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Thursday, July 03, 2014

October/November 2014 Tour Dates

All on sale tomorrow morning!



Saturday 13th September 2014 - Heartlands, Pool, Cornwall, England
Saturday 11th October 2014 - Butlins, Skegness, Lincolnshire PE25 1NJ, England
Saturday 18th October 2014 - WOLVERHAMPTON Wulfrun Hall
Sunday 19th October 2014 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
Monday 20th October 2014 - GLASGOW O2 ABC
Wednesday 22nd October 2014 - SHEFFIELD O2 Academy Sheffield
Thursday 23rd October 2014 - LIVERPOOL O2 Academy Liverpool
Saturday 25th October 2014 - MANCHESTER Ritz
Sunday 26th October 2014 - LINCOLN Engine Shed
Tuesday 28th October 2014 - LEAMINGTON SPA Assembly
Wednesday 29th October 2014 - BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Friday 31st October 2014 - PORTSMOUTH Pyramids
Saturday 1st November 2014 - OXFORD O2 Academy Oxford
Monday 3rd November 2014 - CAMBRIDGE Junction
Tuesday 4th November 2014 - LEICESTER O2 Academy Leicester
Thursday 6th November 2014 - BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy Bournemouth
Friday 7th November 2014 - LONDON Forum

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Festival Dates 2014

Get yer wellies on!

Jersey has been cancelled.

Sunday 25th May 2014 - Plymouth Volkfest Newnham Park,Plymouth,Devon PL7 5BN, England
Saturday 31st May 2014 - The Kings Arms, Pub Lane, All Cannings Wiltshire SN10 3PA
Sunday 1st June 2014 - Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH, England
Saturday 7th June 2014 - Gloucester Hall, Fort Regent, St Helier, Jersey  Cancelled
Saturday 21st June 2014 - Kongsvinger, Norway
Friday 27th June 2014 - Grassington Festival, Festival Marquee, Hebden Road, BD23 5LB, England
Friday 4th July 2014 - Chilfest, Pendley Meadow, Cow Lane, Tring, Herts, HP23 5QY, England
Saturday 5th July 2014 - Whitehaven Festival, Cumbria, England
Friday 18th July 2014 - Guilfest, Guildford, England
Saturday 19th July 2014 - Splendour, Wollaton Park, Nottingham, England
Sunday 20th July 2014 - Rewind Festival, Perth, Scotland
Sunday 17th August 2014 - Rewind Festival, Henley-on-Thames, England
Saturday 11th October 2014 - Butlins, Skegness, Lincolnshire PE25 1NJ, England 

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Rocket from the Crypt cover My Blues Away

San Diego legends Rocket from the Crypt have recorded a Boomtown Rats cover for a special tour single. The cover of The Boomtown Rats' My Blues Away can be heard here. My Blues Away


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday 10th November 2013 - Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, UK

Well, the train is leaving Boomtown, so I guess this is the end of the line.

In case, any of the band happen upon this blog, I'd like to thank them for everything they have ever done.

And a very big thank you for the last twelve months from Blackheath to The Roundhouse via Dublin, The Polo Club, Cork and Cambridge.  I have had the best time being a fan of this marvelous band.

Don't know what I'm going to do now...

They played.

Eva Braun
Like Clockwork
Neon Heart
She's Gonna Do You In
Someone's Looking
Joey's On The Street Again
Banana Republic
I Don't Like Mondays
She's So Modern
Close As You'll Ever Be
When The Night Comes
Mary of the Fourth Form
Looking After Number One
Rat Trap

Encore

Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
Diamond Smiles
The Boomtown Rats

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Saturday 9th November 2013 - Fat Sam's, Dundee, UK

They played.

Eva Braun
Like Clockwork
Neon Heart
She's Gonna Do You In
Someone's Looking
Joey's On The Street Again
Banana Republic
I Don't Like Mondays
She's So Modern
Close As You'll Ever Be
When The Night Comes
Mary of the Fourth Form
Looking After Number One
Rat Trap

Encore

Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
Diamond Smiles
The Boomtown Rats

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Thursday 7th November 2013 - Dome, Doncaster, UK

They played.

Eva Braun
Like Clockwork
Neon Heart
She's Gonna Do You In
Someone's Looking
Joey's On The Street Again
Banana Republic
I Don't Like Mondays
She's So Modern
Close As You'll Ever Be
When The Night Comes
Mary of the Fourth Form
Looking After Number One
Rat Trap

Encore

Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
Diamond Smiles
The Boomtown Rats

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Wednesday 6th November 2013 - 02 Academy, Birmingham, UK

Loud and proud in Birmingham.  Did consider going, but rather than returning to Euston after the last tube had long gone, I stayed in and watched the football!  However it sounds like Geldof has got the same bug I have, but whilst he troops on with his tonic (groan), I curl up on the sofa.

They played.

Eva Braun
Like Clockwork
Neon Heart
She's Gonna Do You In
Someone's Looking
Joey's On The Street Again
Banana Republic
I Don't Like Mondays
She's So Modern
Close As You'll Ever Be
When The Night Comes
Mary of the Fourth Form
Looking After Number One
Rat Trap

Encore

Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
Diamond Smiles
The Boomtown Rats

Support: Patrik Fitzgerald

Monday, November 04, 2013

Monday 4th November 2013 - 02 Academy, Newcastle, UK

Fleeing from the Scots, the Rats return to England!  Very well informed review from The Shields Gazette even mentioning previous Rats visits to the Mayfair Ballroom and the more recent gig at The Sage, Gateshead.

They played.


