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Bob Geldof Biography

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.

Bob Geldof: 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.

Bob Geldof: 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.

Bob Geldof: 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.

Bob Geldof: 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.

Bob Geldof: 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.

Bob Geldof: 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.

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Lucas Clements

Dear Bob, I am sorry to hear what u r going through at the moment. It must be really hard at the moment for u and the family. I really would like to visit u. I would like to meet your family and see where u live in Battersea. I really think it would be a great opportunity basically as u look still quite young. Peaches was amazing and it must be really hard at this time for u basically for that matter.

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Dr Syn

Bob Geldof is not 'Sir'.He is not a British subject & was only given an honoury Knighthood.Which does not entitle him to use the term 'Sir'.So please do not give this vastly overated & misguided individual a title he niether warrants or deserves.

8 years 6 months ago
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Twin to save AfricaHere in the UK town/village twining takes place with other towns/villages somewhere in Europe or beyond, this always seems to be links between like minded financially based communities.How about a new approach?FOR SIR BOB!Twin Africa! This would be where a town/village in the UK twins with an African village, the input from this would be fantastic.Local authorities, Schools, Churches, Individuals, Garden Clubs, Footballs clubs etc could get involved in supporting financially & physically the twined village, We in the West could really help the other continent, it would become a personal commitment with results wich would be seenThis scheme people power would really be making a difference !

8 years 9 months ago
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Heya all....I dont know who actually reads this, but i still would like to say how amazing Sir Bob Geldof is and was, with his solo career and his career with The boomtown rats. I have all their albums, and one of Sir bob's, and i think they are great. Sir bob Geldof deserves a heck of a lot of credit as he has done so much to be extremely proud of. I am a very big fan of his work with live aid, and live 8 etc, and it is brilliant. Please keep it up, because your a great man with great talent. luv Mouse xxxx please e-mail with your views.

8 years 10 months ago
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why r scots people winning english tickets 4 live 8,i wanted 2 go 2 edinburgh for the walk but have been lucky enough 2 win tickets 4 london, as have friends of mine

8 years 9 months ago
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David Mathers

Hello Bob Geldof is one of the most important figures in music.He has changed the way we think about it. he managed to change the 80s from a me me me era to a historical charity era which is absolotley brilliant. dvd. . There is not a bad word to say about this man who wateched a tv report and gave us one of the best seeling records ever "Do they know its christmas"ans then to live aid and then recenly band aid 20 to live 8. Cant wait to see the live 8 buying it soon. thank you sir bob David Mathers (musican, music buissnus student)

8 years 4 months ago
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Pink girl

Bob has indeen changed alot of things in the world. Sometimes i feel people don't realize that. he is a great man and has done an awful lot for charity and people should remember that. he has saved lives. like for instance the press were saying that Bob's approach to africa's problems were with a concert and they were critising his idea saying it won't work. but it did work and it has worked he saved that young girl's life birhan 20 years ago through live aid. So that proved the press wrong. Bob won't ever give up on africa never no matter what anyone tells him. Bob isn't the type of person to back down and I think that's a great thing to have, to be able to stick to your guns no matter what is thrown at you. bob is a great guy. he is certainly someone i look up to and admire.Kayleigh 14 years old from northampton

7 years 10 months ago
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he might not actually be a sir but he deserves it a helluva lot more than many other 'sirs' and britain!

8 years 6 months ago
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William D'souza

Checked your site . Well I do know that u had organised lot of big concerts in the past like Aids concert & right now given to understand that u are organising a big concert in July. Well I'm a professional musician percussionist from India. Kindly log on to my music profile asangelav.comNext step click on artistes, then u get the alphabetic order of the artistes, click next then click on William D'souza. Contact No 0091-832-2253881 India Goa.Good wishes. Looking forward hearing from u . Keep grooving .Cheers,William.

8 years 10 months ago
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