Sunday, December 17, 2017

2018 Dates



  • CANCELLED Friday 19 January 2018 Pier 2, Bremen, Germany
  • CANCELLED Saturday 20 January 2018 Sporthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • CANCELLED Monday 22nd January 2018 Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Saturday 2nd June 2018 Holywood Harmony Festival, Co Down
  • Saturday 16th June 2018 Lets Rock, Temple Newsham, Leeds
  • Saturday 7th July 2018 Southampton TBC 
  • Saturday 14th July 2018 Shrewsbury TBC 
  • Saturday 21st July 2018  Scotland TBC 
  • Saturday 28th July 2018    Lets Rock, Clapham Common, London 
  • Sunday 29th July 2018 Theatre in the Woods, Holt, Norfolk
  • Saturday 4th August  2018 Cheshire TBC 
  • Saturday 11th August  2018 Kubix Festival New Herrington Country Park,Sunderland
  • Sunday 19th  August  2018 Henley TBC 
  • Sunday 7th  October 2018 Great British Alternative Festival Skegness
  • Sunday, March 12, 2017

    2017 Dates


    Sunday 5th March Sporthalle,  Krochmannstraße 55, 22297 Hamburg, Germany.
    Monday 6th March Pier 2, Gröpelinger Fährweg 6, 28237 Bremen, Germany
    Friday 24th March The Mandela Hall, 79 University Rd,  Belfast
    Saturday 25th March The Olympia Theatre,72 Dame St, Dublin, Ireland
    Friday 7th April The Olympia Theatre,72 Dame St, Dublin, Ireland (Rock Against Homelessness)
    Fri 21 April Famagusta, Cyprus
    Saturday 1st July Prekyfest, Totally Wicked Stadium, McManus Drive, St Helens WA9 3AL   (Support includes ABC, Midge Ure, Paul Young, Dodgy and  Toploader)
    Saturday 8th July  One Live Festival, Stoke Park, Parkway, Guildford, GU1 1ER,  UK   (Support includes The Darkness, Reverend & The Makers, Toploader)

    Thursday 3rd August  Wacken Open Air 2017, Germany
    Saturday 5th August  Amphitheater, Hanau, Germany
    Saturday 12th August Nostalgie Beach Festival, Ostend, Belgium (with UB40 and Banarama) www.nostalgiebeachfestival.be/nl/
    Saturday 9th September Worcestershire County Cricket Grounds http://wccc.co.uk/concerts

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    2016 Dates


    Dates for your diaries

    Friday 26th February 2016 Grosvenor House Hotel, London W1, UK
    Saturday 26th March 2016 San Sebastian, SPAIN Cancelled due to weather
    Friday 29th April 2016 The Stage, Basingstoke, Hampshire UK
    Saturday 4th June 2016 Queen of the South FC , Palmerston Park, UK Cancelled due to low ticket sales http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-36274818
    Saturday 18th June 2016 Hurtwood Park Polo Country Club,Ewhurst Green, Surrey GU6 7SW UK
    Saturday 25th June 2016  Donauinselfest, Vienna, AUSTRIA
    Friday 1st July 2016 Godiva Festival, Coventry, West Midands UK
    Saturday 9th July 2016 Midnattsrocken 2016, Lakselv NORWAY
    Saturday 16th July 2016 Wellow Fest, Chapel Farm. Wellow, Newark Nottingham NG22 0EJ, UK
    Sunday 17th July 2016 Brentwood Festival, Essex, CM15 9NN, UK
    Friday 29th July 2016 Silverstone, Northamptonshire UK
    Thursday 11th August 2016 Leopardstown Racecourse, EIRE
    Sunday 21st August 2016 Weyfest, Farnham, Surrey UK
    Saturday 27th August 2016 Victorious Festival, Portsmouth, UK
    Saturday 12th November 2016 Riesa, GERMANY










    Friday, February 26, 2016

    The Great Room, Grosvenor House, 86-90 Park Lane, London


    W2 Foundation was set up by Keith Wood as a benevolent fund for Sport, Community, Education and Rugby Player Welfare. The W2 Foundation sits within The Ireland Funds and has raised over €1.5m to date. With no operational costs, all proceeds raised from the event go directly to the Foundation.

    The Rats played

    • She's So Modern
    • Like Clockwork
    • Neon Heart 
    • (She's Gonna) Do You In
    • Someone's Looking (at You)
    • Banana Republic
    • I Don't Like Mondays
    • Close As You'll Ever Be
    • Mary of the 4Th Form
    • Lookin' After No 1
    • Rat Trap
    • The Boomtown Rats 


     From twitter...

