Boomtown Rats


Boomtown Rats
Event on 2017-03-25 00:00:00
Concerts

MCD Presents
Boomtown Rats
The Olympia Theatre
Saturday 25th March 2017

**Tickets on sale NOW. Support announced as **

The Boomtown Rats make their highly anticipated return to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, March 25th 2017. Having celebrated their 40th Anniversary earlier this year, they are back to mark their first ever single “Looking after number one” as it’s 40 years since it hit the radio airwaves.

Tickets priced from €40 including booking fee & €1 restoration levy on sale NOW via , usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide () including The Olympia Theatre Box Office, and by calling Ticketmaster at The Olympia Phone Bookings on 0818 719 330.

The fees for this event include a €1.00 restoration levy. The restoration levy will allow The Olympia Theatre to invest in maintaining and enhancing the theatre to ensure that it continues to consistently deliver the highest quality experience for theatre goers, actors, performers & producers.

Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult, Over 18's ID required to gain access to the bars where alcohol is served.

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Doors open 7pm. Support announced as . Approximate stage times will be posted here when we receive them from production.
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Once famously described as ‘licentious, festering reprobates’ and ‘leprous anti-establishment scumbags’ and banned from playing in their home country, it’s difficult to overestimate the shock and awe The Boomtown Rats inspired in late 70s Ireland.  Fronted by “one of Irelands greatest lyricists" (Hot Press), they set out to “disrupt, disturb and question what it meant to be young in the Ireland of the mid-70s”.

Formed in 1975 in Dublin The Boomtown Rats exploded out of Ireland in ’76 and their fast, loud, furious music and their fast loud furious attitude meant they became part of the burgeoning punk scene. Singer Bob Geldof’s defiant motormouth arrogance and flagrant disrespect for authority endeared him and his band to every youth who felt weighed down by the heavy handed blandishments of church and state.  In the UK The Boomtown Rats first toured with the Ramones and Talking Heads rocking and mocking the status quo alongside the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam and The Stranglers.

They became one of the biggest bands of the late 70s/80s with a string of top ten hits and platinum albums, earning them Brit Awards, Ivor Novellos and Grammy Awards.  Making history as the first Irish band to have a UK no 1 hit with ‘Rat Trap’, they went on to top the charts in 32 Countries with ‘I Don't Like Mondays’ and racked up 6 era-defining albums: ‘The Boomtown Rats’ (’77), ‘A Tonic For The Troops’ (’78), ‘The Fine Art Of Surfacing’ (’79), ‘Mondo Bongo’ (’80), ‘V Deep’ (’82) and ‘In The Long Grass’ (’84). 

In 1984, inspired by a TV report on the famine in Ethiopia, Bob Geldof organized the star-studded Band Aid and co-wrote "Do They Know It's Christmas," one of the biggest-selling singles in history. The next year he organised Live Aid.   In the intervening years Geldof’s profile as a campaigning spokesman may have overshadowed his music career, but the seeds of his activism can be heard in the grooves of all those Boomtown Rats’ hits and in his heart he’s just a humble song and dance man anyway.

Says Bob: “Age,curiosity and cash prompted our interest in getting together again.  Curiosity about each other and what we did together in the '70' and 80's.  Curiosity about those songs that seem to have endured and the music and band that powered them.  When I sang again Rat Trap, Looking After No 1, Mondays, Someone's Looking At You, Banana Republic, She's So Modern etc, there was nothing I would change.  On re-hearing, on re-singing them I understood that they could have been written yesterday.  The circumstances within which they were written hadn't changed. Tragically and unfortunately I could sing those words with utter conviction. This isn't nostalgia, rather perhaps a time to be angry again.  Time to go back to Boomtown.  If only for a short while…”

at Olympia Theatre
72 Dame Street
Dublin, Ireland

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