Bob Geldof (born 5.10.1951)
Bob Geldof is an Irish musician and, latterly, a political activist. Geldof rose to fame as the singer of the Boomtown Rats and is known for organizing the international Live Aid and Live 8 events.
Childhood: Bob Geldof was born and raised in Dún Laoghaire in Ireland. His mother, Evelyn died suddenly at the age of 41. He has two older sisters, named Cleo and Lynn.
Raised as a Catholic, Bob Geldof attended Blackrock College. After school, he began work as a music journalist in Vancouver for Georgia Straight. In 1975, however, he returned to Ireland and became the singer in The Boomtown Rats.
The Boomtown Rats: The Boomtown Rats song 'Rat Trap' was the first New Wave song to go to number one in the UK. This was followed by the huge international hit 'I Don't Like Mondays', which Geldof wrote in reference to an attempted massacre at a school in San Diego, California.
Charity Work: In 1984, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure (of Ultravox) wrote the song 'Do They Know It's Christmas' in order to raise funds to ease the famine in Ethiopia. A number of high profile artists were involved in the recording, under the name of Band Aid (these included Adam Clayton and Bono of U2, Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, Heaven 17, Bananarama, Paul Weller and Status Quo). The track entered the UK charts at number one and was the country's fastest seller of all time at that point, shifting over three million units. It eventually raised over £8 million for its designated cause.
The next year, Ure and Geldof undertook the organisation of Live Aid: a massive, two-part event, performed simultaneously in Philadelphia and London. The event was televised in full in the UK on BBC radio and television. The concert raised over £150 million. At the age of 34, Geldof was knighted, as a mark of respect for his efforts.
20 years later, when Geldof visited Africa again, he still found many social problems there and just as much poverty and famine as he saw in 1984. As a result, he decided to organize to Live 8 concerts in an attempt to put pressure on the G8 and force the international community to increase aid and cancel the debt in the developing world.
The Live 8 concerts took place in London, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Moscow, Cornwall, Berlin, Philadelphia, Edinburgh and Barrie in Canada. Among the many artists playing, were Elton John, Madonna, a reformed Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z.
Business: Bob Geldof founded Planet 24 in 1992. Planet 24 is a television production company that made programmes such as The Word and the Big Breakfast. Geldof also helped to found Ten Alps Communications, a company specializing in media, entertainment and marketing.
Solo Career: Following the Live 8 concerts, Geldof relaunched his solo career but with mixed results. At a concert in a 12,000 capacity arena in Milan, Geldof arrived to find that the tickets had not been released on general sale. Only 45 people were in attendance and Geldof refused to play.
Bob Geldof infamously played the central character, Pink, in Pink Floyd's The Wall.
Personal Life: In 1976, Bob Geldof began dating Paula Yates (a journalist and television presenter). They had three daughters together, Fifi Trixibelle Geldof (b.1983), Peaches Honeyblossom Michelle Charlotte Angel Vanessa Geldof (b.1989) and Little Pixie Geldof (b.1990). Geldof and Yates married in 1986 in Las Vegas, with Simon Le Bon acting as best man.
Paula Yates left Geldof for the INXS singer Michael Hutchence in 1996 and Geldof obtained full custody of his children. Following the deaths of both Hutchence and Yates, Geldof also became the legal guardian of their child, Tiger Lily, arguing that she should be raised with her half-sisters.
Bob Geldof now lives in Kent with his partner Jeanne Marine, a French actress.
The Boomtown Rats singer filled his set at the Brentwood Festival in Essex with foul-mouthed rants, causing many fans to walk out.
Bob Geldof reportedly ranted at fans during the Brentwood Festival in Essex last weekend because, according to him, they were wearing Primark clothes. The Mirror reports that hundreds of fans walked out of the family event because of the Boomtown Rats singer’s explicit language and offensive comments.
Bob Geldof doesn't like Mondays or Primark.
After coming on stage Geldof told the crowd: "We don't do Abba . We don't do Robbie f*****g Williams. Brentwood, we are the Boomtown Rats. We are mega. And you are Brentwood. How do we know that you are Brentwood and we are mega?”
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Sir Bob Geldof , Sinead O'connor - Celebrities arrive at Sarm Studios to record the Band Aid 30 single 'Do they Know It's Christmas.' The new Band Aid 30 song and music video will debut on 'The X Factor' results show Sunday night (16Nov). at The X Factor - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 15th November 2014
Suzanne Accosta, Bill Wyman, Jeanne Marine , Bob Geldof - Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall attend a wedding blessing at St.Bride's Church on Fleet Street - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 5th March 2016
Thomas Cohen was married to Peaches from 2012 until her death in April 2014.
Thomas Cohen, the widower of Peaches Geldof has paid tribute to his late wife while performing his first solo gig in London. The 25-year-old reportedly referenced Geldof’s passing in two of the songs he performed during the set, which was watch by Peaches’ sister Pixie and Cohen’s rumoured new girlfriend Daisy Lowe.
Thomas Cohen, pictured with Peaches Geldof in January 2014.
The Mirror reports that Cohen introduced one song saying it was about “living in Kent” where he and Peaches had their family home. He sang: “You couldn’t make it through. Time to say goodbye. Holding onto each other and sing to one another. Everyone knows the house feels so cold. Just to say goodbye.”
