THE BOOMTOWN RATS feat. (Bob Geldof, Pete Brigette & Simon Crowe)
The Boomtown Rats are an Irish new wave band that had a series of international hits between 1977 and 1985. The group is led by front-man vocalist Bob Geldof. The other members of the original line-up were Garry Roberts (lead guitar) now deceased, Johnnie Fingers (keyboard), Pete Briquette (bass), Gerry Cott (guitar) and Simon Crowe (drums).
The Boomtown Rats broke-up in 1986, but reformed with original members Geldof, Roberts, Crowe and Briquette in 2013.
Bob Geldof said, “Playing again with The Rats and doing those great songs again is 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.” In June 2013, the band would embarked on a UK and Ireland tour supported by a new “Best of” album called Back to Boomtown: Classic Rats Hits.
The response to the 2013 tour was excellent and The ‘Rats have continued to tour annually locally and internationally ever since.
In 2014 The Boomtown Rats released a compilation of classic Rats tracks entitled ‘So Modern – The Boomtown Rats Collection’, it mixes some of the bands biggest hits including the number 1 smashes ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ and ‘Rat Trap’ with some of the bands deeper album tracks and is a fantastic introduction to a group with an incredible legacy.
In 2020, the band made a triumphant return with a new album, "Citizens of Boomtown," reminding the world that they were still very much alive and kicking.
Their music has remained timeless. Their influence on subsequent generations of artists and their indomitable spirit kept their legacy alive.
As we look back on The Boomtown Rats' remarkable journey we see a band that dared to challenge conventions, push boundaries, and use their platform for change.
Despite the sad passing of Garry Roberts in 2022, their music continues to inspire, and their message of social consciousness remains as vital and current as ever.