The Boomtown Rats tickets and 2018 tour dates

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The Boomtown Rats at Harmony Live 2018, Holywood

Harmony Live Festival Marquee in Holywood

Saturday 2nd June

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Let's Rock Leeds!

Temple Newsam in Leeds

Saturday 16th June

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Let's Rock London!

Clapham Common in London

Saturday 28th July

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Head for the Hills Festival

Ramsbottom Cricket Club in Ramsbottom

Friday 14th September

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MTV Presents: Gibraltar Calling

Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar

Friday 21st September

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Let's Rock Leeds!

Leeds

16th Jun 2018

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Let's Rock London!

Clapham Common in London

15th Jul 2018

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Let's Rock London!

Clapham Common in London

15th Jul 2018

From 30 (+BF)

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Head For The Hills

Head For The Hills

Ramsbottom Cricket Club

14th - 16th Sep 2018

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Head For The Hills

Ramsbottom Cricket Club

14th - 16th Sep 2018

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Biography

The Boomtown Rats is a rock group led by Bob Geldof (full name: Robert Fredrick Zenon Geldof, born October 5th 1951). Playing punk and New Wave influenced music, their initial incarnation lasted from 1976 to 1986), but the band recently reformed. All six primary members (Gary Roberts, Pete Briquette, Gerry Cott, Simon Crowe, and Johnnie Moylett alongside Geldof) were originally from Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland.

Originally, they used the moniker 'The Nightlife Thugs'. The name "The Boomtown Rats" comes from a gang of down-and-outs from Woody Guthrie's autobiography, which the folk artist titled 'Bound for Glory'. The guys gained fame due to their often cynical tunes, having several notable singles, yet their record is overshadowed by the charity work on behalf of famine relief of their lead singer. Geldof, being nicknamed 'Bob The Gob' by the media for his big mouth, attained international fame after spearheading efforts such as 'Live Aid'.

The Boomtown Rats itself scored several Top Ten hits in the UK charts during their commercial peak, from 1978 to 79, and their most famous songs, still to this day, are "Rat Trap" (a U.K. #1) and "I Don't Like Mondays" (another U.K. #1), the latter being their biggest hit and achieving international notoriety. The track was written on a tour of the US in 1979 when Bob Geldof heard a telex machine spouting the story of Californian schoolgirl Brenda Ann Spencer, a girl that went on wild shooting spree at a San Diego high school with what seemed like no provocation before or remorse afterward. She justified her killing spree with the excuse "I don't like Mondays".

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