“Playing again with The Rats and doing those great songs again will be exciting afresh,” Geldof has said.
“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. Also, I’ve always fancied playing the Isle of Wight Festival ever since I hitched there in the good/bad days when I was a kid.”
The band enjoyed some significant commercial success in the UK before their split in the mid-80s, including the number one singles ‘Rat Trap‘ and ‘I Don’t Like Mondays‘. Since then, Bob Geldof has released a string of solo albums and become famous for his charity efforts, particularly the Live Aid and Live 8 fundraising concerts.
“I saw The Who, Doors (I think) Hendrix and Leonard Cohen, who incidentally blew Hendrix off the stage, and Kris Kristofferson, who was also amazing – God, so many cool bands,” Geldof continues on his Isle Of Wight experiences.
“I also told several very boring frog anarchist types to go and f**k themselves and then stayed for a night in Hawkwind’s tent. That’s pretty IOW. Maybe Hawkwind are playing again this year. Maybe I could use the tent again. It will be a privilege to be on that stage especially with a killer band like The Boomtown Rats.”