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Geldof to Tour Ireland...
Pop star, poet, open-plan politician, living saint,
devil's advocate, freelance genius, natural irritant,
ubiquitous celebrity and media mogul.
still Bob Geldof has announced he is to tour the smallest
town of Ireland next Febuary.
my headmusic is what I do. I know people are surprised
when I say that. In fact, certain generations will
probably be shocked that I make music at all. But
music is central to who I think I am. I physically
need to do it and I think I'm OK at it. I'm good at
Bob Geldof type songs".
Age & Death is Geldof's first album for five long
years and with so much of Bob Geldof's life a matter
of public record it has all come out this time.
punk rock, The Boomtown Rats, Paula, I Don't Like
Mondays, Africa, Do They Know It's Christmas?, Live
Aid, the profanity, the pride, squaring up to Thatcher,
schmoozing Mother Teresa, the knighthood, the sainthood,
Is That It?, the curious facial hair, the mad Paddy
solo albums, the dot.com millionaire, the loyal friend,
the curiously compulsive radio presenter, the heartbroken
husband we can all measure our lives in terms of Geldof's
Geldof readily acknowledges, if his life story had
been written as a Jacobean tragedy or an Italian opera
it would have been rejected by the commissioning editors
on the grounds that it was too unbelievable.
the plot development department at Eastenders would
have a problem with some of the more unimaginable
twists. "My life seems so episodic and so extreme.
Plenty of guys join bands but they don't have Number
One records. Plenty of guys do charity gigs but the
whole world doesn't watch it and they don't get knighted
and put up for Nobel Prizes for f@#ks sake. Plenty
of guys always have a bit of wedge in their pocket
but I've always been either hopelessly broke or stupidly
rich. Plenty of guys get divorced but not at some
Shakespearean level of tragedy. What the fuck is going
life has undoubtedly been kind to Geldof, it has also
been unfathomably cruel. The last five, heavily documented
years have seen him confront more than most mortals
could honestly cope with.
this time, he wrote Sex, Age & Death, as a confession,
as a release and simply, as the man says, because
this is what he does.
can only ever write about that which happens to me
or my response to situations," says Geldof. "So for
who's ever interested, besides myself, this is the
latest instalment of the diary."
he remains notoriously reluctant to discuss the tragic
three-way relationship between himself, his wife Paula
Yates and her boyfriend Michael Hutchence, the ordeal
now long over - casts a sad shadow over Sex, Age &
Death. "I don't discuss these things because I literally
can't," he continues uncomfortably. "I can't show
you my soul. Some things are unsayable. But maybe
you try to articulate the unspeakable in music."
joking, of course. Sex, Age & Death is a brooding
voodoo stew of sound. Rhythms rumble and skitter,
melodies shimmer like heat above tarmac, voices arrive
unannounced inside your head, sly curlicues of slide
guitar slip from the speakers, the darkness hums,
drunk choirs chorus, crickets call, smoke signals
rise and at one point, you'll swear, a kettle boils.
how would Geldof recommend the album is best enjoyed?
"With a certain amount of sympathy," he deadpans.
"Its not meant to be a Saturday-night-going-out album.
Stick it on at two in the morning and revel in my
fabulous world of unrelenting misery."
to Geldof's Sex, Age & Death, a lifetime and five
years in the making. Ten songs about the stuff we
prefer to leave unsaid. It will take you to places
you've never been and if you're not careful it will
leave you there.
Age & Death: its not Westlife but, come on, this is
Bob Geldof, did you really think it was going to be?
Bob Geldof plays his Irish tour around Ireland from
February 22nd to Feb 27.
are available from HMV, Soundcellar and Other Ticketmaster