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Bob Geldof (left) and Pete Briquette of the Boomtown Rats performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival. Photo: PA

Bob Geldof (left) and Pete Briquette of the Boomtown Rats performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival. Photo: PA

Bob Geldof (left) and Pete Briquette of the Boomtown Rats performing on the Main Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival. Photo: PA

AGE, curiosity, cash – they're the reasons for the Boomtown Rats reunion, according to frontman Bob Geldof.

"Age and cash are self evident," says the grandad (61).

"Curiosity about many things. About each other and what we did together in the 70s and 80s.

"Curiosity about the songs that seem to have endured and the band that powered them."

It would seem that getting older has mellowed the band and the lure of a bumper payday was enough to convince them that a reunion could work.

The Rats enjoyed great popularity in Ireland and Britain in the late 1970s and are set to release a remastered 'best of' compilation on August 2.

The album, titled Back To Boomtown – Classic Rats Hits, will feature all their classics including Lookin' After No 1, and I Don't Like Mondays.

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They played their first gig in 27 years at the Isle of Wight festival last Sunday, and are set to tour the UK later in the year. They'll also take to the stage at the Marquee in Cork on July 5.

"When I sang the songs again I realised there was nothing I would change," says Geldof.

"I realised they could've been written yesterday because the circumstances within which they were written haven't changed. Tragically, I could still sing those words with utter conviction."

Two of the band's original members, Gerry Cott and Johnny Fingers, won't feature on the reunion tour but Garry Roberts, Pete Briquette and Simon Crowe will.

Geldof added: "This isn't nostalgia, rather perhaps a time to be angry again. Time to go back to Boomtown, even if only for a short while."

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