Eva Braun
Like Clockwork
Neon Heart
She's Gonna Do You In
Someone's Looking
Joey's On The Street Again
Banana Republic
I Don't Like Mondays
She's So Modern
Close As You'll Ever Be
When The Night Comes
Mary of the Fourth Form
Looking After Number One
Rat Trap



Encore


Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
Diamond Smiles
The Boomtown Rats

Support : Patrik Fitzgerald

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Sunday 3rd November 2013 - 02 Academy, Glasgow, UK

The Rats head further north to Scotland.  As far as I know no bagpipes used this time around unlike their trip to Loch Lomond in 1979.

They played.


Eva Braun
Like Clockwork
Neon Heart
She's Gonna Do You In
Someone's Looking
Joey's On The Street Again
Banana Republic
I Don't Like Mondays
She's So Modern
Close As You'll Ever Be
When The Night Comes
Mary of the Fourth Form
Looking After Number One
Rat Trap



Encore


Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
Diamond Smiles
The Boomtown Rats

Support : Patrik Fitzgerald

Friday, November 01, 2013

Friday 1st November 2013 - Academy, Manchester, UK

Another big night in the north. The Manchester Evening News' cub reporter enjoyed it!

They played.


Eva Braun
Like Clockwork
Neon Heart
She's Gonna Do You In
Someone's Looking
Joey's On The Street Again
Banana Republic
I Don't Like Mondays
She's So Modern
Close As You'll Ever Be
When The Night Comes
Mary of the Fourth Form
Looking After Number One
Rat Trap



Encore


Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
Diamond Smiles
The Boomtown Rats

Support : Patrik Fitzgerald


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday 31st October 2013 - 02 Academy, Leeds, UK

Early start in Leeds due to a 10pm curfew.  Whatever happened to my rock 'n' roll?

They played.


Eva Braun
Like Clockwork
Neon Heart
She's Gonna Do You In
Someone's Looking
Joey's On The Street Again
Banana Republic
I Don't Like Mondays
She's So Modern
Close As You'll Ever Be
When The Night Comes
Mary of the Fourth Form
Looking After Number One
Rat Trap



Encore


Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
Diamond Smiles
The Boomtown Rats

Support : Patrik Fitzgerald


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tuesday 29th October 2013 - Rock City, Nottingham, UK

Very little to add to this, nothing too unexpected in the set, but a wild and enthusiastic audience and a great review in the Nottingham Post

Reunion tours are always risky propositions, but as this unexpectedly thrilling show demonstrated, The Boomtown Rats have absolutely made the right call.

They played.


  • Eva Braun
  • Like Clockwork
  • Neon Heart
  • She's Gonna Do You In 
  • Someone's Looking 
  • Joey's On The Street Again 
  • Banana Republic 
  • I Don't Like Mondays 
  • She's So Modern
  • Close As You'll Ever Be 
  • When The Night Comes 
  • Mary of the Fourth Form 
  • Looking After Number One
  • Rat Trap



Encore


  • Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
  • Diamond Smiles 
  • The Boomtown Rats




Support: Patrik Fitzgerald

Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday 28th October 2013 - 02 Academy, Bristol, UK

Another big crowd and another little surprise.  In tribute to the late Lou Reed they played White Light/White Heat.  Also a welcome return of Never Bite The Hand That Feeds to the set.

Bristol Post ..we Bristolians were treated to a superb live show, which included a cover of White Heat/White Light in tribute to the late, great Lou Reed.   You could question the motives for coming out on tour after all this time, but why bother? For those who turned out it felt good, really good. And that is the point, right?

They played.
  • Eva Braun
  • Like Clockwork
  • Neon Heart
  • She's Gonna Do You In 
  • Someone's Looking 
  • Joey's On The Street Again 
  • Banana Republic 
  • She's So Modern 
  • I Don't Like Mondays 
  • Close As You'll Ever Be 
  • When The Night Comes 
  • Mary of the Fourth Form 
  • Looking After Number One
  • Rat Trap


Encore


  • White Light/White Heat
  • Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
  • Diamond Smiles 
  • The Boomtown Rats



Support: Patrik Fitzgerald

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Saturday 26th October 2013 - The Roundhouse, London, UK

Another superb show from the Rats.   A very busy Roundhouse, so much so that instead of my usual position about three from the front, there were up to twenty people of so in front.  Still close enough to see everything but with the added improvement of sound and a better overall view of the stage. Plenty of profanity for Geldof and a interesting tale about his fuck off snake skin suit.  Buy the CD if you want to hear it all.

Rat Trap was enhanced with the saxophone hitherto unheard on the UK leg of the tour, I'm not sure what happened in Ireland.  Gerry Cott came onstage for the final two songs of the set (Lookin' After No 1 and Rat Trap).

They played.

  • Eva Braun
  • Like Clockwork
  • Neon Heart
  • She's Gonna Do You In 
  • Someone's Looking 
  • Joey's On The Street Again 
  • Banana Republic 
  • She's So Modern 
  • I Don't Like Mondays 
  • Close As You'll Ever Be 
  • When The Night Comes 
  • Mary of the Fourth Form 
  • Looking After Number One
  • Rat Trap

Encore

  • Having My Picture Taken
  • Diamond Smiles 
  • The Boomtown Rats


Support: Patrik Fitzgerald

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday 25th October 2013 - University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

As I wasn't there and there aren't any reviews yet, a simple set list for now.

They played.

  • Eva Braun
  • Like Clockwork
  • Neon Heart
  • She's Gonna Do You In 
  • Someone's Looking 
  • Joey's On The Street Again 
  • Banana Republic 
  • She's So Modern 
  • I Don't Like Mondays 
  • Close As You'll Ever Be 
  • When The Night Comes 
  • Mary of the Fourth Form 
  • Looking After Number One
  • Rat Trap

Encore

  • Having My Picture Taken
  • Diamond Smiles 
  • The Boomtown Rats


Support: Patrik Fitzgerald

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday 23rd October 2013 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK

Having missed my out on my trip to Dublin for numerous reasons, I headed up the M11 to Cambridge courtesy of National Express to see the Rats live.  The traffic was wild in Cambridge itself, making me half an hour later than expected.  So I  got my ticket from the box office, grabbed a pint at the bar and headed down the front to catch the end of Patrik Fitzgerald's support slot.  I can't really comment on his set, but from what I saw it was one man, a guitar and a sound box busking.

