Saturday, May 23, 2020

Citizens of Boomtown: The Story of the Boomtown Rats

Watch it here...

With guests including Bono, Sinead O'Connor, Dave Stewart, Jools Holland, David Mallet and Sting, as well as music writers, photographers and historians, this film explores the musical and social legacy of Ireland's first rock superstars The Boomtown Rats, who changed their own lives, helped to change Ireland and, with Bob Geldof's Live Aid, changed the world.

In this entertaining, dramatic and absorbing film, director Billy McGrath digs deep into the bands history and remarkable songbook and highlights the key moments of its huge success and subsequent fall in 1985. And after over 30 years, why did the band regroup in 2013?

Friday, March 13, 2020

Citizens of Boomtown

The new LP.  Out Now! 

And it broke into the top 50 LPs in the UK chart


Better still #11 in Physical Chart...

Saturday, February 29, 2020

2020 Year of The Rat Dates

SUN 1 Mar 2020 Great British Alternative Festival Minehead, Somerset
FRI 2 Oct 2020 Cardiff University Great Hall
TUE 6 Oct 2020 London Palladium
WED 7 Oct 2020 Brighton Dome
MON 19 Oct 2020 Manchester O2 Ritz
WED 21 Oct 2020 Liverpool Grand Central Hall
MON 26 Oct 2020 York Barbican
WED 28 Oct 2020 Birmingham Town Hall
TUE 3 Nov 2020 Sage, Gateshead
WED 04 Nov 2020 Glasgow Old Fruitmarket
MON 09 Nov 2020 Cheltenham Town Hall
WED 18 Nov 2020 Cambridge Corn Exchange

Sunday, December 17, 2017

2018 Dates

Friday 19 January 2018 Pier 2, Bremen, Germany
Saturday 20 January 2018 Sporthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Monday 22nd January 2018 Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany

Saturday 2nd June 2018 Holywood Harmony Festival, Co Down,
Saturday 16th June 2018 Lets Rock, Temple Newsham, Leeds
Sunday 8th July 2018 Marlay Park, Dublin (Support for Queen)
Thursday 12th July 2018 Roots Festival Norway
Sunday 22nd July 2018 Rewind Scone Palace, Perth Scotland
Saturday 28th July 2018 Lets Rock, Clapham Common, London 
Sunday 5th August  2018 Rewind Capesthorne Hall, Chester
Saturday 11th August  2018 Kubix Festival New Herrington Country Park,Sunderland
Sunday 16th September 2018 Ramsbottom Festival
Sunday 22nd September 2018 MTV presents Gibraltar Calling music festival
Sunday 7th  October 2018 Great British Alternative Festival Skegness
Saturday 27th October 2018 Sligo Institute of  Technology
Sunday 28th October 2018 Wexford Spiegeltent
Thursday 6th December 2018 Aria Complex, Triq Hal-Gharghur, Iklin, Malta

Sunday, March 12, 2017

2017 Dates

Sunday 5th March Sporthalle,  Krochmannstraße 55, 22297 Hamburg, Germany.
Monday 6th March Pier 2, Gröpelinger Fährweg 6, 28237 Bremen, Germany
Friday 24th March The Mandela Hall, 79 University Rd,  Belfast
Saturday 25th March The Olympia Theatre,72 Dame St, Dublin, Ireland
Friday 7th April The Olympia Theatre,72 Dame St, Dublin, Ireland (Rock Against Homelessness)
Fri 21 April Famagusta, Cyprus
Saturday 1st July Prekyfest, Totally Wicked Stadium, McManus Drive, St Helens WA9 3AL   (Support includes ABC, Midge Ure, Paul Young, Dodgy and  Toploader)
Saturday 8th July  One Live Festival, Stoke Park, Parkway, Guildford, GU1 1ER,  UK   (Support includes The Darkness, Reverend & The Makers, Toploader)

Thursday 3rd August  Wacken Open Air 2017, Germany
Saturday 5th August  Amphitheater, Hanau, Germany
Saturday 12th August Nostalgie Beach Festival, Ostend, Belgium (with UB40 and Banarama)
Saturday 9th September Worcestershire County Cricket Grounds

