Bob Geldof returns to Dublin’s Vicar Street for his first headline show in Ireland since 2005. Ex Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof has confirmed a brand new and long awaited Irish Tour Date for 2012. Music Scene is delighted to reveal that Bob Geldof will be performing live on stage at Vicar Street in Dublin on Saturday the 19th of May 2012. Tickets for Bob Geldof live at Vicar Street in Dublin are priced from €33 including booking fee and will be on sale from Monday the 13th of February 2012 through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for Bob Geldof live at Vicar Street in Dublin this May 2012.
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Bob Geldof is an Irish singer, songwriter, author, occasional actor and political activist. Bob Geldof rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats in the late 1970s and early 1980s alongside the punk rock movement. The band had hits with his compositions “Rat Trap” and “I Don’t Like Mondays”. He co-wrote “Do They Know It’s Christmas? One of the best-selling singles of all time. He starred as Pink in Pink Floyd’s 1982 film Pink Floyd the Wall. Bob Geldof is widely recognized for his activism, especially anti-poverty efforts concerning Africa. In 1984, he and Midge Ure founded the charity supergroup Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. They went on to organize the charity super-concert Live Aid the following year and the Live 8 concerts in 2005. Geldof currently serves as an adviser to the ONE Campaign, founded by fellow Irish humanitarian Bono. A single father, Bob Geldof has also been outspoken for the fathers’ rights movement. Bob Geldof has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, and is a recipient of the Man of Peace title which recognizes individuals who have made “an outstanding contribution to international social justice and peace”, among numerous other awards and nominations.
Upon returning to Ireland in 1975, Bob Geldof became the lead singer of The Boomtown Rats, a rock group closely linked with the punk movement. In 1978, The Boomtown Rats had their first No. 1 single in the UK with “Rat Trap”, which was the first new wave chart-topper in Britain. In 1979, the group gained international renown with their second UK No. 1, “I Don’t Like Mondays”. This was equally successful, as well as controversial;
Bob Geldof left The Boomtown Rats in 1986, to launch a solo career and publish his autobiography, is that it? which was a best-seller. His first solo records spawned the hit singles “This Is the World Calling” (co-written with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics) and “The Great Song of Indifference”. He also occasionally performed with other artists, such as David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Thin Lizzy. A performance of “Comfortably Numb” with David Gilmour is documented in the 2002 DVD David Gilmour in Concert. In 1992, he performed at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert with the surviving members of Queen at the old Wembley Stadium, singing a song he had co-written with Mercury, called “Too Late God”.
Along with U2′s Bono, Bob Geldof has devoted much time since 2000 to campaigning for debt relief for developing countries. His commitments in this field, including the organization of the Live 8 concerts, kept Bob Geldof from producing any more musical output since 2001′s Sex, Age & Death album.
After Live 8, Bob Geldof returned to his career as a musician by releasing a box set containing all of his solo albums entitled Great Songs of Indifference – The Anthology 1986 – 2001 in late 2005. Following that release, Bob Geldof also toured, albeit with mixed success
He has released a new album “How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell” on the Mercury Record label. It is his first album since 2001’s “Sex, Age & Death” and is his fifth studio album as a solo artist (his eleventh if you include his work in his band The Boomtown Rats). The album features 14 new Bob Geldof compositions recorded with his band in his home and in various friends’ studios and produced by his longtime collaborator Pete Briquette.
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