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