Bob Geldof
Irish singer
Bob Geldof
Robert Frederick Zenon "Bob" Geldof, KBE is an Irish singer, songwriter, author, occasional actor and political activist. He 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.
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Beyond Bono: Music and Philanthropy
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I wish I could sing, and belt out every feeling like Nina Simone or sing a love letter to my daughter like Paul Simon. I love music and have long been impressed with the artists that enrich our world in so many ways. A while back I started exploring the idea of writing a thoughtful compilation of the efforts in philanthropy made by the music industry. The deeper I dug, the more I uncovered a world of beautiful people destined to create, heal, and challenge humanity to be better. Musicians give us the soundtrack to our lives and define our times, and can also show us how to truly make an impact by giving back. John Legend performed at an event benefitting nonprofit organization Common Threads. Photo courtesy of Common Threads. This is a topic that I have visited and revisited over the last few years. Through my research it became clear that the music industry's cup of givers is flowing over, full of inspiring individuals making the world a better place. "Perhaps the artist be ...
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Moving Stories: International Review of How Media Cover Migration
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Peace on earth, goodwill towards men (women and children), except if they're migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers, who the media worldwide have, for the most part, failed to cover accurately, fairly, in a balanced way, and ethically. "May God repay all those, both individuals and states, who generously work to provide assistance and welcome to the numerous migrants and refugees, helping them to build a dignified future for themselves and for their dear ones, and to be integrated in the societies which receive them," said Pope Francis in his Christmas message, Urbi e Orbi, this year. If only media attention would be sustained to cover the ongoing human tragedy of migrants and refugees, as did the iconic photo that focused the world's attention on the fate of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, peacefully lying, face down, on a Turkish beach. Screen shot of caricature of drowned Aylan Kurdi as Europe restricts flow of refugees While others have continued to drown, making that p ...
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One Millennial's Take on the New Generational Divide
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Earlier this week, MTV baptized the post-Millennial generation "The Founders" -- or, more correctly, MTV had the generation baptize itself. Through a nationwide survey, anyone born after December 2000 was invited to suggest and choose from names including the Navigators, the Builders, and the Bridge Generation. The whole affair left me feeling... pretty strange. It wasn't an entirely unfamiliar feeling. I've detected hints of it in places like the DPS, sweating in line at hour four with still no license. I've felt it in the college registrar's office after submitting my major declaration form. The feeling tints the memory of my first pair of heels -- clumsy patent leather things I needed for debate tournaments in high school -- as well as the day I signed, in clumsy cursive, the back of my first credit card. However, the feeling had never been more acute than when the Founders were given their name. I felt not 20 years old, but 20 years old. It's common for my friends and me ...
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What I Learned From Sir Bob Geldof
Huffington Post - about 1 year
You may remember him from The Boomtown Rats, he starred as "Pink" in Pink Floyd's film, Pink Floyd - The Wall, he co-founded the charity group Band Aid and later Live Aid and the Live 8 concerts. Raising more than $150 million for on the ground relief work in Africa, he also received a knighthood and is the recipient of the Man of Peace award which recognises personalities from around the world who have made an outstanding contribution to international social justice and peace. I met Sir Bob Geldof at a business women's breakfast event and I was fortunate to speak briefly with him one-on-one after his speech, but more on that later. He went to the stage with a real rockstar entrance, he was the coolest of cats - stylish, relaxed and present in the moment. But his message was far from relaxed. I took out my little notebook and began furiously scribbling notes as he spoke. Sir Bob spoke of this century, the last century, a little about the century before that and what sens ...
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Made in... Ethiopia? Yes, Ethiopia
Huffington Post - over 1 year
ADDIS ABABA -- So we got used to "Made in Japan," "Made in China," "Made in Hong Kong" and most recently "Made in Vietnam."  There's going to be a new kid in town, but he's not Asian.  Prepare yourselves for "Made in Ethiopia." Much has been written about the "BRIC" countries -- Brazil, Russia, India and China - saying these giants would lead the new world economy.  And certainly to some extent, they are.  However, the next wave may well be the "EMIC" countries - Ethiopia, Myanmar, Iran and Colombia. I wrote about the prospect of EMIC coming on strong last summer. With this in mind, I ventured to Ethiopia to investigate further the economic and sustainability potential of this large and populous nation.  Ethiopia is best known for its deceased long-term ruler, Haile Selassie, who was credited with embracing multilateralism and Collective Security which led to Ethiopia becoming a charter member of the U.N.  While he passed in 1975, he is still a national hero and is widely hailed a ...
