Tell me why they don't like Geldof
The veteran campaigner and human rights activist sees himself first and foremost as a musician but the empty seats and cancelled concerts show that few would agree. Rock critic John Meagher reports
The occasion was the NME awards in London last February and Bob Geldof was being commemorated for his charity work. Host and rising comedian Russell Brand had been in waspish mood all night. Geldof thought he'd give the young whippersnapper a piece of his mind and, on collecting the gong, he called Brand a "c***". Cue guffaws in the auditorium.
But Brand would have the last laugh. After Geldof had returned to his seat, the comic chortled: "No wonder Bob Geldof is such an expert on famine - he's been dining out on I Don't Like Mondays for 30 years."