    Sunday, December 06, 2015

    Olympia, Dublin, Ireland - Sunday 6th December 2015

    The Rats are playing a homecoming 40th anniversary gig on Sunday 6th December 2015.  Support from The Trouble Pilgrims aka The Radiators from Space playing their 1977 album TV Tube Heart in its entirety (all 33 minutes of it).

    Last tickets remaining in the upper circle for 39 euro via Ticketmaster Ireland and doubtless other ticket agencies.




    Thursday, October 22, 2015

    A Night at The Opera - Thursday 22nd October 2015

    The Rats will be appearing at The Cork Opera House on the Thursday 22nd October 2015 as part of the Guinness Jazz Festival.

    Rats, Jazz, Opera! That statement ranks as the greatest oxymoron I have ever written!



    Still a very good excuse to head to Cork where their last gig in a tent went down a storm.  The Opera House sounds like another interesting venue.

    Sunday, September 06, 2015

    Electric Picnic, Laois, Ireland

    Sold Out already, even before they added The Greatest Rock 'n Roll Band In The World!


    Friday, August 28, 2015

    Carfest South, Laverstoke Park Farm Hampshire, UK


    They played


    • She's So Modern 
    • Like Clockwork 
    • (She's Gonna) Do You In 
    • I Don't Like Mondays 
    • Mary of the 4th Form 
    • Looking After No. 1 
    • Rat Trap 
    • The Boomtown Rats

    Monday, August 10, 2015

    The Imelda May Show

    Imelda May was joined by The Boomtown Rats, For those in Ireland you can watch on RTÉ

    For the rest of us, a couple of minutes from the show and a trailer...



    Monday, August 03, 2015

    Friedberg, Germany

    They Played

    • (I Never Loved) Eva Braun 
    • Like Clockwork 
    • Neon Heart 
    • (She's Gonna) Do You In 
    • Someone's Looking at You 
    • Banana Republic 
    • She's So Modern 
    • I Don't Like Mondays 
    • Close as You'll Ever Be 
    • Mary of the 4th Form
    • Looking After No. 1 
    • Rat Trap 

    Encore:

    • Diamond Smiles 
    • The Boomtown Rats 

    Sunday, July 19, 2015

    Latitude, Suffolk, UK


    They played

    • She's So Modern
    • Like Clockwork
    • (She's Gonna) Do You In
    • I Don't Like Mondays
    • Mary of the 4th Form
    • Looking After No. 1
    • Rat Trap
    • The Boomtown Rats
    Noel Gallagher wouldn't let them play just before him nor let them do an encore.


    Apologies for the length of this post, but it is one helluva poster!


    Sunday, June 07, 2015

    Let's Rock Bristol, Ashton Court, Bristol, UK

    The Rats played an abridged set...

    • Mary of the 4th Form
    • Someone's Looking (At You)
    • Rat Trap
    • I Don't Like Mondays
    • Lookin' After No 1
    • She's So Modern
    • The Boomtown Rats
    • Like Clockwork
    Other acts look like Hell on Earth..






    Friday, June 05, 2015

    Kivenlahti Rock Festival, Helsinki, Finland


    They Played...


    • (I Never Loved) Eva Braun 
    • Like Clockwork 
    • Neon Heart 
    • (She's Gonna) Do You In 
    • Someone's Looking at You 
    • Banana Republic 
    • She's So Modern 
    • I Don't Like Mondays 
    • Close as You'll Ever Be 
    • Mary of the 4th Form / I Wanna Be Your Man / Boom Boom 
    • Looking After No. 1 
    • Rat Trap 

    Encore of Me and Howard Hughes, Diamond Smiles and The Boomtown Rats in the setliste but were not played due to curfew.

    Friday, May 29, 2015

    Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, Germany

    Schlachthof translates as Slaughter House, which equates to Meat Factory, so most appropriate they ended the set with Rat Trap!




    They played...

    • (I Never Loved) Eva Braun 
    • Like Clockwork 
    • Neon Heart 
    • (She's Gonna) Do You In 
    • Someone's Looking at You 
    • Banana Republic 
    • She's So Modern 
    • I Don't Like Mondays 
    • Close as You'll Ever Be 
    • Mary of the 4th Form 
    • Looking After No. 1 
    • Rat Trap 
    Encore:
    • Diamond Smiles 
    • The Boomtown Rats 

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    Thursday 28th May 2015 Swiss Festival Winterthur, Switzerland



    Yep, the Legend was on stage, but I know nothing else about it.  Please post comments.

