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Bob Geldof

Biography

Leader from the Boomtown Rats who also sang “We CAN’T STAND Mondays” and “Rat Capture” and who also helped found out the Band Help supergroup. In 2017, he ventured in to the meals market when his organization bought Beloxxi cream crackers, a Nigerian cookie organization. He was bullied as a kid because he had not been proficient at rugby. Down the road, he worked like a music journalist in Vancouver, English Columbia in Canada. He was granted a guy of Peace name by Queen Elizabeth II. He wedded Paula Yates on August 31, 1986 plus they divorced in-may 1996. His second child Peaches sadly passed away in 2014. His youngest child is known as Pixie and his oldest child is known as Fifi. He starred within the 1982 Red Floyd musical film The Wall, that was written by Red Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bob Geldof
Date Of Birth October 5, 1951
Place Of Birth Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Height 1.88 m
Profession Rock Singer
Education Blackrock College
Nationality Irish
Spouse Jeanne Marine, Paula Yates
Children Peaches Geldof, Pixie Geldof, Fifi Trixibelle Geldof
Parents Robert "Rob" Geldof, Evelyn Geldof
Awards Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, MTV Europe Music Free Your Mind Award, Peabody Award, NRJ Music Award of Honor, NME Award for Hero of the Year, NME Award for Worst Dressed, World Music Legend Award for Outstanding Contribution To The Music Industry, Echo Award for Lifetime Achievement Award International, NME Award for Biggest Mouth, NME Award for Most Wonderful Human Being, Brit Special Award, British Academy Television Award for Best Originality
Music Groups The Boomtown Rats, Band Aid
Nominations NME Award for Greatest Music Moment of the Year
Movies Pink Floyd – The Wall, Bernard and the Genie, Rat, The Old Fools, Sketches of Frank Gehry, Oh My God?, Mauvaise fille, The Secret Policeman's Private Parts, Number One
TV Shows Live Aid, Grumpy Old Men
Star Sign Libra

