Bob Geldof

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August 12, 2022

Bob Geldof KBE (Dún Laoghaire, 5 October 1951) is an Irish singer, songwriter and humanist.

The Wall

He played the lead role in the film version of "The Wall" was made in 1982 by MGM under the title Pink Floyd The Wall. The film was directed by Alan Parker and is based on the album by the progressive rock group Pink Floyd. Although the film was one of his most important works, Bob has already stated that he doesn't like Pink Floyd's songs *. This statement is questionable, as Bob himself has already performed on the song Comfortably Numb, at The Meltdown Concert in 2002, with David Gilmour.

Band Aid

The Boomtown Rats didn't stay at the top for long and by 1984 their career had taken a nosedive. In November of that year Geldof saw a report on the BBC about the famine in Ethiopia and promised to do something about it. Aware that he could do little or nothing alone, he asked Midge Ure of Ultravox for help and together they quickly wrote the song Do They Know It's Christmas?. Along with Bono and The Edge (both from U2), Boy George, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, among others. Geldof managed to arrange an interview with BBC Radio 1 DJ Richard Skinner, but instead of discussing his new album (the main reason for going on the show), he took the opportunity to publicize the idea of ​​editing a charity single, so that when the musicians were recruited, there was already a huge interest from the media in the event. Using the powers of persuasion that made him well-known, he formed a group called Band Aid, which consisted of British pop rock musicians, all of whom were top performers. The single was released just before Christmas with the aim of raising funds to end the famine in Ethiopia. Geldof had hoped to raise £70,000, however the profit would have been many millions making it the biggest selling single in all of UK history. The idea was copied a few months later in the United States with the song "We Are The World" by Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie, the latter being Geldof's first point of contact. This single topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

Live Aid

Not satisfied with the huge success of the Band Aid single, Geldof set out to organize (and play with the Rats) the Live Aid charity concert, which raised unprecedented funds for the cause and traveled around the world with the aim of making more money. Geldof even challenged Margaret Thatcher, the British prime minister at the time, to make a major reassessment of the British government's policy in relation to the elimination of hunger in the world. In recognition of his work he received many awards, including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize and the honorary title of knighthood bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II, not having the title of Sir (a title exclusively for Britons) due to his Irish status. However, out of courtesy there are those who call him "Sir Bob Geldof" and even "Saint Bob". After the breakup of the Boomtown Rats, Geldof began a solo career, releasing a series of albums with some success, having also played with David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd). Bob Geldof, who is one of the most recognized and admired men in the world, has never hesitated to openly say what he thinks, even if it may hurt some important figures in power.

Live 8

Together with Bono of U2, he has devoted much of his time since 2000 to fighting for the forgiveness of the foreign debt of African countries. On July 2 and 6, 2005, he hosted Live 8, a series of concerts that took place in the G8 countries, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Live Aid. This event was intended to pressure world leaders to forgive the world's poorest nations' foreign debt, increase and improve aid, and negotiate fairer trade rules that