Anyway to the main event.  The Rats came onto the stage to the recording of the eponymous song and video, and then launched into Eva Braun.  From there on song after song followed with the audience in my section,  pretty much centre stage at the front, lapping it up.  Even in the distant balcony, there was a lot of clapping and cheering throughout the set, however it was pretty hard to see to far back on the flat floor of the Corn Exchange but each song was enthusiastically received so I suspect there were a lot of people behind me.  Less talk than expected between songs from Geldof, and they kept all the songs pretty tight, even with the Mary variation of incorporating Boom Boom and I Wanna Be Your Man.  An absolute barnstorming performance all the way through to the sax-less Rat Trap.

I was anticipating them returning to play Never Bite The Hand That Feeds, which I have never heard live before, but when they came back from the encore and Geldof told everyone to get their fucking cameras out, I knew it wasn't going to happen.   So the Rats rounded off the show with Having My Picture Taken, Diamond Smiles with a small break before closing with the eponymous song and Geldof with a towel over his head concluding a very energetic and engaging performance.

They played.
  • Eva Braun
  • Like Clockwork
  • Neon Heart
  • She's Gonna Do You In 
  • Someone's Looking 
  • Joey's On The Street Again 
  • Banana Republic 
  • She's So Modern 
  • I Don't Like Mondays 
  • Close As You'll Ever Be 
  • When The Night Comes 
  • Mary of the Fourth Form 
  • Looking After Number One
  • Rat Trap
Encore
  • Having My Picture Taken
  • Diamond Smiles 
  • The Boomtown Rats

Support: Patrik Fitzgerald

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday 22nd October 2013 - 02 Academy, Bournemouth. UK

First date on the mainland, same set as Belfast, but with the return of the video screen.

They played not necessarily in this order,,,


  • Eva Braun
  • Like Clockwork
  • Neon Heart
  • She's Gonna Do You In 
  • Someone's Looking 
  • Joey's On The Street Again 
  • Banana Republic 
  • I Don't Like Mondays
  • She's So Modern 
  • Close As You'll Ever Be 
  • When The Night Comes 
  • Mary of the Fourth Form 
  • Looking After Number One
  • Rat Trap


Encore

  • Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
  • Diamond Smiles 
  • The Boomtown Rats
Support : Patrik Fitzgerald

Monday, October 21, 2013

Ratlife EP


Now available from all good (and not so good) download stores and also on Spotify.

Sadly, Back To Boomtown aside, it's a bit of a disappointment. The eponymous song is fine for when the band come on stage, but not particularly impressive on your stereo, whilst Ratlife evoke memories of Randy Crawford's Streetlife, which isn't a good thing, and Ratified, which sounds like a bad Oasis track, has lyrics where are possibly the lamest I have heard for a very long time.

Boomtown Ratified.
Lead me back to boomtown and I'll be ratified. 
Boomtown Ratified.

Oh dear!

For the record, Back To Boomtown  is slightly abridged mix of the album version and appears to be the same as the video mix.





  1. The Boomtown Rats5:13
  2. Back To Boomtown (The Remix)4:05
  3. Ratlife4:47
  4. Ratified4:12

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday 18th October 2013 - Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK

Tonight, a slightly abridged set in Northern Ireland.

They played.

  • Eva Braun
  • Like Clockwork
  • Neon Heart
  • She's Gonna Do You In 
  • Someone's Looking 
  • Joey's On The Street Again 
  • Banana Republic 
  • She's So Modern 
  • I Don't Like Mondays 
  • Close As You'll Ever Be 
  • When The Night Comes 
  • Mary of the Fourth Form 
  • Looking After Number One
  • Rat Trap


Encore


  • Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
  • Diamond Smiles 
  • The Boomtown Rats

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Saturday 13th October 2013 - Vicar Street, Dublin, Eire


They played a familiar set list, but with one big surprise towards the end which was to play Never Bite The Hand That Feeds for the first time live.  Possibly ever.  Even Garry Roberts can't remember if they ever played it live before.  Now I regret not going.  Still always the hope it will get aired in Cambridge or London.
Next stop, Belfast. But first another great review.

Fortitude Magazine - Live Boomtown Rats Dublin

Owning the stage in a flamboyant, snakeskin suit, frontman and Irish legend, Bob Geldof ran the stage like he was back in 1975. Erupting straight into ‘Eva Braun’, quickly followed and topped by the upbeat, well-received ’Like Clockwork’, The Rats had a packed Vicar Street alive and screaming lyrics back at them

Wrapping up the night with ‘Rat Trap’ as a “finish”, the band brought a sax player on stage to join Bob, Simon, Pete and Garry, along with the two newbies. As if anyone believed they would leave it there, back they came for ‘Never Bite The Hand That Feeds’ and  ’Diamond Smiles’, which impressively still encaptured the same mass of energy which was present in the very first song.
Doubting that the fans had had enough excitement, they once again reappeared wanting even more, with a second encore, to really conclude their comeback with one mighty bang. Throwing themselves into what can only be described as a chanting, almost heavy cheerleading-like anthem, creatively entitled ‘The Boomtown Rats’, the show ended here. Show, singular- there will be more.
Quite clearly demonstrated on the Vicar Street stage, and according to the man, Bob Geldof himself- “The Boomtown Rats are back in town”
  • Eva Braun
  • Like Clockwork
  • Neon Heart
  • She's Gonna Do You In
  • Someone's Looking
  • Joey's On The Street Again
  • Banana Republic
  • Having My Picture Taken
  • She's So Modern
  • I Don't Like Mondays
  • Close As You'll Ever Be
  • When The Night Comes
  • Me & Howard Hughes
  • Mary of the Fourth Form
  • Looking After Number One
  • Rat Trap

Encore

  • Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
  • Diamond Smiles
  • The Boomtown Rats

SUPPORT : The Mighty Stef

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Saturday 12th October 2013 - Vicar Street, Dublin, Eire


Due to personal circumstances my seat on Ryanair was left vacant last night, so I have no idea how it went. And I won't be there tonight either.