Nick Timothy, former special adviser to Home Secretary Theresa May, wrote an article imploring "vain and ignorant liberal luvvies" to take a "vow of silence" in 2016.
Outspoken celebrities such as Benedict Cumberbatch, George Clooney, Katie Hopkins and Charlotte Church have been condemned in a new article by a former special adviser to the Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May.
Cumberbatch, 39, famously used his starring role in ‘Hamlet’ at the Barbican to raise money and awareness of the Syrian refugee crisis earlier this year, at one point proclaiming “f*** the politicians”.
Benedict Cumberbatch with Sophie Hunter at the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' premiere
The third close female companion to die in his life wasn't totally unexpected.
Bob Geldof opens up about the death of his daughter Peaches last year in a heart-breaking radio interview in which he contemplated losing three important women in his life, including his ex wife and mother. Though he admits that Peaches' death wasn't as shocking as it could've been.
Bob Geldof opens up about Peaches tragedy
The 64-year-old has had to stay strong in the face of death since he was a child. He was just 6 or 7 when his mother Evelyn passed away following a cerebral haemorrhage. Then 15 years ago, his ex-wife Paul Yates (and mother of his children Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches and Pixie) died from an alcohol and drug overdose. And it was just last year, on April 7th 2014, when Peaches herself was found dead at home in Kent after a heroin overdose in a dark mirroring of her mother.
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The Band Aid organiser, now 64, said it was time for the millennial generation to take responsibility for the state of the world at the One Young World Conference.
Sir Bob Geldof has branded the ‘millennial’ generation as failures in a new speech he delivered about the state of the world following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, saying that the social media generation are “already stained with blood”.
The former Boomtown Rats singer and organiser of Live Aid and Live 8 was speaking in Bangkok at the One Young World Conference on Wednesday (November 18th), and gave a searing indictment of the shortcomings of the so-called ‘millennials’, saying at one point “shame on you”, according to The Telegraph.
Sir Bob Geldof reckons millennials are to blame for the state of the world
The philanthropist has spoken of his "shame" about the current crisis
Bob Geldof put his money where his mouth is when he offered refugee families shelter in a number of his houses and has called out to others to do the same. The organiser of the massive LiveAid charity concerts is one of the many famous names that have spoken out against Britain’s perceived reluctance to take in significant numbers of Syrian refugees who are currently seeking asylum across Europe.
Bob Geldof has called out to other celebrities to help with the current refugee crisis
Along with author Jk Rowling, footballer Stan Collymore and fashion guru Mary Portas, Geldof has pledged his support for those who need it most and has spoken of his "profound shame" at the growing crisis.
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Kent Police had been searching for the person who supplied Peaches Geldof with the heroin that killed her for over a year.
15 months after her death, police have dropped the investigation into uncovering the identity of the drug dealer that supplied the heroin which caused Peaches Geldof to overdose, meaning that the culprit may never be discovered.
The TV presenter, model and second daughter of Band Aid creator Sir Bob Geldof was found dead at the age of 25 at her home in Wrotham, Kent on April 7th 2014. Her cause of death was later confirmed to be an overdose of heroin, and police have endeavoured to find the dealer who supplied it since. However, it seems that they’ve drawn a blank after more than a year of investigation.
Detectives at Kent Police stated on Friday (July 3rd): “Our investigation into the supply of drugs to Peaches Geldof-Cohen has exhausted all lines of inquiry and has now concluded.”
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Sir Bob Geldof has brushed off Pooley's comments about the Band Aid 30 single.
Will Pooley, the British aid worker who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, has criticized Bob Geldof's Band Aid 30 charity single, calling it "culturally ignorant" and "cringeworthy."
Sir Bob Geldof says he doesn't really care about Will Pooley's criticism of the Band Aid 30 song
Speaking to the Radio Times, Pooley said of the single - released to raise money for the crisis - "It's Africa, not another planet.Stuff about Do They Know It's Christmas? It's just like, actually people live normal lives here and do normal things. That sort of cultural ignorance is a bit cringeworthy. There's a lyric about 'death in every tear,' it's just a bit much."
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Rita Ora is currently involved in multiple showbiz projects.
It's clear that Rita Ora has got a lot on her plate at the moment, with anticipation surrounding her next movie 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' at an all time high especially, but she still found time in her schedule to support her fellow pop icons at the 2014 American Music Awards.
Rita Ora is about to appear in 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'
Rita Ora has been working on her exciting follow-up to 2012 debut album 'Ora', having earlier this year put out first single 'I Will Never Let You Down' produced by Calvin Harris, and now she's set to unveil a second song very soon entitled 'Testosterone'. 'My single comes out in like a week and a half', she admitted in a red carpet interview at the awards show. 'Basically, I'm putting everything out at the same time.'
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Sir Bob Geldof reacted angrily to criticism of his Band Aid 30 single during an interview on Sky News.
A Sky News interview with Sir Bob Geldof about criticism of the new Band Aid single was prematurely halted after the musician swore twice, live on air. It was put to the Boomtown Rats frontman that if all of the wealthy musicians taking part in the single had paid their taxes properly, there would be no need for a charity song.
Sir Bob Geldof at the recording of the Band Aid track last week
"There's a lot of people who say there's a lot of wealthy people in that room. If they all pay their taxes in the right way we wouldn't need these fundraisers singles - what would you say to that?" Geldof was asked.
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