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Broadway Theatre, Peterborough
12th November, 2005

Reviewed by Cardinal Cox


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Support came from Guy Maile who played for half an hour, mostly his own compositions. The covers included the Johnny Cash version of Nine Inch Nails's 'Hurt' and a flamenco rendition of 'All Along the Watchtower'. Someone I wouldn't mind seeing again.

Bob and his five-piece band (including Pete Briquette on bass from The Boomtown Rats) came on to the comment: "I used to live here, did you know that? Had my first English shag in this city." Then into the de-diddly-diddly of 'I Don't Mind' and a couple of other numbers from his solo recordings. He continued to reminisce about life in Peterborough, working at Smedley's cannery where they stopped the line for five minutes when Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon. During these summers, from the age of fifteen, he boarded in Cromwell Road with an Italian family. In his autobiography, 'Is That It? (1986)', he also revealed that he shopped at Harry Fenton's, where both of my brothers worked at various times.

The old Rats numbers included 'Always Someone Looking at You', 'Like Clockwork' and 'I Don't Like Mondays'. Then he took us through how he'd come to create such songs as 'Scream in Vain (the biker chick two rows in front got up to groove to the Dub of that); 'This is the World Calling'; and a set of three songs from the album 'Sex, Age & Death', explaining that these last few were written in the mid-'nineties, when Paula had left him and his world had fallen apart. So he was understandably miffed, when near the end of the 'S.A.D.' three, someone on the farside of the audience was laughing loudly. He stopped the song and suggested that if they wanted to talk they should leave. Then he finished off the last verse of his song.

Next we discovered that today was his father's 92nd birthday, who, for his party-piece, loved to recite a poem by Robert Service about the death of a cowboy. This lead into Bob's own song of a murder, 'Beat of the Night'.

Then he asked if we had any requests. So he played 'Banana Republic', explaining about the latest Catholic Church scandal in Ireland. Then 'Mary of the 4th Form', unfulfilled romantic ambitions of the younger incarnation of Bob. Of course, last up it was his first number one, 'Rat Trap'.

For encores they played 'I Cry Too', 'Diamond Smiles' and a repeat of 'I Don't Mind', which displayed the talents of the band members.

The Boomtown Rats were really a pub rock band who got lucky, and who could write numbers that occasionally reflected the Dublin social scene. However, despite the lack of "true" punk credentials, it was Geldof who came to epitomise the saying, "cometh the hour, cometh the man", with both Band Aid and Live Aid. In response to Live 8 it has been asked, "well-meaning philanthropist or shameless self-publicist?" Perhaps the answer is both, at the same time.

With his local connections, Bob Geldof KBE is the closest thing to a living Atriarch for The Invincible Army. That doesn't mean we have to agree with him, but you have to admit that he has got things done.  


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