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Blondie, Yoko Ono and Bob Geldof Join Amnesty International Concert
Rolling Stone - about 3 years
Blondie and Bob Geldof have joined the packed lineup of performers at Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Center next month Additionally the human rights organization announced today that Susan Sarandon would host the event and that Yoko Ono who is promising "some surprises" will make...
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Boy George Interview: 'I Used To Laugh At Madonna Running, Now I Run' - Culture Club Frontman Admits He's 'Horribly Grown Up'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
“Lots of headless chickens running around, artists with 14 million followers on Twitter, some making millions, none making cultural impact,” is Boy George’s assessment of the music industry in its current form. The former Culture Club frontman turned DJ is bemused by the effect social media has had. “Fans want more, they want you to perform in their living room. That’s the nature of the beast. I’m learning all this stuff now. Boy George, back and bouncing - the same, but very different “I love all the social interaction, a happy birthday, a hello to their mum, people are very nice.” What about the less positive stuff? He laughs gleefully, “That’s good too. One bloke wrote, ‘Why is this faggot back?’ I replied ‘To annoy you.’” And back he is, with new album and tour, after what he describes as “the most stress-free recording experience ever, working with all my favourite people”, a mixture of songs demonstrating Culture Club legacy (some co-written with ex bandmate Mikey Craig) ...
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One Young World: Paving Way For Young Leaders
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The One Young World Conference held in Johannesburg during the first week of October has been a truly inspirational experience for all the participants including myself, who was among 15 delegates from A.P. Moller Maersk Group allowing us to meet and collaborate with delegates, counselors from around the globe. As each one of us learned from other participants, it was exciting to share several initiatives taken by our business group globally while networking with participants from other organizations. It was mesmerizing listening to inspirational stories of Nelson Mandela from his close friends -- who indeed is now hero for most of us. The food revolution with Jamie Oliver has given me new perspective to opportunities to mitigate global food shortage. Both Kofi Annan and Bob Geldof's dialogue made every delegate in the summit desperate to take action with their optimism, unshaken belief and action-oriented approach. The sports legends (i.e. Boris, Francois, John, Ashwin) showed us h ...
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The Protection Of Future Generations
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Delegates from Nigeria Dozie Okeleke and Moses Acquah on the Ambassadors in Action Special Session at the One Young World Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. This year's "Ambassadors in Action" Session at the Summit in Johannesburg featured Ambassadors' initiatives that have been inspired by the One Young World Summits. Counsellors Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, Sir Bob Geldof, musician and Activist and Ahmed Kathrada, apartheid prisoner and close friend to Nelson Mandela were panelists during the Session. Parker Liautaud was the first Ambassador to be featured during the Session. Speaking on the need for focus on climate change, Parker encouraged the other delegates to take the reins on climate change issues. In his words, "The responsibility for addressing climate change falls our shoulders and it will require enormous resilience on our part. We will have to go to the ends of the earth to ensure the protection of future generations. We will have to be humble in l ...
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Go To Space At The Same Time As Famous People: There Are Still Tickets
Huffington Post - over 3 years
We’re in the midst of another space race, but this one has paparazzi. Space Expedition Corporation, or SXC, says it plans to send a group of 100 passengers into space next year. Notable entertainers -- Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes, DJ Armin van Buuren and singer/activist Bob Geldof -- have already booked seats, and tickets are still up for grabs... for $100,000. As a “Founder Astronaut” on SXC’s mission, you and your famous fellow passengers would stay in a hotel near the Spaceport on the island of Curacao. Then, one by one, you’d hop in the Lynx Mark II for a one-hour flight into space and back. The spaceship can only fit one passenger at a time, and a raffle will determine the order of flights, so theoretically you could beat Armin to space and then tell him about it. Which would be kind of cool. This SXC voyage puts pressure on Virgin Galactic, the company that has been selling tickets to its own space flight for years. Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio ...
