Concert Photography: Helge Øverås

The Boomtown Rats

The Boomtown Rats were an Irish rock band that scored a series of British hits between 1977 and 1980, and were led by singer Bob Geldof, who organized the Ethiopian relief efforts Band Aid and Live Aid. The Rats were formed in Ireland in 1975 by Geldof, Dun Laoghaire, Johnnie Fingers, Gerry Cott, Garry Roberts, Pete Briquette and Simon Crowe. They took their name from Woody Guthrie's novel Bound for Glory. The group moved to London in October 1976, and became associated with the punk rock movement. Signing to Ensign Records, they released their debut single, «Lookin' After No. 1», in August 1977. It was the first of nine straight singles to make the U.K. Top 40.

Source: All Music Guide

Bob Geldof, Boomtown Rats, Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway, 02.02.1981. Photo: Helge Øverås