The Boomtown Rats have reformed with Bob Geldof back on the vocals.
and have been announced for the Isle Of White Festival main stage on Sunday June 16th
After a 26-year hiatus, Bob Geldof will be fronting The Boomtown Rats for a UK festival exclusive, playing the Main Stage on Sunday 16th June.
The Dublin band were always given short shrift by the hipsters but for a period of time made a pretty convincing stab at the poppier, Springsteen fringe of punk rock and Geldof was a great frontman and Johnny Fingers looked like a cuddly Sid Vicious in pyjamas. Their early catalogue is dotted with some great singles and for many younger punk rock kids they were a big deal.
Their unashamed commerciality was probably what grated with the punk inner circle, who, to be honest were doing the same thing but less obviously. A listen back to their early records now shows a surprisngly good, tough sounding band and maybe it’s time that history had another look at them and acknowledged this and their size- they were, for a period, the biggest of the punk/new wave bands.
I’d like to be hip and cool about these things but have to admit there were some really good and pretty exciting songs in their early catalogue and some interesting, quirky moments like on ‘Like Clockwork’. Whether they were punk or not is a moot point but as a tough pop band they certainly had their moments.
Post band Bob Geldof stopped lots of people from starving and has become far more famous than his former band…