    Friday, May 22, 2015

    Nöjesfabriken Karlstad Sweden



    If a picture paints a thousand words, then this video must be showing a million! 
    In lieu of any reviews, just watch the first 2015 date from THE BOOMTOWN RATS!


    Monday, November 24, 2014

    Festival Dates 2015

    Friday 22nd May 2015 - Karlstad Sweden
    Wednesday 27th May 2015 Munich, Germany (CANCELLED)
    Thursday 28th May 2015   Swiss Festival Winterthur, Switzerland
    Friday 29th May 2015 - Wiesbaden, Germany
    Saturday 30th May 2015 - Cologne, Germany (CANCELLED)
    Friday 5th June 2015 Kivenlahti Rock Festival, Helsinki, Finland 
    Sunday 7th June 2015  Let's Rock Bristol, Ashton Court, Bristol, UK
    Thursday 18th June 2015 Live Earth, Paris, France  (CANCELLED)
    Sunday 21st June 2015  Lublin Festival, Poland
    Sunday 19th July 2015 Latitude, Suffolk, UK
    Friday 31st July 2015 Carfest North, Oulton Park, Cheshire , UK
    Monday 3rd August 2015 Friedberg, Germany
    Saturday 8th August 2015 Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, UK
    Sunday 9th August 2015 Rewind North, Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, UK
    Friday 14th August 2015 Kartfestivalen, Norway
    Friday 28th August 2015 Carfest South, Laverstoke Park Farm Hampshire, UK
    Saturday 29th August 2015 Watchet, Somerset, UK
    Sunday 6th September 2015, Electric Picnic, Laois, Ireland
    Sunday 13th September 2015, Reload, Norwich, UK

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Rats return to Maida Vale

    Tonight, of all nights, The Boomtown Rats were the featured artists on BBC Radio 4s Mastertapes, the series which looks back at a key album from an artist's career.

    This recording of the programme took place at the BBCs Maida Vale studios where the band recorded their Peel sessions back in the late 1970s.



    I arrived at about 4.30pm with no one waiting outside the studio.  So I headed to the local and was quite well oiled when three of us headed to the venue at about 6.15pm, a whole quarter of an hour before the doors were due to open only to be told it was full and no one else was getting in!

    We were late because we were sent emails saying "You and those on your ticket will be given priority entrance to the event." so saw no need to get there that early.






    I was a bit hacked off at that point thinking I had made a massive mistake considering I could have queued for a couple of hours, but then someone confirmed we had questions and were to be admitted, so we were taken down into the bowels of the studio where we waited outside the studio door to be let in.   No queuing for us!

    We politely let the others with questions in ahead of us.  They all filed into the second row from the front, and as we were sitting down in the third row, we were told to get up and go and sit in the front row!

    Turned out these were pretty much the best seats in the house, as the way the stage was set up John Wilson who was doing the interviewing had his back to us, but Geldof whilst side on to much of the audience directly faced us.

    The Rats kicked off with the riff from Rat Trap which we were told to applaud enthusiastically, absolutely no issue for me.   They opened with She's So Modern.  I noticed various audience members recording and taking photographs which I didn't believe was permitted,   Anyway as everyone was seated, and there was no one in front of me, I got my iPad out (which I had only taken along to stave off boredom in the queue) and recorded Rat Trap, Like Clockwork, Howard Hughes and Eva Braun.



    The interview was captivating. Geldof dominated proceedings, but the other three did chip in from time to time.  There was a lot about Mutt Lange and his input with Pete admitting that Mutt came up with the bass line in Rat Trap and Bob playing the song acoustically to explain what Mutt brought to the song.  I also recorded that bit.  Bob talked about writing Eva Braun and Howard Hughes in the same day. If only he could have more days like that.



    I even got my moment in the sun when I asked my question.  I even had to stand up so people could see me in my full Dennis the Menace regalia.   I was a little apprehensive as I was asking if Geldof was the best singer in the Rats.  He said no, and then gave a really interesting answer about how Simon and Mutt Lange provided the harmonies, Garry interjected to say Geldof's presence and performance made him a great front man which I wholeheartedly agree with.




    I suspect there will be a fair amount of cutting, Some of Bob's more colourful answers definitely won't be broadcast, because John Wilson repeated a couple of questions saying that his first answer wouldn't be going out on Radio 4 at three in the afternoon!

    The show ended at 9pm, which left two hours of further drinking time with friends, where we looked back at my footage and talked music until closing time.

    It was an absolutely superb evening on a par with getting to play at Highbury and meeting Charlie George before they dug up the pitch.  Truly a once in a lifetime money can't buy experience, well except for those good people who bid £550 to win the eBay/Children in Need auction. The best night out this decade!