  • Facts
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  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1 Attended the wedding of media mogul Rupert Murdoch to former model Jerry Hall in 2016.
2 His effort to organize Live Aid is dramatized in When Harvey Met Bob (2010).
3 After the success of "I Don't Like Mondays", he received a letter from Brenda Ann Spencer, the school shooter who inspired the song, in which she expressed pride in what she had done, because the song had made her famous.
4 He didn't initially like the musical theme Midge Ure conceived for Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?", considering it too similar to the Z Cars (1962) theme tune.
5 Bob's paternal grandfather, Zenon Ulice Geldof, was Belgian, while Bob's paternal grandmother, Amelia Falk, was from an Ashkenazi Jewish family. Bob's mother's family is Irish.
6 Had fought with Patricia Hutchence over custody of his ex-wife's orphaned daughter Tiger-Lily. Patricia had complained that she hadn't seen Tiger since April 06 when Bob was in Australia. The courts sided with Bob over concerns that Tiger didn't know anybody from Michael's family.
7 Winner of the 2005 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution.
8 May 31st 2005: Hosts the world launch of the "Live 8 Concerts", to fight poverty and hunger in Afica, together with Harvey Goldsmith, Sir Elton John, M. Jack Lang, Richard Curtis, Jack Kennedy and Midge Ure from Grosvenor House Hotel, London, UK.
9 Is left-handed. Plays guitar with strings strung for a right-handed player (he forms chords backwards because of this.
10 Is often referred to, and credited - incorrectly - as Sir Bob Geldof. While indeed he was awarded a K.B.E. (Knight of the order of the British Empire) by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, as he is an Irish citizen the award was honorary and he cannot be referred to as 'Sir'. Instead he is more correctly addressed as Robert (or Bob) Geldof K.B.E.
11 He has custody of Tiger Lily Hutchence-Yates (b. 1996), the daughter of his late ex-wife, Paula Yates, and Australian singer Michael Hutchence.
12 He has performed with the SAS (Spike Edney's All Stars) Band.
13 Organized the Live Aid (1985) concerts that were held in July of 1985 after seeing a BBC documentary on Ethiopia. He flew to Ethiopia, finding the worst living conditions, and children starving. Co-wrote the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" with Midge Ure for the children of Ethiopia. The Live Aid concerts were held at Wembley Stadium in the UK and JFK Stadium in Philidelphia, raising millions for Ethiopia.
14 Geldof and Paula Yates had three daughters-- Fifi Trixiebelle (Fifi Geldof) (b. 31 March 1983), Peaches Geldof (b. 16 March 1989 d. 7 April 2014), and Pixie Geldof (b. 17 September 1990)-- who live with custodial parent Geldof. He is also the custodial guardian of Paula Yates' orphaned daughter Tiger-Lily (b. 1996), who is his daughters' half-sister.
15 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was so impressed by his charity entrepreneurship following the Band Aid and Live Aid (1985) efforts, she had him knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, which made him the first pop star to receive a knighthood (albeit honorary due to his Irish citizenship).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Today at Wimbledon 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Donauinselfest Live TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2016 performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Dolezal Backstage 2015 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Sounds of the 80s 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Peter Andre's Xmas Extravaganza Top 50 2014 TV Movie writer: "Do They Know It's Christmas?"
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1978 2013 TV Movie documentary writer: "She's So Modern", "Like Clockwork", "Rat Trap"
Some Jerk with a Camera 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs 2011 TV Movie documentary writer: "Do They Know it's Christmas"
Glee 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
t Schaep met de 5 pooten 2010 TV Series music - 1 episode
20 to 1 2008-2010 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Live from Studio Five TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Gavin & Stacey 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
House M.D. 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wo ist Fred? 2006 performer: "Room 19 Sha La La La Lee" / writer: "Room 19 Sha La La La Lee"
The Benchwarmers 2006 performer: "Room 19 Sha La La La Lee" / writer: "Room 19 Sha La La La Lee" - as Robert Geldof
I Don't Like Mondays 2006 TV Movie documentary writer: "I Don't Like Mondays"
Wife Swap 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Brit Awards 2005 2005 TV Special performer: "I Don't Like Mondays", "Rat Trap" / writer: "I Don't Like Mondays", "Rat Trap"
Interaktiv 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Stuck in the Middle 2003 Video writer: "Rat Trap"
Idol 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The West Wing 2002 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
EastEnders 1985-2001 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
100 Greatest Number One Singles 2001 TV Special documentary writer: "Do they Know It's Christmas?"
Un amore 1999 writer: "I Don't Like Mondays"
The Parent Trap 1998 performer: "Happy Club" / writer: "Happy Club"
Top of the Pops TV Series writer - 25 episodes, 1977 - 1995 performer - 1 episode, 1986 lyrics - 1 episode, 1978
Drop the Dead Donkey 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Beavis and Butt-Head 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Schmidteinander 1990 TV Series 1 episode
It's Christmas 1989 Video short writer: "DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS?" - as Geldof
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary writer: "I don't like Mondays", "Rat Trap", "Drag me down", "Do they know it's Christmas""
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary "We Are the World", uncredited
Pink Floyd: The Wall 1982 performer: "In the Flesh?", "In the Flesh", "5:11 AM The Moment of Clarity", "Stop"
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1982 Documentary "I Don't Like Mondays"
Fear No Evil 1981 as B. Geldorf, "I Don't Like Mondays"
Up the Academy 1980 lyrics: "Rat Trap" / music: "Rat Trap"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mauvaise fille 2012 George
The Old Fools 2002 Short voice
Spice World 1997 Bob Geldof
Beyond the Groove 1990 TV Series
Number One 1985 TV Movie Harry 'Flash' Gordon
Pink Floyd: Hey You 1982 Short Pink
Pink Floyd: The Wall 1982 Pink

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Fanatic Heart: Geldof On Yeats 2016 TV Movie documentary
Live 8 2005 TV Special documentary idea
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary idea

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Donauinselfest Live 2016 TV Series musician - 1 episode
Rat 2000 music supervisor
Pavarotti & Friends 1992 TV Special documentary composer: song "Room 19 {Sha La La La Lee}"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Live 8 2005 TV Special documentary organizer - as Sir Bob Geldof
Forty Minutes 1988 TV Series documentary contributor - 1 episode