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2016 Dates

Dates for your diaries

Friday 26th February 2016 Grosvenor House Hotel, London W1, UK
Saturday 26th March 2016 San Sebastian, SPAIN Cancelled due to weather
Friday 29th April 2016 The Stage, Basingstoke, Hampshire UK
Saturday 4th June 2016 Queen of the South FC , Palmerston Park, UK Cancelled due to low ticket sales
Saturday 18th June 2016 Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club,Ewhurst Green, Surrey GU6 7SW UK
Saturday 25th June 2016  Donauinselfest, Vienna, AUSTRIA
Friday 1st July 2016 Godiva Festival, Coventry, West Midands UK
Saturday 9th July 2016 Midnattsrocken 2016, Lakselv NORWAY
Saturday 16th July 2016 Wellow Fest, Chapel Farm. Wellow, Newark Nottingham NG22 0EJ, UK
Sunday 17th July 2016 Brentwood Festival, Essex, CM15 9NN, UK
Friday 29th July 2016 Silverstone, Northamptonshire UK
Thursday 11th August 2016 Leopardstown Racecourse, EIRE
Sunday 21st August 2016 Weyfest, Farnham, Surrey UK
Saturday 27th August 2016 Victorious Festival, Portsmouth, UK
Saturday 12th November 2016 Riesa, GERMANY

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Great Room, Grosvenor House, 86-90 Park Lane, London

W2 Foundation was set up by Keith Wood as a benevolent fund for Sport, Community, Education and Rugby Player Welfare. The W2 Foundation sits within The Ireland Funds and has raised over €1.5m to date. With no operational costs, all proceeds raised from the event go directly to the Foundation.

The Rats played

  • She's So Modern
  • Like Clockwork
  • Neon Heart 
  • (She's Gonna) Do You In
  • Someone's Looking (at You)
  • Banana Republic
  • I Don't Like Mondays
  • Close As You'll Ever Be
  • Mary of the 4Th Form
  • Lookin' After No 1
  • Rat Trap
  • The Boomtown Rats 

 From twitter...

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Olympia, Dublin, Ireland - Sunday 6th December 2015

The Rats are playing a homecoming 40th anniversary gig on Sunday 6th December 2015.  Support from The Trouble Pilgrims aka The Radiators from Space playing their 1977 album TV Tube Heart in its entirety (all 33 minutes of it).

Last tickets remaining in the upper circle for 39 euro via Ticketmaster Ireland and doubtless other ticket agencies.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Night at The Opera - Thursday 22nd October 2015

The Rats will be appearing at The Cork Opera House on the Thursday 22nd October 2015 as part of the Guinness Jazz Festival.

Rats, Jazz, Opera! That statement ranks as the greatest oxymoron I have ever written!

Still a very good excuse to head to Cork where their last gig in a tent went down a storm.  The Opera House sounds like another interesting venue.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Electric Picnic, Laois, Ireland

Sold Out already, even before they added The Greatest Rock 'n Roll Band In The World!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Carfest South, Laverstoke Park Farm Hampshire, UK

They played

  • She's So Modern 
  • Like Clockwork 
  • (She's Gonna) Do You In 
  • I Don't Like Mondays 
  • Mary of the 4th Form 
  • Looking After No. 1 
  • Rat Trap 
  • The Boomtown Rats

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Imelda May Show

Imelda May was joined by The Boomtown Rats, For those in Ireland you can watch on RTÉ

For the rest of us, a couple of minutes from the show and a trailer...

Monday, August 03, 2015

Friedberg, Germany

They Played

  • (I Never Loved) Eva Braun 
  • Like Clockwork 
  • Neon Heart 
  • (She's Gonna) Do You In 
  • Someone's Looking at You 
  • Banana Republic 
  • She's So Modern 
  • I Don't Like Mondays 
  • Close as You'll Ever Be 
  • Mary of the 4th Form
  • Looking After No. 1 
  • Rat Trap 


  • Diamond Smiles 
  • The Boomtown Rats 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Latitude, Suffolk, UK

They played

  • She's So Modern
  • Like Clockwork
  • (She's Gonna) Do You In
  • I Don't Like Mondays
  • Mary of the 4th Form
  • Looking After No. 1
  • Rat Trap
  • The Boomtown Rats
Noel Gallagher wouldn't let them play just before him nor let them do an encore.

Apologies for the length of this post, but it is one helluva poster!

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Let's Rock Bristol, Ashton Court, Bristol, UK

The Rats played an abridged set...

  • Mary of the 4th Form
  • Someone's Looking (At You)
  • Rat Trap
  • I Don't Like Mondays
  • Lookin' After No 1
  • She's So Modern
  • The Boomtown Rats
  • Like Clockwork
Other acts look like Hell on Earth..

Friday, June 05, 2015

Kivenlahti Rock Festival, Helsinki, Finland

They Played...