Never mind my bollocks, here's a four star review from the Daily Telegraph

So it was all the more striking that, despite the songs inevitable dating, the performance itself never felt like an exercise in nostalgia. In recent interviews Geldof has asserted that he is as angry now as the day he stepped off the ferry from Dublin in 1976 and that chip-on-shoulder chutzpah blazed all evening. After all he has been through and achieved, Geldofs ability to tap the inchoate rage of his youth was remarkable.

They played a familiar set list, with no surprises..
  • Eva Braun
  • Like Clockwork
  • Neon Heart
  • She's Gonna Do You In
  • Someone's Looking
  • Joey's On The Street Again
  • Banana Republic
  • Having My Picture Taken
  • She's So Modern
  • I Don't Like Mondays
  • Close As You'll Ever Be
  • When The Night Comes
  • Me & Howard Hughes
  • Mary of the Fourth Form
  • Looking After Number One
  • Rat Trap
Encore
  • Elephant's Graveyard
  • Diamond Smiles
  • The Boomtown Rats
SUPPORT : The Mighty Stef

Not just one new Rats CD - Ten!!!

After the new less than inspiring hits CD, there are some genuine treats in store coming this October.

First up, tonight's Vicar Street sell out date will be on CD available as soon as the gig finishes.

And the Roundhouse will also be recorded as well.




And if that's not enough, the six Rats albums are all getting another release, this time as a box set.


Only disappointment is that these are the remastered albums from 2005 rather than the originals, but the box does retail for less than £20, so a great deal if you don't have the albums already.

Back to Boomtown video

Here's the latest video from the band.  A good song as well!

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Boomtown Rats night on BBC4 - Sunday 6th October

To celebrate Bobby Boomtown's Sixty Second birthday, they are having a couple of broadcasts of great interest on BBC 4

First up at 9pm...

Mark Lawson talks to Sir Bob Geldof about his life and career. From the formation of the Boomtown Rats in the mid 1970s to his work with Band Aid and Live Aid in the 1980s and his continuing influence on key figures on the world stage, Geldof has been a key figure in music and politics over several decades. In 2013, the Boomtown Rats reunited for the first time in over 25 years and Geldof talks candidly to Mark about his career in music, his activism, his family and his very public personal traumas


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03ctzdw

But as good as that is, even better they are broadcasting the Rats from 1984 at 10pm!

Pete Drummond introduces a 1984 concert by the Boomtown Rats from Goldiggers in Chippenham.


Monday, September 09, 2013

Back To Boomtown - Classic Rats Hits

A new greatest hits album with two newly recorded tracks.
BACK TO BOOMTOWN : CLASSIC RATS HITS



Tracklist


  1. The Boomtown Rats
  2. Mary Of The Fourth Form
  3. (I Never Loved) Eva Braun
  4. Neon Heart
  5. Like Clockwork
  6. She's So Modern
  7. Lookin' After No. 1
  8. Someone's Looking At You
  9. Me And Howard Hughes
  10. Joey's On The Street Again
  11. I Don't Like Mondays
  12. Having My Picture Taken
  13. Banana Republic
  14. Diamond Smiles
  15. Rat Trap
  16. Back To Boomtown
  17. Drag Me Down (Digital Only)
  18. House on Fire (Digital Only)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Out on the Winding Sunny Moors

Having not spent a weekend at home for the last month or so, and with a trip to Dublin to pay for, I elected to forego my trip to glorious Devon for the Chagstock Festival to see the Rats cause the first storm on the mainland this summer.

From the second hand reports, The Rats played


  • Eva Braun
  • Like Clockwork
  • Neon Heart
  • She's Gonna Do You In (with Geldof on harmonica)
  • Someone's Looking At You
  • Joey's On The Street Again
  • Banana Republic
  • Having My Picture Taken 
  • She's So Modern
  • Mondays
  • Close As You'll Ever Be
  • When The Night Comes
  • Howard Hughes
  • Mary of the Fourth Form (interspersed with I Wanna Be Your Man and Boom Boom)
  • Looking After Number One
  • Rat Trap
  • Diamond Smiles
  • The Boomtown Rats

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Back To Boomtown - Tour Dates 2013




Ratified (public rehearsals)
Saturday 4th May 2013 - Hurtwood Park Polo Club, Surrey, UK
Friday 7th June 2013 - The Gate, Ifield, Sussex, UK