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rat 2000

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Live 8: What a Difference a Day Made 2006 TV Movie executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
BBC TV Cricket 1986 TV Series thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Brexageddon?! 2016 TV Movie Himself
Donauinselfest Live 2016 TV Series Himself
A Fanatic Heart: Geldof On Yeats 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself
Berlin Live 2016 TV Series Himself
Skavlan 2011-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Irish Rock Story: A Tale of Two Cities 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
Vivement dimanche 2014 TV Series Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2005-2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The X Factor 2014 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
Lorraine 2014 TV Series Himself
Three Short Films About Peace 2014 TV Series short Himself
Mark Lawson Talks to... 2013 TV Series Himself
Rewind the Tube 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
South at Six 2013 TV Series Himself
CNBC Meets 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Nichts als die Wahrheit - 30 Jahre Die Toten Hosen 2012 Documentary Himself
Give Us the Money 2012 Documentary Himself
Daybreak 2011-2012 TV Series Himself
How the Brits Rocked America 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Worldwide Exchange 2011 TV Series Himself
Top Gear 2011 TV Series Himself - Star in a Reasonably Priced Car
Paul O'Grady Live 2011 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Marilyn Denis Show 2011 TV Series Himself
Seitenblicke 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
The One Show 2011 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
That Sunday Night Show 2011 TV Series Himself
Loose Women 2011 TV Series Himself
Breakfast 2011 TV Series Himself - Singer / Songwriter
Legends 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Ghost Blues: The Story of Rory Gallagher 2010 Documentary Himself
I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself / Himself - Singer, The Boomtown Rats
Video Killed the Radio Star 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Music of Ireland: Welcome Home 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Music Video Exposed 2010 TV Series Himself
The Noughties... Was That It? 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Oh My God 2009 Documentary Himself
Welcome to the 80's 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Moderne slaveri 2009 Documentary
Imagine 2006-2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Quantum of Solace: Royal World Premiere Special 2008 TV Movie Himself
8 2008 Himself
One Giant Leap 2: What About Me? 2008 Video documentary Himself
Unterwegs - Die Herbert Grönemeyer-Tour 2007 2007 Video documentary Himself
Yusuf Islam: A Few Good Songs 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Seven Ages of Rock 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Berlin Mitte 2007 TV Series Himself
I Am Bob 2007 Short Himself
Deadline 2007 TV Series Himself
Happy Birthday Elton! From Madison Square Garden, New York 2007 TV Movie Himself
Comic Relief 2007: The Big One 2007 TV Special Himself
Blair: The Inside Story 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Caiga quien caiga 1998-2007 TV Series Himself
4th Irish Film and Television Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Folk Hibernia 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Impact: Songs That Changed the World 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Story of Punk 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
MTV Day 2006 2006 TV Movie Himself
Rock Legends: Platinum Weird 2006 TV Movie Himself (as Sir Bob Geldof)
Best Ever Spitting Image 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Bob Geldof KBE)
Richard & Judy 2004-2006 TV Series Himself
'05: How Was It for You? 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
2005 Review of the Year 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Sir Bob Geldof)
Live 8: A Bittersweet Symphony 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Live 8: Twenty Years Ago Today 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tout le monde en parle 2005 TV Series Himself
Først & sist 2005 TV Series Himself
MTV Europe Music Awards 2005 2005 TV Special Himself - Free Your Mind Award Recipient
Tubridy Tonight 2005 TV Series Himself
MTV Storytellers 2005 TV Series Himself
Gaybo 2005 TV Movie Himself
American Masters 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Live 8 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
Live Aid Remembered 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2003-2005 TV Series Himself
Geldof in Africa 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton 2005 TV Series Himself
CD:UK 2005 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show 2004-2005 TV Series Himself
Parkinson 2005 TV Series Himself
The Brits Backstage 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Brit Awards 2005 2005 TV Special Winner 'Outstanding Contribution to Music' / Performer 'I Don't Like Mondays' (as Sir Bob Geldof)
New York Doll 2005 Documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Sir Bob Geldof)
The Band Aid Story 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Arena 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Band Aid 20: Justice, Not Charity 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Sir Bob Geldof)
Close Encounters with Keith Barry 2004 TV Series Himself
Band Aid: The Song That Rocked the World 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Secret Policeman's Ball: The Music Edition 2004 Video Himself
Ray Davies: The World from My Window 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Jeremy Vine Meets... 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Kelly 2002-2004 TV Series Himself
Bob Geldof: Saint or Singer? 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Get Up, Stand Up 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee
Grumpy Old Men 2003 TV Series documentary
V Graham Norton 2003 TV Series Himself
The Dunphy Show 2003 TV Series Himself
Fame Academy 2003 TV Series Himself
A Day to Remember 2003 Documentary Himself
Breakfast with Frost 2003 TV Series Himself
Britain's Brilliant Prodigies 2003 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Die 10... 2003 TV Series Himself
Stuck in the Middle 2003 Video Himself - The Boomtown Rats (uncredited)
Billy Connolly: A BAFTA Tribute 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
David Gilmour in Concert 2002 Video Himself
Phil Collins: A Life Less Ordinary 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself - Interviewee
There's Only One Paul McCartney 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
There's Only One Elvis 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
I Love 1980's 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
III nach neun 2001 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1985-2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Being Mick 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself (Party Guest)
HARDtalk 2001 TV Series Himself
Happiness 2001 TV Series Himself
The Weakest Link 2001 TV Series Himself
100 Greatest Number One Singles 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
Pink Floyd: Behind the Wall 2000 Video documentary Himself
Power Vision - Pop Galerie 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Festival Europeo de la Solidaridad 1998 1998 TV Movie Himself
Everyman 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Omnibus 1986-1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Diana & Me 1997 Himself (as Bob Geldorf)
Very Important Pennis 1997 TV Series Himself
The Works 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
The Rocker: Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Sunday Show 1996 TV Series Himself
Brit Awards 1996 1996 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Queen: Champions of the World 1995 Documentary Himself
We Are the World: A 10th Anniversary Tribute 1995 TV Special
The Beatles: All Together Now 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Smashie and Nicey, the End of an Era 1994 TV Movie Himself
The Word 1994 TV Series Himself
The Brit Awards 1994 1994 TV Special Himself (prerecorded footage)
Have I Got News for You 1993 TV Series Himself
A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out 1992 TV Movie Himself
Pavarotti & Friends 1992 TV Special documentary Himself - Guest Performer
The Big Breakfast 1992 TV Series Interviewer (1992)
Bernard and the Genie 1991 TV Movie Himself
Queen: The Days of Our Lives 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Rage 1991 TV Series Himself
Schmidteinander 1990 TV Series Himself
Juke Box Jury 1979-1990 TV Series Himself - Panellist
The Howard Stern Show 1990 TV Series Himself
Aspel & Company 1987-1990 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1987-1988 TV Series Himself
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
Queen: Magic Years, Volume One - A Visual Anthology 1987 Documentary Himself
Queen: Magic Years, Volume Three - A Visual Anthology 1987 Documentary Himself
The Secret Policeman's Third Ball 1987 Documentary Himself
World in Action 1985-1987 TV Series documentary Himself
Saturday Superstore 1986-1987 TV Series Himself
The 14th Annual American Music Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
Screen Two 1987 TV Series Himself - Scruffy Person
Sun City: Artists United Against Apartheid 1986 Video documentary Himself
The Max Headroom Show 1986 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1977-1986 TV Series Himself - Lead Singer: The Boomtown Rats / Himself - The Boomtown Rats / Himself - Lead Singer, The Boomtown Rats / ...
The Tube 1986 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief 1986/II TV Special documentary Himself (video version)
Wogan 1985-1986 TV Series Himself
TV Eye 1986 TV Series Himself
Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City 1985 Video short Himself (uncredited)
An Audience with Billy Connolly 1985 TV Special Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
MTV Video Music Awards 1985 1985 TV Special Himself
Live Aid 1985 TV Special documentary Himself
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Secret Policeman's Private Parts 1984 Documentary Himself
Pop Quiz 1982-1984 TV Series Himself
An Audience with Mel Brooks 1983 TV Special Himself
Three of a Kind 1982 TV Series Himself - The Boomtown Rats
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1982 Documentary Himself
Musikladen 1982 TV Series Himself - The Boomtown Rats
The Kenny Everett Television Show 1981-1982 TV Series Himself
SCTV Network 1982 TV Series Himself - The Boomtown Rats
The Other Side of the Wall 1982 TV Movie documentary Himself / Pink
Beat-Club 1980 TV Series Himself - Musician
Punk and Its Aftershocks 1980 Documentary Himself - The Boomtown Rats (uncredited)
Fridays 1980 TV Series Himself
Plattenküche 1980 TV Series Himself - Musician
Punk in London 1977 Documentary Himself - The Boomtown Rats (uncredited)
Marc 1977 TV Series Himself - Musician