  • (I Never Loved) Eva Braun 
  • Like Clockwork 
  • Neon Heart 
  • (She's Gonna) Do You In 
  • Someone's Looking at You 
  • Banana Republic 
  • She's So Modern 
  • I Don't Like Mondays 
  • Close as You'll Ever Be 
  • Mary of the 4th Form / I Wanna Be Your Man / Boom Boom 
  • Looking After No. 1 
  • Rat Trap 

Encore of Me and Howard Hughes, Diamond Smiles and The Boomtown Rats in the setliste but were not played due to curfew.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany

Schlachthof translates as Slaughter House, which equates to Meat Factory, so most appropriate they ended the set with Rat Trap!

They played...

  • (I Never Loved) Eva Braun 
  • Like Clockwork 
  • Neon Heart 
  • (She's Gonna) Do You In 
  • Someone's Looking at You 
  • Banana Republic 
  • She's So Modern 
  • I Don't Like Mondays 
  • Close as You'll Ever Be 
  • Mary of the 4th Form 
  • Looking After No. 1 
  • Rat Trap 
  • Diamond Smiles 
  • The Boomtown Rats 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday 28th May 2015 Swiss Festival Winterthur, Switzerland

Yep, the Legend was on stage, but I know nothing else about it.  Please post comments.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Nöjesfabriken Karlstad Sweden

If a picture paints a thousand words, then this video must be showing a million! 
In lieu of any reviews, just watch the first 2015 date from THE BOOMTOWN RATS!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Festival Dates 2015

Friday 22nd May 2015 - Karlstad Sweden
Wednesday 27th May 2015 Munich, Germany (CANCELLED)
Thursday 28th May 2015   Swiss Festival Winterthur, Switzerland
Friday 29th May 2015 - Wiesbaden, Germany
Saturday 30th May 2015 - Cologne, Germany (CANCELLED)
Friday 5th June 2015 Kivenlahti Rock Festival, Helsinki, Finland 
Sunday 7th June 2015  Let's Rock Bristol, Ashton Court, Bristol, UK
Thursday 18th June 2015 Live Earth, Paris, France  (CANCELLED)
Sunday 21st June 2015  Lublin Festival, Poland
Sunday 19th July 2015 Latitude, Suffolk, UK
Friday 31st July 2015 Carfest North, Oulton Park, Cheshire , UK
Monday 3rd August 2015 Friedberg, Germany
Saturday 8th August 2015 Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, UK
Sunday 9th August 2015 Rewind North, Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, UK
Friday 14th August 2015 Kartfestivalen, Norway
Friday 28th August 2015 Carfest South, Laverstoke Park Farm Hampshire, UK
Saturday 29th August 2015 Watchet, Somerset, UK
Sunday 6th September 2015, Electric Picnic, Laois, Ireland
Sunday 13th September 2015, Reload, Norwich, UK

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Rats return to Maida Vale

Tonight, of all nights, The Boomtown Rats were the featured artists on BBC Radio 4s Mastertapes, the series which looks back at a key album from an artist's career.

This recording of the programme took place at the BBCs Maida Vale studios where the band recorded their Peel sessions back in the late 1970s.

I arrived at about 4.30pm with no one waiting outside the studio.  So I headed to the local and was quite well oiled when three of us headed to the venue at about 6.15pm, a whole quarter of an hour before the doors were due to open only to be told it was full and no one else was getting in!

We were late because we were sent emails saying "You and those on your ticket will be given priority entrance to the event." so saw no need to get there that early.

I was a bit hacked off at that point thinking I had made a massive mistake considering I could have queued for a couple of hours, but then someone confirmed we had questions and were to be admitted, so we were taken down into the bowels of the studio where we waited outside the studio door to be let in.   No queuing for us!

We politely let the others with questions in ahead of us.  They all filed into the second row from the front, and as we were sitting down in the third row, we were told to get up and go and sit in the front row!

Turned out these were pretty much the best seats in the house, as the way the stage was set up John Wilson who was doing the interviewing had his back to us, but Geldof whilst side on to much of the audience directly faced us.

The Rats kicked off with the riff from Rat Trap which we were told to applaud enthusiastically, absolutely no issue for me.   They opened with She's So Modern.  I noticed various audience members recording and taking photographs which I didn't believe was permitted,   Anyway as everyone was seated, and there was no one in front of me, I got my iPad out (which I had only taken along to stave off boredom in the queue) and recorded Rat Trap, Like Clockwork, Howard Hughes and Eva Braun.