The Boomtown Rats
Sunday 16th June 2013 - Isle of Wight, UK ~ Isle of Wight Festival
Friday 5th July 2013 - Cork, Ireland - Live at the Marquee, Cork
Sunday 7th July 2013 -  Seenland Festival, Germany
Saturday 20th July 2013 - Chagford, Devon - Chagstock Festival, Devon EX20 2PR
Saturday 12th October 2013 - Vicar Street, Dublin
Sunday 13th October 2013 - Vicar Street, Dublin
Friday 18th October 2013 - Ulster Hall, Belfast
Tuesday 22nd October 2013  - 02 Academy, Bournemouth
Wednesday 23rd October 2013  - Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Friday 25th October 2013  - University of East Anglia, Norwich
Saturday 26th October 2013  - The Roundhouse, London
Monday 28th October 2013  - 02 Academy, Bristol
Tuesday 29th October 2013 - Rock City, Nottingham
Thursday 31st October 2013  - 02 Academy, Leeds
Friday 1st November 2013 - Academy, Manchester
Sunday 3rd November 2013 -  02 Academy, Glasgow
Monday 4th November 2013 -  02 Academy, Newcastle
Wednesday 6th November 2013 -  02 Academy, Birmingham
Thursday 7th November 2013 - Dome, Doncaster
Saturday 9th November 2013 - Fat Sam's, Dundee
Sunday 10th November 2013 - Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Friday, July 05, 2013

Up All Night - Live At The Marquee - Cork

A large crowd (estimated 2-3,000) turned up to see The Rats play their first gig with Geldof and Briquette in tow since 1986.  After 27 long years, the band played a barnstorming set and created a lot of buzz in the city centre post gig. A very tight set, so much so that Having My Picture Taken got dropped and the mooted Kicks wasn't played, even the new additional verse for She's So Modern was dropped and Banana Republic stripped to the bare bones.  The gig was all the better for it giving the enthusiastic audience some superb entertainment.

The Rats Rock Out!
Courtesy Jules- The Hippy Angel - https://www.facebook.com/thehippyangel?fref=ts



Personally, it was a very long day, staying up all night in order to catch the 8am flight back to London. Fcuk knows what happened to my banana.

Yours truly with a banana!
Courtesy of Joke


Support :Fred  (the band)


The badly numbered setlist.
Courtesy Jules- The Hippy Angel - https://www.facebook.com/thehippyangel?fref=ts



The Rats played

  • Eva Braun
  • Like Clockwork
  • Neon Heart
  • She's Gonna Do You In (with Geldof on harmonica)
  • Someone's Looking At You
  • Joey's On The Street Again
  • Banana Republic
  • Having My Picture Taken (on set list, not played)
  • She's So Modern
  • Mondays
  • Close As You'll Ever Be
  • When The Night Comes
  • Howard Hughes
  • Mary of the Fourth Form (interspersed with I Wanna Be Your Man and Boom Boom)
  • Looking After Number One
  • Rat Trap


And came back for an encore, playing

  • Elephant's Graveyard
  • Diamond Smiles


And back for a second encore before they pulled the plug

  • The Boomtown Rats

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Absolutely Fcuking Mega

Saturday 16th June 2013 - Isle of Wight Festival

Mega or What?
Courtesy Jules- The Hippy Angel - https://www.facebook.com/thehippyangel?fref=ts

The Boomtown Rats are back!  Dublin's finest graced the stage at the Isle of Wight festival and treated the masses to an absolutely fcuking mega show.

The following were broadcast on You Tube.
  • Eva Braun
  • Clockwork
  • Neon Heart
  • She's Gonna Do You In
  • Someone's Looking At You
  • Lookin' After No 1
  • Mondays

with the unbroadcast She's So Modern, Mary and Rat Trap to rounding things off.

Friday, June 07, 2013

I Remember You

The Gate, Ifield - Friday 7th June


At a pub in the middle of the fcuking countryside
Courtesy Jules- The Hippy Angel - https://www.facebook.com/thehippyangel?fref=ts
Ratified had a band practice in the beer garden of The Gate in Ifield and around 300 people turned up to see them.

They played their prospective Isle of Wight set namely


  • I Never Loved Eva Braun
  • Like Clockwork
  • Neon Heart
  • She's Gonna Do You In
  • She's So Modern
  • Mary of the Fourth Form
  • Diamond Smiles
  • I Don't Like Mondays
  • Looking After Number One
  • Rat Trap


And they also played some additional songs for their fans who traveled from far and wide to see them

• Elephant's Graveyard
• Close As You'll Ever Be
• Banana Republic
• Joey's On The Street Again
• When The Night Comes
• Having My Picture Taken
• Someone's Looking At You
• Back In The Night

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Alive and Kicking at The Country Club


Hurtwood Park Polo Club - Saturday 4th May

Now the cat is well and truly out of the bag...

Anyway, for those not in the know, Ratified (Crowe, Roberts, Geldof, Briquette, Beale and Dunn) played a full set at Hurtwood Park Polo Club.  Who the fcuk are The Boomtown Rats?  This band is far better.

They played (not necessarily in this order)
  • Eva Braun
  • Clockwork
  • Neon Heart
  • She's Gonna Do You In (with Geldof on harmonica)
  • Having My Picture Taken
  • Someone's Looking At You
  • Mondays
  • Joey's On The Street Again
  • When The Night Comes
  • She's So Modern
  • Howard Hughes
  • Close As You'll Ever Be
  • Banana Republic 
  • Mary of the Fourth Form (interspersed with I Wanna Be Your Man and Boom Boom)
  • Looking After Number One
  • Rat Trap

And came back for an encore, playing
  • Elephant's Graveyard
  • Diamond Smiles

They were absolutely superb.  Geldof sans guitar in a snake skin suit and looking like he was really enjoying it.  The small stage meant little room to run around on, so Geldof did a bit of jogging on the spot and at the end Garry Roberts threw his guitar up in the air only to miss his catch and have it crash into Alan's keyboards.  When The Night Comes sounded better than on record and hearing Howard Hughes for the first time in many a year was a highlight.  The set was nice and tight with little rambling in the songs, and aside from Geldof's longish introduction to Banana Republic there wasn't too much talk between songs.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Rats at Shag Fest in Devon

or so Geldof thought...