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wogan: The Best Of 2015 TV Series Himself
Peter Andre's Xmas Extravaganza Top 50 2014 TV Movie Himself
Rolf Harris and You 2014 Video documentary Himself
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of 2014 TV Series Himself
Soul Boys of the Western World 2014 Documentary Himself
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1978 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself - Lead Singer, The Boomtown Rats
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1977 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series Pink
Tina Turner: Simply the Best 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Starsuckers 2009 Documentary Himself
Provinssirock 30 2008 TV Series documentary Himself - Performer
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Himself - 'Patriot' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Himself / Himself - The Boomtown Rats
Time Trumpet 2006 TV Series Himself - Live 8
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2005 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Have I Got News for You 2005 TV Series Himself
Michael Jackson: Number Ones 2003 Video documentary Himself (segment "Man in the Mirror")
VH1: All Access 2003 TV Series Himself
VH1 Legends 2002 TV Series documentary Pink
Omnibus 2001 TV Series documentary Pink
Top of the Pops 1977-1995 TV Series Himself - Lead Singer: The Boomtown Rats / Himself - The Boomtown Rats / Himself / ...
Memories of 1970-1991 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
The Story of This Is Your Life 1987 TV Movie documentary Himself
Sounds of the 80s 2016 TV Series Himself
The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Musician and Artist
That's So... 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
20 Moments That Rocked Pop 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
5 News 2015 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Gold Badge Award BASCA Gold Badge Awards · Anne Dudley
· Gary Farrow
· Mo Foster
· Nicky Graham
· John McLeod
· Alison Moyet
· Kate Rusby
2006 Golden Camera Golden Camera, Germany Humanitarian Award
1986 Personal Award Peabody Awards For "Live Aid", 13 July 1985.