The interview was captivating. Geldof dominated proceedings, but the other three did chip in from time to time.  There was a lot about Mutt Lange and his input with Pete admitting that Mutt came up with the bass line in Rat Trap and Bob playing the song acoustically to explain what Mutt brought to the song.  I also recorded that bit.  Bob talked about writing Eva Braun and Howard Hughes in the same day. If only he could have more days like that.

I even got my moment in the sun when I asked my question.  I even had to stand up so people could see me in my full Dennis the Menace regalia.   I was a little apprehensive as I was asking if Geldof was the best singer in the Rats.  He said no, and then gave a really interesting answer about how Simon and Mutt Lange provided the harmonies, Garry interjected to say Geldof's presence and performance made him a great front man which I wholeheartedly agree with.

I suspect there will be a fair amount of cutting, Some of Bob's more colourful answers definitely won't be broadcast, because John Wilson repeated a couple of questions saying that his first answer wouldn't be going out on Radio 4 at three in the afternoon!

The show ended at 9pm, which left two hours of further drinking time with friends, where we looked back at my footage and talked music until closing time.

It was an absolutely superb evening on a par with getting to play at Highbury and meeting Charlie George before they dug up the pitch.  Truly a once in a lifetime money can't buy experience, well except for those good people who bid £550 to win the eBay/Children in Need auction. The best night out this decade!

The show will be broadcast on Radio 4 in two parts on the 1st and 2nd December 2014.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Friday, November 07, 2014

Friday 7th November 2014 - LONDON Kentish Town Forum

As Kentish Town is a quick jaunt around the overground, this was a nice easy trip.  Met up with some old (and young as it happened) fellow Rat fans at the local, prior to heading in and getting a prime viewing spot two or three from the front, just in time to see Republica who were great support and played this superb set
  • From Rush Hour With Love 
  • Out Of The Darkness 
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous 
  • Try Everything 
  • German Accent 
  • Hallelujah 
  • Christiana Obey 
  • Ready To Go 
Not wishing to leave my vantage point, I didn't worry about heading to the bar as the crowd grew ever denser around me.  At about 9pm, The Rats came onstage and played
  • (I Never Loved) Eva Braun 
  • Like Clockwork
  • Neon Heart 
  • (She's Gonna) Do You In 
  • Someone's Looking at You 
  • Banana Republic 
  • She's So Modern 
  • I Don't Like Mondays 
  • Close As You'll Ever Be 
  • Mary of the 4th Form / I Wanna Be Your Man /Boom Boom 
  • Looking After No. 1 
  • Rat Trap 


  • Me and Howard Hughes 
  • Diamond Smiles 
  • The Boomtown Rats 

Aaron Liddard joined the band playing sax on Rat Trap and The Boomtown Rats.

There was a very lively crowd, self included, at the front. Place was absolutely buzzing at the end of Rat Trap with the whole of the circle stood applauding.

Headed to the bar for Diamond Smiles, and saw the the rest of the Forum was very crowded.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Monday 3rd November 2014 - CAMBRIDGE Junction

Support: Republica

My second annual pilgrimage to Cambridge to see the Rats in a smaller venue than those I would normally see them in London. A slow train journey allowed me to consume the best part of a nice bottle of rjoca, however it did mean I missed Republica and ended up a little away from the stage, however, The Junction is pretty compact, so even if you had your back to the wall, you'd still be as close as you could ever get to the stage at The O2 or a festival.

The Rats had a new swanky video to replace the projections of the last tour, even if the visuals are more or less identical, except a montage of them playing at festivals when introduced by Geldof during the encore of Diamond Smiles.  Also a new twist on the snakeskin suit story which was welcomed by those who had undoubtedly seen the Rats last year at the nearby Corn Exchange.

The set was the standard that had preceded it on the tour to date, which meant no Joey (boo) but a welcome return for Howard Hughes (hurray).   It was the show that met expectations, in front of a quite subdued audience bar the odd pocket of excitement. Nevertheless, good to see the Rats at a venue where you can see the reds of their eyes and get involved.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday 11th October 2014 - Great British Alternative Music Festival

The Rats played two sets; one in the afternoon and one in the evening.  4 and 10pm on RED stage.

4pm set

(I Never Loved) Eva Braun
Like Clockwork
Neon Heart
(She's Gonna) Do You In
Someone's Looking at You
She's So Modern
I Don't Like Mondays
Close As You'll Ever Be
Mary of the 4th Form / I Wanna Be Your Man / Boom Boom
Looking After No. 1
Rat Trap

Diamond Smiles
The Boomtown Rats

10pm Set

as above but without Close As You'll Ever Be and Kicks