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Never miss another 'Boomtown Rats' show
Some 26 years since their final show in Dublin in May '86, The Boomtown Rats – Bob Geldof on vocals, Pete Briquette on bass, Simon Crowe on drums and Garry Roberts on guitar - follow their Isle Of Wight festival appearance in June with a UK tour in the autumn.
The band are set to release a new hits collection on August 5th. 'Back To Boomtown: Classic Rats' Hits' will feature all of their celebrated hits including 'Lookin After No 1', 'Like Clockwork', 'She's So Modern', 'I Don't Like Mondays' and 'Rat Trap' – songs with an immediacy and a message that is as pertinent today as it was when they were written - plus two new songs recorded by the newly re-formed Rats.
Formed in 1975 in Dublin, The Boomtown Rats were once famously described as 'licentious, festering reprobates' and 'leprous anti-establishment scumbags' and banned from playing in their home country.The band played their first UK shows with the Ramones and Talking Heads and fought the punk wars alongside the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam and The Stranglers. They were one of the biggest bands of the late '70s and '80s, and their string of top ten hits and platinum albums earned them Brit Awards, Ivor Novellos and Grammy's. They made history as the first Irish band to have a UK no 1 hit with 'Rat Trap'.
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Venue: O2 Academy Newcastle
Enquiries: 0191 260 2020
Bookings: 0844 477 2000 019
→ Newcastle 4 min walk