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#Quote
1 [on David Bowie's suggestion that Live Aid should be an annual event] If he wants to give up six months a year to do it, fair enough. Live Aid took me six months to organise. I can't afford the time to organise another one myself.
2 [on David Bowie's endorsement of Band Aid] That's the seal of approval for the rock community. Bowie says it cool. Must be then. It doesn't get much cooler than Bowie.
3 [on Live Aid (1985)] I was content. We had got every major British pop artist of the last quarter of a century.
4 You've got all the baggage that comes with me: The Boomtown Rats, all the tabloid stuff... You've got to get through an awful lot of stuff, then put it aside and say, "well, I'll have a listen, I'll give him a go". But bizarrely enough, people do buy my stuff, so I get to play great theatres all over the world. Except in the UK, where they don't give a crap.
5 We believed rock and roll would last forever. Now I don't think it will. I think the diffuse nature of the medium means pop culture has won. We are pop culture. It's harder to identify the new and art has lost its ability to shock. Music is also trying too hard - there's a massive amount of stuff to reference, so why shouldn't I?
6 I was interested in the blues, because Mick [Jagger] and Keith [Richards] used to say, "forget about us, go and listen to Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf". So I dutifully went to the record shop and said "have you heard of these people?" That someone could be called Howlin' Wolf. Wow. I listened to that music and I adored its primitivism. I joined the Irish Blues Appreciation Society. I was member 11. Out of 13.
7 My sisters were complete Cliff and the Shadows nuts. They shared a bedroom, and they had Cliff and the Shadows everywhere, all over the walls and ceiling. I thought he was a bit girly, but if you turned over to the B-sides, they were fairly hardcore. I really mean that. The guitar-playing was the first time I heard what we would now call rhythm and blues, and I liked that.
8 [on "Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd] They had become conflated in my mind with this thing, which I had really thought was the death of music, prog rock and stuff like that. It was over-considered, middle class, intellectual English stuff. I didn't have it, uniquely amongst the planet I have to say, but it's only much later that I realized the scale of their achievement. What it is is a great record, that's what it is. It is absolutely one of the cardinal pillars of rock 'n' roll, in my view now.
9 Individual charity is essential, one human to another reaching over the impenetrable roar of political discourse to assist another in pain. Not to do this would kill us spiritually, but it will not deal with the structures of poverty that allow that pain to exist. Concerted, coherent, durable and massive political action can do that.
10 I think people respond well to the facts. The fact that a few miles away from Europe there is a continent where the majority of the population go to bed hungry every night should resonate with all of us. It is in our interests too to look after our neighbors. I find that the best strategy is to make the public aware of the situation and what needs to be, and can be, done about it. Sometimes the politicians need a bit of an ear-bashing to help them on their way to these solutions (but if the voters told the politicians to sort it out I could pipe down a bit - it is in your power to shut me up!).
11 We need finally to move from charity (Band Aid, Live Aid) to political and economic justice. Charity deals with the pain of poverty, the hunger, disease and conflict, but to finally end these things one must focus not on the symptoms of poverty but on its structures. Why does it exist? How does it exist? What can we do to stop it and its awful symptoms? That can only be addressed by political change.
12 [About different motivations for taking up causes] "Bono as we all know, is in love with the world, he's enamoured by it. I'm enraged by it. He wants to give the world a great big hug, I want to punch its lights out."
13 [About his foster daughter Tiger Lily, the daughter of Paula Yates and Michael Hutchence] "She calls me Dad. We were shopping the other day and they played one of my songs then one of her dad's. She said, 'That's you, Dad'. Then she said, 'That's my real dad. My real dad's a better singer than you, Dad". I just said: 'Sheesh... Thanks".

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