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Pakistani truck art: From axle to gigapixel
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
Some stereotypes celebrate people. We are thus not surprised that a 41-year-old German would decide to undertake a year-long journey from his home in the Black Forest across 11 countries, including Pakistan, in a hardy Land Rover Defender. That man is Matthias Barth, a mechanical engineer, photo journalist and cinematographer, who has just exited Lahore after extensively capturing our truck art world. This is part of ‘Trucks.13’, a documentary for a German television channel and other smaller projects that seek to discover how art transitions from one region to another. Anyone can follow his route on the blog with the help of Google translator. On it he details winding through Austria, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan and he was last in India with Nepal and Tibet next on his list. Happily, he has good things to say about Pakistan. “I came here for six days, but I stayed six weeks!” he told me. We were i ...
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Free Pussy Riot
Amnesty International - over 3 years
18 July 2013 Urge the Russian Authorities to release the Nadya and Masha immediately. Seven members of the Russian band Pussy Riot, Russian Federation, January 2012. © Игорь Мухин More than 100 internationally renowned musicians have joined a worldwide call for the release of the two jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot ahead of their parole appeal hearings this week by signing an open letter calling for their release. Join them and sign the petition below. OPEN LETTER Dear Masha and Nadia, As the one-year anniversary of your trial approaches, we are writing to assure you that, around the world, people are both still thinking of you and working for your release. Although you were the most visible of the protesters, we know that there were many other young people who have suffer ...
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North West Has Got Some Company
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK — Was Kanye West inspired by One Direction? Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their daughter North West, according to their Los Angeles County birth certificate. The baby was born at 5:34 a.m. Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. North is certainly not the first celebrity baby with an unorthodox name – and plenty of those names have set trends. Brooklyn may have seemed exotic when Victoria and David Beckham chose it in 1999, but last year it was the 29th most popular baby name in the U.S., according to the Social Security Administration. (Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz's choice of another New York borough, Bronx, remains less popular.) North has not cracked the Social Security Administration's top 1000 baby names over the past 100 years, though West ranked 949 for boys in the year 1913. But given the popularity of place names – Paris, London, Sydney and Savannah were also in the top 100 for girls – perhaps we can expect more babies ...
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Gregory Weinkauf: Beyoncé and Friends Rock the Sound of Change Concert: Global Women's Charities Benefit Directly Via Catapult
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Oh, I love a benefit concert! Grew up on 'em (the Secret Policeman's Ball shows, the Amnesty concerts for human rights, Live Aid...), and always welcome another. Very happily, a huge new benefit show occurred Saturday night near London: Chime for Change: The Sound of Change Live Concert! The cause is simple yet crucial: "to raise awareness of issues affecting girls and women, and to raise funds for non-profit organizations pursuing change." The method is also simple, yet innovative: via the Catapult website (link below), ticket-buyers -- the audience at Twickenham Stadium was 50,000 strong -- can choose the recipient organizations for their purchase price: directly funding the charity or charities of their choice. (Catapult is new as of last autumn, but features serious support from the likes of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Fund for Women, and the United Nations Population Fund.) The Sound of Change Live was a big show, a really big show. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bob Geldof
  • 2016
    Age 64
    Geldof was a vocal supporter of the unsuccessful remain campaign in the 2016 referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly before the vote in what was described as the "most surreal day in British politics ever" Geldof led a flotilla on the Thames to attack an opposition flotilla led by Nigel Farage.
  • 2014
    Age 62
    In November 2014, Geldof announced that he would be forming a further incarnation of Band Aid, to be known as Band Aid 30, to record an updated version of the charity single, with the proceeds going to treat victims of the Ebola virus in West Africa.
    More Details Hide Details As Geldof began to learn more about the situation, he discovered that one of the main reasons why African nations were in such dire peril was because of repayments on loans that their countries had taken from Western banks. For every pound donated in aid, ten times as much would have to leave the country in loan repayments. It became obvious that one song was not enough. On 13 July 1985, Geldof and Ure organised Live Aid, a huge event staged simultaneously at the Wembley Stadium in London and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. Thanks to an unprecedented decision by the BBC to clear its schedules for 16 hours of rock music, the event was also broadcast live in the UK on television and radio. It was one of the most monumental stage shows in history, with Phil Collins flying on Concorde so that he could play at both Wembley and Philadelphia on the same day.
    Geldof announced his engagement to Jeanne Marine, his partner of 18 years, on 1 May 2014, and they married in France on 28 April 2015.