Saturday 20th July 2013.  Tickets available from http://www.chagstock.info/


Bob Geldof said: "The second I heard the name 'Shagstock' I knew that was THE festival for The Boomtown Rats.Only later when we agreed and signed contracts did Simon, the Rats drummer, point out it was in fact 'Chagstock', his local summer Music Fest. Oh well... I will do my best to personally attempt to do everything in my power to have the name revert to my far better original mistake.It’s a beautif ul part of the world. Billy Bragg is a hero. The Rats are a great band. It will be a pleasure to do the Rat in Devon again."
Simon Ford from Chagstock Festival added: "We are delighted to announce The Boomtown Rats will exclusively headline our main stage at Chagstock. They are a classic band with a string of memorable hits. Combined with Billy Bragg’s performance immediately before the Boomtown Rats, Chagstock 2013 is shaping up to be our best line up ever - and we still have a number of major artists to announce! We can’t wait!”
Chagstock’s capacity is once again capped at just 5,000 tickets to ensure that its intimate, family-friendly atmosphere is maintained.


Read more: http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/Boomtown-Rats-headline-Chagstock-music-festival/story-18392568-detail/story.html#ixzz2NMjzmOTj

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Irish Press Coverage

Lots of press coverage in Ireland at the moment,  nice to see the old Geldof back again being a pain.  Should shift a few tickets for the Cork date.

TV3
Short TV Interview.

Irish Times
Geldof pointed out that he had strong links to Leeside as it was where his father met his mother and where his sisters were born.
"Its over 30 years since the Rats formed but I would defy anyone to go through Banana Republic, Rat Trap or Looking After No 1, line by line and tell me that what we were singing about is still not pertinent and relevant today"

Irish Sun
Speaking to John Murray on RTE Radio One yesterday, Bob said: “I’m going to Australia in a couple of days and to Chicago tomorrow. And I guarantee you I’ll see queueing at the airports — very smart young Irish people who ain’t coming back. That is a grotesque tragedy.”

Cork Evening Echo
"It's time to perform the Rats songs again because of the climate that's in it. Those songs came out of specific social, economic and political conditions.  We knew that this country had betrayed its own people so that they couldnt provide a future for their own children viz us. And why were we quiet?"
"I never thought wed go back to the haemorrhaging of our own talent, never in a million years.  That's why I feel the songs we wrote back in the 1970s and 80s still have a pertinence today, I won't do pantomime. I'm not into nostalgia. I'm certainly not into pretending I'm 23 again but I can guarantee that when you hear those songs like Looking After Number One and Banana Republic, it'll be like 1979 again.  We've only been back together again for a couple of weeks and Ive forgotten most of the words so were learning them all off again but the  creative energy that comes from the people who wrote the songs performing them live is incredible"

Boomtown Rats to play Australia in May - Err no they didn't!

This didn't happen due to poor ticket sales.


A tour of Australia and New Zealand ahead of the dates in the UK and Ireland.

Monday 20th May 2013 - Brisbane, Australia
Tuesday 21st May 2013 - Sydney, Australia
Thursday 23rd May 2013 - Melbourne, Australia
Saturday 25th May 2013 - Auckland, New Zealand
Monday 27th May 2013 - Adelaide, Australia


Thursday 23rd May 2013 - Sydney Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia 
Saturday 25th May 2013 (Rearranged from Tuesday 28th May 2013) - Perth, Australia ~ Challenge Stadium, Stephenson Ave, Mt Claremont, WA 6010, Australia

Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

Live at The Marquee in July (Cork, not London)




The Boomtown Rats will play Live at the Marquee in Cork on Friday 5th July 2013

"The old town looks the same, as I step down from the train, and there to greet me is".er....I won't quote Phillo and say the boys are back in town or the Rats are back in Boomtown (but they are!), I'll just say we fancied getting up there and playing those songs again for the sheer joy of it and we hope some of you would like to hear them from the band that made them. Anyway it'll be good to be back and better to see everyone again!" - Bob Geldof

Tickets go on sale on Friday 22nd February 2013 at 9am

http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Live-At-The-Marquee-tickets-Cork/venue/197770

Monday, January 28, 2013

Geldof back with The Rats!


Yes, really.  At the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday 16th June 2013.  Hopefully the weather will be better this year.

Bob Geldof says: "Playing again with The Rats and doing those great songs again will be exciting afresh. 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. I also told several very boring frog anarchist types to go and fuck themselves and then stayed for a night in Hawkwind’s tent. That's pretty IOW. Maybe Hawkwind are playing again this year. Maybe I could use the tent again. It will be a privilege to be on that stage especially with a killer band like The Boomtown Rats."

http://www.isleofwightfestival.com/news/news/the-boomtown-rats-reform-and-play-sunday-227.aspx

Friday, December 07, 2012

Back to Black


The Rats played to a packed bar room in Dublin tonight.  After the vast Blackheath Halls, the smaller more intimate Whelan's in the heart of Dublin was the perfect venue to see and hear the band. The full set was played, except for the yet to be rehearsed numbers, and when they ran out of songs, they played Mary of the Fourth Form again.

(Vocals : Bob Bradbury except where stated)


  • Mary of the Fourth Form
  • Close As You'll Ever Be
  • Neon Heart
  • Joey's On The Street Again
  • Someone's Looking at You
  • Diamond Smiles
  • Looking After Number One
  • I Can Make It If You Can
  • Like Clockwork
  • She Does It Right (Vocals : Garrick Roberts)
  • Riot in Cell Block #9 (Vocals : Simon Crowe)
  • She's Gonna Do You In
  • Rat Trap
  • She's So Modern
  • I Don't Like Mondays
  • When The Night Comes (not played)
  • My Blues Away (not played)
  • Doin' It Right (not played)
  • Mary of the Fourth Form

As close as you'll ever get to recreating the days of playing Moran' s and there were even some younger fans lapping it up.  A great homecoming.

