the band's last top 10 hit, 1980s 'Banana Republic', which references the "black and blue uniforms of the priests and the police" -- well we imagine Bob will have plenty to say. . .

It was back in 1977 when Gay first interviewed Bob on the Late Late Show, an interview in which he tore into the Catholic Church and claimed he'd only joined a group "to get laid".

'Looking After No 1', indeed.

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