    More Details Hide Details According to The Sunday Times Rich List, Geldof was worth £32 million in 2012. The Financial Times said in September 2012 that Geldof could face a large tax bill, after HM Revenue and Customs closed an investigation into investment vehicles used by wealthy individuals. For more information on Bob Geldof's solo recordings see Bob Geldof discography For Bob Geldof's recordings with the Boomtown Rats see The Boomtown Rats discography Table Notes
    In 2014, Geldof hoped to become the first Irish person in space as he is set to be one of the first ever astronauts on the Space XC commercial service, a $100,000 per person flight.
    More Details Hide Details On 7 April 2014, his daughter Peaches died at the age of 25. Geldof stated the family was "beyond pain" after he confirmed the news of her death.
    During a special session at the XX International AIDS Conference, 2014, Geldof referred to sex workers as "hookers", for which he was subsequently criticised.
    More Details Hide Details Christian Vega, a sex workers' rights activist and member of Victoria's peer-only Victorian Sex Industry Network (VIXEN), blamed speakers including Geldof for their use of pejorative language, which perpetuated the very stigmas that are among the key barriers to HIV prevention. Geldof responded to the criticism during the closing session of the conference: "I read today in the paper that my talk yesterday was littered with profanities – fuck them." In Geldof's view, rights-based language hampered HIV prevention, and he defended using terms such as "hookers" and "junkies": "Let’s not get distracted by diversionary language. Let’s call it as it is." In a radio show after the conference on Joy 94.9, Vega dismissed Geldof’s view that rights-based language was a waste of time as “ridiculous”, as it served as an important tool to challenge stigma and discrimination, particularly within an HIV context.
  • 2011
    Age 59
    2011: received an honorary doctorate of Philosophy from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, for his "decades of charity work for humanitarian causes".
    More Details Hide Details 2012: received a BETT Award at the BETT Show for 'ICT Company of the Year' on behalf of Groupcall as a founding partner.’ 2013: awarded the Freedom of the City of London. 2016: awarded the Patron’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) for raising global public awareness and challenging the causes of inequality in Africa - one of two Royal Medals of equal standing presented by the RGS and approved by Her Majesty the Queen. Geldof's longtime girlfriend and eventual wife was Paula Yates. Yates was a rock journalist, and later presenter of the music show The Tube which ran from 1982 to 1987. She is known for her in-bed interviews on the show The Big Breakfast, from 1992. Geldof met Yates when she became an obsessed fan of The Boomtown Rats during the band's early days. They got together as a couple in 1976 when Yates flew to Paris to surprise him when the band was playing there.
  • 2010
    Age 58
    However, in November 2010 the BBC formally apologised to Geldof for misleading implications in its stories on the subject of Band Aid, saying it had 'no evidence' that Band Aid money specifically went to buy weapons.
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  • 2008
    Age 56
    2008: received the Nichols-Chancellor's Medal from Vanderbilt University for his humanitarian efforts, as well as an honorary degree in Music from the University of East London, serving on both occasions as the keynote speaker for the 2008 graduating class.
    More Details Hide Details 2010: awarded Hon. Master of Arts degree from the University for the Creative Arts.
  • 2005
    Age 53
    2005: received a Beacon Fellowship Prize for his leadership role in alleviating poverty, famine and genocide, especially in the Third World, and his advocacy for the rights of fathers.
    More Details Hide Details 2006: awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres 2006: awarded the Freedom of Dublin City. 2007: awarded an honorary doctorate of Civil Law from Newcastle University. The University held a special honorary degree ceremony to honour key figures in the campaign against world poverty.
  • 2004
    Age 52
    2004: Geldof received an honorary doctorate from the University of East Anglia.
    More Details Hide Details 2005: received a Man of Peace Award.
    Geldof also criticised the European Union (EU) in 2004 for what he called its 'pathetic' response to Ethiopia's food crisis, although one MEP has claimed he is "misinformed".
    More Details Hide Details During a visit to Ethiopia, Geldof praised President George W. Bush's proposal to fight AIDS in Africa. In December 2005, Geldof agreed to give advice on global poverty to the Conservative Party. He stated, however, that he was uninterested in party politics, and would continue to 'shake hands with the devil on my left and the devil on my right,' in order to achieve results.
    In January 2004, on a visit to friends in Africa, Geldof came to believe that more people were at risk of starvation there than had died in the famine of 1984/85 which had prompted Live Aid.
