It’s just over two days before new wave giants The Boomtown Rats – and ‘Sir’ Bob Geldof – will be performing at New Road as part of the Concert Of Legends.
The Rats will be alongside Billy Ocean, Paul Carrack, Ray Lewis’ Drifters, Odyssey, N-Trance and Livin’ Joy for the September 9 all-day festival of music.
Geldof and the Rats first burst onto the scene in the late 1970s and had a string of hits including their debut single ‘Lookin’ After No. 1′ in 1977.
That was quickly followed by ‘Mary Of The 4th Form’, ‘She’s So Modern’ and ‘Like Clockwork’ before their first number one with ‘Rat Trap’.
The hits continued to flow with ‘I Don’t Like Monday’s’ the Rats second chart-topper and other successful singles included ‘Diamond Smiles’ and ‘Banana Republic.’
The Rats initially split up in 1986 but by then Geldof had become immortalised for his part along with Midge Ure in organising the ‘Live Aid’ concerts at Wembley and around the world to provide famine relief in Ethiopia.
He co-wrote the Band Aid number one ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ and persuaded many of the leading rock stars of the day to record the multi-million single record.
Geldof was also responsible for the ‘Live 8’ charity concert in 2005 – memorable for a reformed performance by Pink Floyd.
The Rats reformed in 2013 and will be playing many of the hits which have become their trademark at New Road.
The concert gets underway at 12 noon and continues through to 11pm.
Early Bird adult tickets are still available priced £40, Early Bird junior tickets for £10 and a Family Ticket – for two adults and two juniors – costing £80.
All tickets – plus hospitable packages – can be booked via the link on the Worcestershire CCC website.