Now the band tour with The Blockheads and From The Jam, in a series of gigs in the UK.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Blackheath Halls


The Rats played Blackheath Halls with more than able support from Eddie & The Hot Rods.  Pete Briquette was in the audience to see The Rats play (or not as the case might be) the following from the set list...

(Vocals : Bob Bradbury except where stated)

  • Mary of the Fourth Form
  • Close As You'll Ever Be
  • Neon Heart
  • Joey's On The Street Again
  • Someone's Looking at You
  • Diamond Smiles
  • Looking After Number One
  • I Can Make It If You Can (crossed out - Not played)
  • Like Clockwork
  • She Does It Right  (Vocals : Garrick Roberts)
  • Riot in Cell Block #9 (Vocals : Simon Crowe)
  • ------------------  (another crossed out, maybe She's Gonna Do You In)
  • Rat Trap
  • She's So Modern
  • I Don't Like Mondays
  • When The Night Comes (not played)
  • My Blues Away (not played)
  • Doin' It Right (not played)

Attendance was a little sparse as far as the audience was concerned in the 1,000 capacity hall. A few enthusiasts at the front, a few sat at round tables like a wedding in the middle, a few lurking at the back and a few at the bar.

Next Stop - Dublin!

Monday, August 06, 2012

How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell (again)

The signed How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell Deluxe Edition  will be released on 6th August 2012 and be strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide.  Adds a few bells and whistles to the original release, most notably the bonus DVD containing the excellent I Am Bob and the Systematic 6-Pack video and making of.  So if you have £60 spare go and treat yourself.  





What you get for your fucking money (apart from Geldof's signature) ...

24 Page booklet which includes text, images and sheet music


Library Card

'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell' CD Album
Tracklistings
1.How I Roll
2.Blowfish
3.She's A Lover
4.To Live In Love
5.Silly Pretty Thing
6.Systematic 6 - Pack
7.Dazzled By You
8.Mary Says
9.Blow
10.Here's To You
(Hidden- Young & Sober)

'How To Compose More Songs That Will Sell' Bonus CD
Tracklistings
1.Walking Back To Happiness
2.Harvest Moon
3.Battersea Morning
4.Systematic 6-Pack
5.The Banker's Song
6.Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight

'How To Make More Videos That Will Sell' Bonus DVD
Tracklistings
1. A Brief History of Bob
2. Silly Pretty Thing
3. Dazzled By You
4. Blow
5. Systematic 6-Pack
6. Young and Sober
7. Battersea Morning
8. I Am Bob
9. Making Of Systematic 6-Pack
10.Live In Texas (How I Roll)
11.Live in Paris

Monday, May 14, 2012

Live Target - Geldof Live



Geldof will be releasing a live CD on Monday 14th May 2012 exclusively available on www.bobgeldof.com for £15 plus postage.  It will also be on sale on all of his tour dates excluding the festivals. The CD will not be available in any shops nor available to download. Only 1000 copies will be available.

Track Listing:
1. The Great Song of Indifference
2. A Sex Thing
3. Systematic 6-pack
4. Walking Back to Happiness
5. How I Roll
6. Harvest Moon
7. One For Me
8. Mudslide
9. I Don't Like Mondays
10. Rat Trap

Sunday, January 01, 2012

2012 Dates



Boomtown Rats

Saturday 28th January 2012 Mecca Venue, Swindon (supporting T-Rex)  And a really good review can be found here http://gigbook.blogspot.com/2012/01/839-boomtown-rats-swindon-musical.html
Saturday 28th April 2012 The Factory, Porth.
Sunday 29th April 2012 Great British Alternative Festival
Friday 4th August 2012 The Big Stoochie Scotland
Saturday 11th August 2012 Ripley Town Hall, Near Harrogate. Yorkshire
Sunday 26th August 2012  Rhythm Festival Biggleswade
Friday 7th December 2012 Whelans, Dublin

Bob Geldof

Wednesday 15th March 2012 Dubai - Irish Village
Saturday 19th May 2012  Dublin - Vicar Street
Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd May 2012 Lichfield - The Garrick
Friday 25th May 2012 Harrogate Royal Hall
Saturday 26th May 2012 Middlesborough Town Hall
Sunday 27th May 2012 The Playhouse - Whitley Bay
Tuesday 29th May  Bristol - St Georges Theatre
Wednesday 30th May 2012 Yeovil - The Octagon Theatre
Thursday 31st May 2012 Brighton - Concorde 2
Friday 1st June 2012 London - Islington Assembly Hall
Saturday 16th June 2012 Germany - Kieler Woche Festival, Kiel
Friday 29th June 2012 Latvia - Dzintari Concert Hall, Riga
Saturday 7th July 2012 Leeds - Harewood House,Harewood
Friday 27th July 2012 Germany - Rock of Ages Festival - Seebron

Sunday, November 06, 2011

A New Bob

Bob Bradbury from Hello, is the latest singer/bassist to step into the shoes of Geldof and Briquette.

He played with the Rats at The Queens, Bromyard (on 5th November) and at the 70s weekend at The Unity Resort, Brean Sands, Somerset (on 6th November).

It is unknown if this is a permanent change to the line up.

There are some photographs with Bradbury sporting a pair of red trousers ala Geldof circa 1978, though definitely not quite as tight.






Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Geldof at Cadogan Hall




I suppose if I had to go to a Geldof concert, which I finally did tonight after some half hearted attempts in the distant past, then the least that could happen would be three Rats on stage.