    More Details Hide Details He telephoned the British Prime Minister Tony Blair from Addis Ababa. According to the Live 8 programme notes by Geldof's biographer and friend, Paul Vallely, the Prime Minister responded: "Calm down Bob.... And come and see me as soon as you get back." The result was the Commission for Africa. Blair invited Geldof and 16 other Commissioners, the majority from Africa and many of them politicians in power, to undertake a year-long study of Africa's problems. They came up with two conclusions: that Africa needed to change, to improve its governance and combat corruption, and that the rich world needed to support that change in new ways. That meant doubling aid, delivering debt cancellation, and reforming trade rules. The Commission drew up a detailed plan of how that could be done. It reported in March 2005. To force the issue Geldof decided to create a new international lobby for Africa with eight simultaneous concerts around the world to put pressure on the G8. He called it Live 8. The Commission's recommendations later became the blueprint for the G8 Gleneagles African debt and aid package.
  • 2002
    Age 50
    From January 2002, until sometime in 2005, Geldof listened very closely to Father's Rights campaigners, and it was reported that he had sacks of mail arriving at his door on a daily basis from fathers who were unhappy with the British family courts.
    More Details Hide Details He said, "I am heartbroken. I just cannot believe what happens to people, what is done to them in the name of the law. You only have to open your eyes to see what I call the 'Sad Dads on Sundays Syndrome'". He has also called for The Children Act to be repealed and his latest statement to Father's Rights campaigners was, "It's not in my nature to shut up". In March 2012 expressed concern about rising population and falling water levels in Arab countries. He noted that populations had risen by an average of 1.7 percent a year (compared with the global average of 1.2 percent) while water available had dropped 75 percent since 1950. “Less water means no crops - so it's a perfect storm." "I think the tipping point has been reached," Geldof said. "There can't be more people on the Earth than we can feed."
    Bob Geldof adopted an anti-euro stance by appearing in an advertisement against the single currency, in 2002.
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    In 2002, he became a founding partner of Groupcall, which specialises in providing communication software and data extraction tools to the education, public and business sectors.
    More Details Hide Details His initial involvement arose from concerns for his children's safety.
    Bob Geldof worked closely with DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), an organisation founded by U2's Bono in 2002 to promote debt-relief, third world trade and AIDS relief in Africa.
    More Details Hide Details It merged with the ONE Campaign in 2008, where Geldof also is very active. In June 2009, on behalf of the ONE Campaign, he co-edited a special edition of the Italian newspaper La Stampa with a view on 35th G8 summit. On 31 March 2005, Geldof and Ure announced the Live 8 project, to raise awareness of issues that burden Africa, including government debt, trade barriers, hunger, and AIDS issues. Geldof organised ten concerts on 2 July 2005 in large cities throughout the industrialised world. They featured musicians from different genres and locations around the world. The cities where Live 8 concerts were played were in industrialised countries, and drew huge crowds. The locations were London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Philadelphia, Barrie, Chiba, Johannesburg, Moscow, Cornwall and Edinburgh. The concerts were free, and were scheduled just days before world leaders gathered in Gleneagles, for the G8 economic summit, on 6 July. Ure organised the 'final push' Live 8 concert at Edinburgh. 'The boys and girls with guitars will finally get to turn the world on its axis,' Geldof said in a statement. Pink Floyd's performance in London was their first since 1981 to include original bassist, Roger Waters, and the last to include keyboardist Rick Wright before his death in 2008.
    In 2002, he was listed as one of the 100 Greatest Britons in a poll conducted among the general public, despite the fact that he's not British.
    More Details Hide Details After Live 8, 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, Geldof toured, albeit with mixed success. In July 2006, Geldof arrived at Milan's Arena Civica, a venue capable of holding 12,000 people, to play a scheduled concert to find that the organisers had not put the tickets on general sale and that only 45 people had shown up. Geldof refused to go on stage once he found out how small the attendance was. To offer some compensation for fans, Geldof stopped to sign autographs to those who had shown up. He then played a well-attended free "Storytellers" concert for MTV Italy in Naples in October 2006. Geldof's first major charity involvement took place in September 1981, when he performed as a solo artist for Amnesty International's benefit show The Secret Policeman's Other Ball, at the invitation of Amnesty show producer Martin Lewis; he performed a solo version of "I Don't Like Mondays". Other rock artists had 'planted a seed' and appeared to have affected Geldof in a similar manner.
  • 1998
    Age 46
    Geldof has also worked as a DJ for XFM radio. In 1998, he erroneously announced Ian Dury's death from cancer, possibly due to hoax information from a listener who was disgruntled at the station's change of ownership.
