Boomtown Rats reform for Isle of Wight gig

Updated: 29 January 2013 11:53

Bob Geldof is reforming pub rockers-turned-punks The Boomtown Rats for a gig at this year's Isle of Wight Festival and the band haven't ruled out doing some Irish shows.

Bob Geldof is reforming pub rockers-turned-punks The Boomtown Rats for a gig at this year's Isle of Wight Festival and the band haven't ruled out doing some Irish shows.

With characteristic modesty, Geldof said, "Playing again with the Rats and doing those great songs again will be exciting afresh. 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."

Geldof (mouth), Pete Briquette (bass), Simon Crowe (drums), and Garry Roberts (guitar) will play the Isle of Wight gig on June 16 as part of a line-up that also includes The Stone Roses, The Killers and the Slane-bound Bon Jovi.

Original keyboardist and talisman Johnny Fingers, who is now married and living in Japan, will not be joining the reformed line-up. Roberts and Crowe got back together as The Rats in 2008 and play occasional gigs performing Boomtown Rats songs from the first three albums.

Speaking to The John Murray Show on RTÉ Radio One this morning, founding member Briquette was pressed about the possibility of some Irish dates for the reformed Rats, Briquette said there was more than a "50% chance" of an Irish show happening.

Earlier on Morning Ireland, the band's ex-manager Fachtna O Ceallaigh, who has also looked after Sinead O'Connor among others, was asked if it was the right time for the return of the Rats.

"Well, it's the money time." he said, joking that he might have a problem "with middle aged to eldery men singing about Mary of the fourth form", a reference to the band's 1978 hit of the same name.

The Boomtown Rats were trailblazers for Irish punk and pop in the UK in the late 1970s to early 1980s. They had nine consecutive Top 20 hits in the UK were the first Irish band to hit the UK No 1, with Rat Trap in 1978.

The original line-up played their final gig in 1986, at the Self-Aid in the RDS, Dublin.

Read a 2011 interview from RTÉ Ten with Bob Geldof here.