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Boomtown Rats to play Newcastle 02 Academy in the Autumn

The Boomtown Rats announce a UK tour as Bob Geldof says playing live helps him with the pain of losing his daughter Peaches

The Boomtown Rats will play the 02 Academyin October
The Boomtown Rats

The Boomtown Rats will return to Tyneside in October.

The band, who played a storming date at the o2 Academy in November with renditions of classics like Banana Republic, Rat Trap and I Don’t Like Mondays, will return to the venue in October as part of a string of newly-announced Autumn dates, prompted by the success of last year’s reformation.

Having reunited initially to play the Isle of Wight Festival, four of the original six-strong line up, led by Bob Geldof, have since enjoyed sellout touring success and are also booked to play a number of festival dates throughout this summer.

The tour announcement came as Bob spoke publicly for the first time about coping with the death of his daughter Peaches in April.

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on her ITV1 morning show on Friday, he said the pain of losing her was “still very raw”.

He said: “I’m walking down the road and suddenly out of the blue there’s an awareness of her, and you know, I buckle.

“It’s intolerable,” he continued. “It’s very hard as everybody must realise, especially if it happened to them too, and what else do you do? You get on with it.”

Peaches, who had two young children with musician husband, Thomas Cohen, was found dead at her home in Kent on April 25.

Ian West/PA Wire Peaches Geldof was found dead at her Kent home in April 2014
Bob Geldof has been talking for the first time about the death of his daughter Peaches and says he find playing live 'cathartic'

In a tragic echo of the death of her mother Paula Yates, who died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000, an inquest said the drug was likely to have played a role in Peaches’ death.

During the television interview, Bob said he finds comfort in playing live on stage.

“I’ve always done that and being on stage is entirely cathartic,” he said.

“It just clears your head I just get on a stage and go mad. If I dwell on the words sometimes I find it hard to struggle through the song because they take on whole meanings that I never meant when I wrote them.”

In a later interview with Chris Evans on his Radio Two breakfast show, Bob said the many messages and wave of sympathy from the public had helped him in the weeks following his daughter’s death.

He said: “I was overwhelmed. It’s a cliché also but it really helps. Not just the number of letters, just the sentiment. I mean some of the stories they tell you are heart-rending as you know – but just the sentiment, just one line and you open them up and the impact, you know. I was amazed by the impact of her, so young, on her generation.”

* The Boomtown Rats will play Newcastle 02 Academy on October 19.

Read the review from their November 2013 gig at the venue here.


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