    More Details Hide Details The event caused music paper NME (who had been involved in a running feud with Geldof since his Boomtown Rats days—primarily due to his disparagement of The Clash) to call Geldof "the world's worst DJ". Along with U2's Bono, he has devoted much time since 2000 to campaigning for debt relief for developing countries. His commitments in this field, including the organisation of the Live 8 concerts, kept Geldof from producing any more musical output since 2001's Sex, Age & Death album.
  • 1997
    Age 45
    While Geldof was preventing Yates from visiting Australia with Hutchene's baby, Hutchence committed suicide in a hotel room on 22 November 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Geldof soon after went to court and obtained full custody of his own three daughters and has since become an outspoken advocate of fathers' rights. After Paula Yates's death from a drug and alcohol overdose in 2000, Geldof became the legal guardian of Tiger Lily Hutchence. In 2007, Geldof formally adopted her. Regarding his Jewish ancestry, in an interview with the Manchester Jewish Telegraph, Geldof said “I was a quarter Catholic, a quarter Protestant, a quarter Jewish and a quarter nothing – the nothing won.” Geldof currently resides in Battersea, south London with his second wife, French actress Jeanne Marine, and Tiger. He is also an atheist.
  • 1996
    Age 44
    Geldof and Yates divorced in May 1996, Yates moved in with Hutchence, and had a child with him.
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  • 1992
    Age 40
    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 jokingly claimed to have co-written with Mercury, called "Too Late God".
    More Details Hide Details The song was actually co-written by Karl Hyde.
  • 1986
    Age 34
    After 10 years together, Geldof and Yates married in June 1986 in Las Vegas, with Simon Le Bon (of Duran Duran) acting as Geldof's best man.
    More Details Hide Details The couple later had two more daughters, Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof (known as Peaches Geldof) on 13 March 1989, and Little Pixie Geldof (known as Pixie Geldof) on 17 September 1990. Pixie is said to be named after a celebrity daughter character from the cartoon Celeb in the satirical magazine Private Eye, itself a lampoon of the names the Geldofs gave to their other children. Geldof has stated that his children find his music 'crap' and him an 'embarrassment'. In February 1995, Yates left Geldof for Michael Hutchence, the lead singer of INXS, whom she had first met in 1985 when she interviewed him on The Tube.
    Geldof left the Boomtown Rats in 1986, to launch a solo career and publish his autobiography, Is That It?, which was a UK best-seller.
    More Details Hide Details His first solo records sold reasonably well and 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.
  • 1983
    Age 31
    Before they married, the couple had a daughter, Fifi Trixibelle Geldof, born 31 March 1983 (and while Geldof was still conducting an affair with Claire King).
    More Details Hide Details She was named Fifi after Bob's aunt Fifi, and Trixibelle because Yates wanted a belle in the family.
  • 1979
    Age 27
    Geldof had written it in the aftermath of Brenda Ann Spencer's attempted massacre at an elementary school in San Diego, California in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details In 1980, The Boomtown Rats released the album Mondo Bongo. Its single "Up All Night" was a hit in the U.S. and its video was played frequently on MTV. Geldof became known as a colourful interview subject. The Boomtown Rats' first appearance on Ireland's The Late Late Show saw Geldof as deliberately brusque to host Gay Byrne and during his interview he attacked Irish politicians and the Catholic Church, which he blamed for many of the country's problems. He responded to nuns in the audience who tried to shout him down by saying they had "an easy life with no material worries in return for which they gave themselves body and soul to the church". He also criticised Blackrock College. The interview caused uproar, making it impossible for The Boomtown Rats to play in Ireland again. In January 2013, Geldof announced The Boomtown Rats would be reforming to play together for the first time since 1986 at that year’s Isle of Wight Festival in June. They have subsequently announced further tour dates and released a new CD Back to Boomtown: Classic Rats Hits.
  • 1975
    Age 23
    Returning to Ireland in 1975, he became lead singer of the Boomtown Rats, a rock group closely linked with the punk movement.
    More Details Hide Details In 1978, The Boomtown Rats had their first No. 1 single in the UK with "Rat Trap", the first new wave chart-topper in Britain. In 1979, they gained international attention with their second UK No. 1, "I Don't Like Mondays". This was both successful and controversial.
  • 1951
    Born on October 5, 1951.
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