The Boomtown Rats

By 11th October 2017

After last yearís storming of the Isle of Wight Festival stage an exhilarated Bob Geldof said “It’s weird. I’d forgotten how powerful a band The Rats are!” Others hadn’t. What was only meant to be a brief “re-grouping” turned into a triumphant sell out UK tour, a block-booked 2014 Festival season and the announcement of ëRatlifeí the second half of The Boomtown Ratsí second coming.

Beyond nostalgia both press and audience agreed that those many classic Ratsongs had indeed stood the test of time morphing from the radical, upstart transgressive rage of the mid-70’s into tunes for the ages with a tragic contemporary resonance. The audience, ranging from the Ratsí contemporaries to the newer, younger curious crowd wondering what the fuss had been about, immediately recognised the timeless frustrations and rage of the Now embodied in the Ratsí tunes and performance.

Age had indeed not withered them, but made them more potent. At a time of cookie cutter anodyne musical drivel the visceral Shock of the Old from its original purveyors is one of contemporary musicís great treats and revelations.

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  • Nik Kershaw
  • Kim Appleby
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  • Transvision Vamp's Wendy James
  • Captain Sensible
  • Hazell Dean
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  • Brother Beyond
  • Peter Coyle ex Lotus Eaters
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