The Boomtown Rats: reunion


La prima volta dallo split datato 1986. Ventisette anni dopo Bob Geldof decide di riformare la sua indimenticata formazione per l’Isle Of Wight Festival del giugno 2013. Il sestetto dublinese Boomtown Rats tra il 1977 e il 1986 (si formano comunque due anni prima) ha realizzato sei album (l’ultimo ‘In The Long Grass’ è datato 1984) ed una serie di singoli di successo come ‘Banana Republic’, ‘Like Clockwork’,  ‘Lookin’ After No. 1’, ‘Rat Trap’ e ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’. Un anno fa questo era l’annuncio di Bob Geldof: 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”.

UPDATE 2014 – Un anno dopo, messa da parte la tragedia della figlia Peaches, Bob Geldof e compagni annunciano due date in USA ed un nuovo giro in UK.

Sept. 26: Terminal 5, New York City, NY, USA
Sept. 28: Royale, Boston, MA, USA

Sept. 13: Heartlands Festival, Pool, Cornwall, UK
Oct. 11: GB Alt Festival, Skegness, Lincolnshire, UK
Oct. 18: Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, UK
Oct. 19: 02 Academy, Newcastle, UK
Oct. 20: 02 ABC, Glasgow, UK
Oct. 22: 02 Academy, Sheffield, UK
Oct. 23: 02 Academy, Liverpool, UK
Oct. 25: Ritz, Manchester, UK
Oct. 26: Engine Shed, Lincoln, UK
Oct. 28: Assembly, Leamington Spa, UK
Oct. 29: 02 Academy, Bristol, UK
Oct. 31: Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth, UK
Nov. 1: 02 Academy, Oxford, UK
Nov. 3: The Junction, Cambridge, UK
Nov. 4: 02 Academy, Leicester, UK
Nov. 6: 02 Academy, Bournemouth, UK
Nov. 7: The Forum, London, UK
Nov. 9: Great Hall, Exeter, UK