Fortunately, the day before I had nabbed a couple of front row seats right in the middle of the stage.  My only fear was it may be a little too close for comfort. Cadogan Hall is possibly the most pristine venue I have ever watched a rock 'n' roll show at, only seeing Pulp at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane back in 1994 came close.  In my combat trousers, trainer and sweatshirt I feel very underdressed as all the staff were immaculately turned out and incredibly polite, a million miles away from the rude obnoxious security staff you often encounter at gigs.  Even the bouncer who threw one enthusiatic fan off stage was very polite about it!

For the most part, the concert was a lot of Geldof solo material. The best live songs were not just the Rats songs, but some of the songs off the last couple of solo albums which was a bit of a surprise for me.

Of the Sex Age & Death songs,  Mudslide and One for Me sounded far better live and  the awesome Scream in Vain more than lived up to expectations.  Scream in Vain had such a long rambling introduction that I was able to get to a distant bar and bring back a couple of beers as they started to play it. 
Other highlights were the superb Systematic Six Pack and a top notch Here's To You dedicated to his mates in the audience.   The Great Song of Indifference bookended the gig to great effect.  I have to confess that
sat in my comfy front and centre seat with a couple of beers, the remainder of the solo material washed over me, leaving me distracted enough to look around and see the venue was more or less sold out.

Now I was mainly there for the older material which took a little while to come.  I had never heard When The Night Comes live and understandably it did differ from the studio version, particularly the guitar solo.  Johnny Turnbull's electric and Vince Loveday's mandolin (well I think it was a mandolin) made the song sound different, and it's fair to say that Geldof didn't quite hold the melody as well as he could. However it was good to hear this song aired again.  Banana Republic had a long rambling introduction referring to when the Rats played Leixlip and Geldof's damning of the Irish establishment.  This was a really great rendition to the point when the indulgent play off took things down a little.  Next up was I Don't Like Mondays which  sounded like it had passed its sell by date. When people are laughing at the pause when the lesson today is how to die, you sense no one really needs to hear it again.

But the highlight of the evening was close at hand.  Suddenly Gerry Cott appeared on stage.  No one saw him walk on, he simply materialised.  Even Geldof seemed unaware he was stood right behind him as he was introducing him.   They did Mary of The Fourth Form followed by Joey's On The Street Again and then Rat Trap. This was fifteen to twenty minutes of pure magic, which brought the audience to its collective feet and was worth the price of the admission on its own.  Pete Briquette, who cooly ambled around the stage all evening, looked delighted to have his old friend back on stage with him, and the bon homie with Geldof suggested that past differences have been forgotten.

Had Geldof and co left it at that, no one could have complained, but they came out for a couple of encores. They started the encore with the bland Silly Pretty Thing, but great rendidtions of Diamond Smiles, Here's To You and finally The Great Song of Indifference when the whole band came to the front of the stage rounded off the evening superbly.  

When all is said and done it was a good show and I'm really glad I went despite certain reservations on seeing Geldof solo.  For Geldof, with the audience approaching the capacity of 900, this more or less fulfilled his ambition of playing a 2,000 seat venue and been able to walk home and sleep in his own bed.

Geldof should consider getting people standing up to watch him play in a more intimate venue like The 100 Club. Oh and of course, he should get Garrick and Simon to tag along next time and play a few more Rats songs.  Flying Fingers over from Japan may be too much to expect.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Alive and Kicking

Busy time for The Rats and Geldof, though sadly still apart, as they tour Europe

The Rats Tour Dates


Saturday 10th September 2011 Hertals Rock Festival, Netepark. 2200 Herentals. Belgium



Friday 14th October 2011 Tabernacle Junction, Yeovil BA20 1QA.

Friday 4th November 2011 Details Tbc

Saturday 5th November 2011 Booked Details Tbc

Sunday 6th November 2011 Unity Resort Brean Sands 70'S Festival



Saturday 3rd December 2011 Kiel, Germany


Bob Geldof Tour Dates 2011

Sat 4th September 2011 IRELAND, Electric Picnic, Crawdaddy Stage

Wed 14th September 2011 NEWCASTLE, The Sage Theatre

Thu 15th September 2011 SOUTHPORT Theatre

Sun 18th September 2011 CROYDON, Ashcroft Theatre

Tues 20th September 2011 LONDON, Cadogan Hall

Wed 21st September 2011 LINCOLN, Theatre Royal

3rd October 2011 - Liepzig

4th October 2011 - Kaufleuten, CH-Zurich, Switzerland

5th October 2011 - Burgheater, A-Vienna, Austria

7th October 2011 - RBB Sendesaal, Berlin, Germany

8th October 2011 - Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim, Germany

9th October 2011 - Theater am Tanzbrunnen, Koln, Germany

11th October 2011 - Fliegende Bauten, Hamburg, Germany

12th October 2011 - Theater am Aegi, Hanover, Germany

13th October 2011 - Prinzregententheater, Munchen, Germany

15th October 2011 - Franeker / De Koornbeurs ( 750 seated)

16th October 2011 - Amsterdam / melkweg - cancelled by promoter

17th October 2011 - Hoogeveen / De Tamboer (760 seated)  - cancelled by promoter

21st October 2011 - Gothenburg - Teatern

22nd October 2011 - Copenhagen - Studie 2 - DR Byen

23rd October 2011 - Oslo - Sentrum Scene

24th October 2011 - Uppsala -Katalin & All That Jazz

26th October 2011 - Stockholm - Nalen

27th October 2011 - Malmo Sweden Debaser

Wed 16th November 2011 - NUNEATON, Queens Hall

Thu 17th November 2011 - BRADFORD, St. George's Hall

Sat 19th November 2011 - ST ALBANS, Arena

Sun 20th November 2011 - MANCHESTER, The Quays Theatre

Mon 21st November 2011 - CHATHAM, Central Theatre
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