    The show will be broadcast on Radio 4 in two parts on the 1st and 2nd December 2014.




    Sunday, November 09, 2014

    Friday, November 07, 2014

    Friday 7th November 2014 - LONDON Kentish Town Forum

    As Kentish Town is a quick jaunt around the overground, this was a nice easy trip.  Met up with some old (and young as it happened) fellow Rat fans at the local, prior to heading in and getting a prime viewing spot two or three from the front, just in time to see Republica who were great support and played this superb set
    • From Rush Hour With Love 
    • Out Of The Darkness 
    • Drop Dead Gorgeous 
    • Try Everything 
    • German Accent 
    • Hallelujah 
    • Christiana Obey 
    • Ready To Go 
    Not wishing to leave my vantage point, I didn't worry about heading to the bar as the crowd grew ever denser around me.  At about 9pm, The Rats came onstage and played
    • (I Never Loved) Eva Braun 
    • Like Clockwork
    • Neon Heart 
    • (She's Gonna) Do You In 
    • Someone's Looking at You 
    • Banana Republic 
    • She's So Modern 
    • I Don't Like Mondays 
    • Close As You'll Ever Be 
    • Mary of the 4th Form / I Wanna Be Your Man /Boom Boom 
    • Looking After No. 1 
    • Rat Trap 

    Encore

    • Me and Howard Hughes 
    • Diamond Smiles 
    • The Boomtown Rats 

    Aaron Liddard joined the band playing sax on Rat Trap and The Boomtown Rats.

    There was a very lively crowd, self included, at the front. Place was absolutely buzzing at the end of Rat Trap with the whole of the circle stood applauding.

    Headed to the bar for Diamond Smiles, and saw the the rest of the Forum was very crowded.


    Monday, November 03, 2014

    Monday 3rd November 2014 - CAMBRIDGE Junction

    Support: Republica

    My second annual pilgrimage to Cambridge to see the Rats in a smaller venue than those I would normally see them in London. A slow train journey allowed me to consume the best part of a nice bottle of rjoca, however it did mean I missed Republica and ended up a little away from the stage, however, The Junction is pretty compact, so even if you had your back to the wall, you'd still be as close as you could ever get to the stage at The O2 or a festival.

    The Rats had a new swanky video to replace the projections of the last tour, even if the visuals are more or less identical, except a montage of them playing at festivals when introduced by Geldof during the encore of Diamond Smiles.  Also a new twist on the snakeskin suit story which was welcomed by those who had undoubtedly seen the Rats last year at the nearby Corn Exchange.

    The set was the standard that had preceded it on the tour to date, which meant no Joey (boo) but a welcome return for Howard Hughes (hurray).   It was the show that met expectations, in front of a quite subdued audience bar the odd pocket of excitement. Nevertheless, good to see the Rats at a venue where you can see the reds of their eyes and get involved.

    Saturday, October 11, 2014

    Saturday 11th October 2014 - Great British Alternative Music Festival



    The Rats played two sets; one in the afternoon and one in the evening.  4 and 10pm on RED stage.

    4pm set

    (I Never Loved) Eva Braun
    Like Clockwork
    Neon Heart
    (She's Gonna) Do You In
    Someone's Looking at You
    She's So Modern
    I Don't Like Mondays
    Close As You'll Ever Be
    Mary of the 4th Form / I Wanna Be Your Man / Boom Boom
    Looking After No. 1
    Rat Trap

    Kicks
    Diamond Smiles
    The Boomtown Rats

    10pm Set

    as above but without Close As You'll Ever Be and Kicks

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

    Rewind Festival South




    There is a recording available, however the tracks appear to be playing at the incorrect speed.  Listen for yourself https://www.concertlive.co.uk/downloads/album/183/



    Track
    VenueDurationPrice
    Play 'She's So Modern'1She's So ModernRewind Festival 17-08-201405:11
    Play 'Like Clockwork'2Like ClockworkRewind Festival 17-08-201404:11
    Play 'Someone's Looking At You'3Someone's Looking At YouRewind Festival 17-08-201406:36
    Play 'I Don't Like Mondays'4I Don't Like MondaysRewind Festival 17-08-201406:09
    Play 'Mary Of The Fourth Form'5Mary Of The Fourth FormRewind Festival 17-08-201408:49
    Play 'Looking After Number One'5Looking After Number OneRewind Festival 17-08-201403:50
    Play 'Rat Trap'7Rat TrapRewind Festival 17-08-201404:28
    Play 'The Boomtown Rats'8The Boomtown RatsRewind Festival 17-08-201402:19