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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Watchet Live 2015

Bob Geldof , The Boomtown Rats - Watchet Live 2015 - Day 2 at Williton - Somerset, United Kingdom - Sunday 30th August 2015

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Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats
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Carfest South 2015 - Day 1

Sir Bob Geldof , Alex Jones - Chris Evans records 'The One Show' at Carfest with appearances by numerous celebrity guests - Guilford, United Kingdom - Friday 28th August 2015

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Carfest North 2015 - Day 1

Sir Bob Geldof , The Boomtown Rats - Sir Bob Geldolf performs with his the band The Boomtown Rats at Carfest North, and even though he was asked not to by Chris Evans he swears throughout while at the most child friendly festival of the summer. - Guilford, United Kingdom - Friday 28th August 2015

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Sir Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats
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Sir Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats

Camp Bestival 2015 at Lulworth Castle - Day 3

Bob Geldof - Camp Bestival 2015 at Lulworth Castle - Day 3 - Performances at Lulworth Castle, Camp Bestival, Bestival - Dorset, United Kingdom - Sunday 2nd August 2015

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CarFest North 2015 - Day 1

Sir Bob Geldof , The Boomtown Rats - CarFest North 2015 at Oulton Park - Day 1 - Performances - Liverpool, United Kingdom - Friday 31st July 2015

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Sir Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats
Sir Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats
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Sir Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats

Police Close Case Into Discovering Peaches Geldof's Drug Dealer


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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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Ebola Survivor Will Pooley Calls Band Aid 30 "Culturally Ignorant"


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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 GeldofSir 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 Stays Cool About 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Role


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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.

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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 Interview Terminated after Band Aid Man Swears, Twice


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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.

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"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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Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)


Bob Geldof introduces the Band Aid 30 edition of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' which in 2014 focusses on the tragic Ebola epidemic in West Africa and features One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Bono, Bastille, Ellie Goulding and Chris Martin among others.

Adele Allegedly "Ignored" Bob Geldof's Band Aid 30 Call But Makes Charitable Donation Instead


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Adele allegedly "ignored" Bob Geldof's calls about taking part in the Band Aid 30 charity single.

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Adele is not taking part in Band Aid 30.

Read More: One Direction, Bono, Ed Sheeran: See Stars Arrive For Band Aid 30 Recording [Pictures].

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One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Bono: See The Stars Arrive For Band Aid 30 Recording [Pictures]


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The Band Aid 30 recording of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ took place in London today, with stars such as One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Bono, Adele and Chris Martin all lining up to take the mic for a new version of the charity Christmas classic. The single will be available for download from Monday, with proceeds going to help fight Ebola in West Africa.

Harry StylesHarry turned up bright and early ahead of his One Direction bandmates

Fans waited outside the recording studio in Notting Hill all morning to catch a glimpse of their favourite artists, with One Direction’s Harry Styles among the first to arrive.

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One Direction, Chris Martin And Ed Sheeran Among The Line-Up For Band Aid 30


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One Direction, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith and Sam Smith are among the stars who will be joining Bob Geldof for a new recording of charity classic ‘Do They Know It's Christmas?’

One DirectionOne Direction will be part of Band Aid 30

30 years after the first Band Aid helped raise over £8million for Ethiopian famine victims, this time proceeds from the single will go towards halting the spread of ebola in West Africa.

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Fifi Geldof Expresses Anger At 'Selfish' Social Media Remarks


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Fifi Geldof, the eldest sister of the late Peaches Geldof, has hit out at an unnamed social media user who had described her sister’s use of heroin as “selfish”.

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Peaches Geldof, pictured here at Somerset House, was branded 'selfish' by a social media user

The 31-year-old posted her reaction on her Instagram page, which expressed her anger at how viciously some had reacted to Peaches’ death back in April, in her opinion. A site user had branded Peaches “selfish to use drugs in front of them [her children]”.

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Bob Geldof Still Grieving Peaches' Death, But Doesn't Want Her Sons "Wrapped Up" In Geldof Life


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Three months after the death of Peaches Geldof, Sir Bob Geldof has opened up about his grief in his first interview since.

“I’m walking down the road and suddenly… I buckle.” He said via The Telegraph. In a heart-wrenching testimony he continued about the weight of the grief and taking care of Peaches’ two sons, Phaedra and Astala. For his part, Geldof thinks it would be better for the two boys not to remember much of the traumatic family legacy.

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Peaches Geldof died on April 7.

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