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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 5 October 1951Dublin, Ireland
Birth NameRobert Frederick Xenon Geldof
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Frontman for the late 70s to late 80s band, the Boomtown Rats Also wrote and produced Band Aid's tune, "Do They Know It's Christmas-time?" with musician Midge Ure. Band Aid later evolved into Live Aid, the first international real-time concert, broadcast across the globe for two days. Live Aid and Band Aid were created to bring relief to the starving in Ethiopia.

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Spouse (1)

Paula Yates (31 August 1986 - 1996) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

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Trivia (11)

Was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his continuing efforts to eradicate world hunger sparked by his creation of Live Aid.
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.
Organized the "Live Aid" concert that was 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 concert was held at Wembley Stadium in the UK and JFK Stadium in Philidelphia, raising millions for Ethiopia.
He has performed with the SAS (Spike Edney's All Stars) Band.
He has custody of Tiger Lily Hutchence-Yates (b. 1996), the daughter of his late ex-wife, Paula Yates, and Australian singer Michael Hutchence.
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.
Is left-handed. Plays guitar with strings strung for a right-handed player (he forms chords backwards because of this.
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.
Winner of the 2005 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution.
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.
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.

Personal Quotes (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".
[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."
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.
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!).
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.
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. (On "Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd)
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.
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.
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?
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.
[on Live Aid (1985)] I was content. We had got every major British pop artist of the last quarter of a century.
[on David Bowie] 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.
[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.

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