Sir Bob says it’s time to head back to Boom­town

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

Geldof is to be re­united with the Boom­town Rats for the first time in more than 25 years at a fes­ti­val this year. The band, fa­mous for the hit sin­gles Rat Trap and I Don’t Like Mon­days, have an­nounced they are to play to­gether for the first time since 1986 for an ex­clu­sive UK per­for­mance at the Isle of Wight Fes­ti­val. ‘‘Play­ing again with the Rats and do­ing those great songs again will be ex­cit­ing afresh,’’ says Geldof. ‘‘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. Also, I’ve al­ways fan­cied play­ing the Isle of Wight Fes­ti­val ever since I hitched there in the good/bad days when I was a kid. I saw The Who, Doors (I think), Hen­drix and Leonard Co­hen, who in­ci­den­tally blew Hen­drix off the stage, and Kris Kristof­fer­son, who was also amaz­ing – God, so many cool bands.’’ Fes­ti­val pro­moter John Gid­dings says: ‘‘It’s great they have cho­sen the Isle of Wight Fes­ti­val as their re­u­nion. Our au­di­ence will love them, their cat­a­logue is clas­sic.’’ Formed in 1975 in Dublin, the Boom­town Rats be­came the first Ir­ish band to have a UK No.1 with Rat Trap and had a string of top 10 hits.

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