(born 5 October 1951) is an Irish
singer, songwriter, author, occasional actor and political activist. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats
in the late 1970s and early 1980s alongside the punk rock
movement. The band had hits with his compositions "Rat Trap
" and "I Don't Like Mondays". He co-wrote "Do They Know It's Christmas?
", one of the best-selling singles of all time.
People are dying NOW. Give us the money NOW. Give me the money now.
Fuck the address, just give the phone, here's the number...
I've just realized that today is the best day of my life. Now I'm going home to sleep.
People will always reach over the impenetrable roar of political discourse to help a human on the other side.
It was quite possible that even 17 hours of the Boomtown Rats might have been a little too much for me.
I actually didn't want him on the stage, 'cause his haircut at the time was so appalling.
98 per cent of the available television sets in the world were on this thing. I'd just been told that, so I did walk out with that sense that there's someone in Vladivostok, there's someone in Tierra del Fuego, there's someone in Shanghai or whatever watching this now. Here. Now. This moment. And everyone I'd probably ever said hello to as a kid was probably watching.
Not to be immodest, but the first one was perfect in almost every sense, ... Artistically, people seemed to up the ante, and the performances were pretty great across the board. Huge amounts of money were raised, not a penny lost, and politically it elevated the issue onto the global table. The whole thing just worked, unbelievably.
Don't let them tell us it doesn't work.
The boys and girls with guitars will finally get to turn the world on its axis.