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Bob's Your Uncle Late Late Show special for Bob Geldof’s 70th birthday is 'going to be quite the hooley'

"We are going large on Friday night for a very special programme"


Bob Geldof is marking his 70th birthday

Bob Geldof is marking his 70th birthday

Bob Geldof is marking his 70th birthday

Ryan Tubridy has said tomorrow night’s Late Late Show special marking Bob Geldof’s 70th birthday is “going to be quite the hooley”. 

Alongside tributes from fellow musicians including the Boomtown Rats, Midge Ure, Andrea Corr, Imelda May and Sting, the rock star and philanthropist will also receive a special birthday wish from President Michael D Higgins.

He will be joined on the coach with wife Jeanne, children Pixie and Tiger-Lily and sister Lynn as some of Bob’s famous other friends such as Van Morrison, Tony Blair and Ringo chronicle his life achievements from his stellar career with The Boomtown Rats, to Live Aid and Band Aid.

Ryan Tubridy said on RTE Radio 1: "We are going large on Friday night for a very special programme.

“We are going to have his family in the studio, some I've met and some I haven’t, and Boomtown Rats obviously will be there, and playing at least once, maybe twice, it is going to be a party.

“And you are going to know all the people we have in because they are all very famous.


Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy

Ryan Tubridy

"And a lot of people who can’t be there but want to be there have sent us messages and there's talks of Ringo Starr, Van Morrison and Sting, and people who want to send their love.

"So it is going to be quite the hooley."

The Chair of the Elders and former Úachtaran na hEireann Mary Robinson will speak about her relationship with Bob.

The 'I Don't Like Mondays' singer whose other big hit was ‘Rat Trap’, will celebrate his actual birthday on Tuesday, October 5.

His life has also been hit with tragedy with two of the most important women in his life dying from drug overdoses.

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Bob's daughter, mum-of-two Peaches Geldof, died from a heroin overdose at the age of 25 in 2014.

And his former girlfriend, Paula Yates – who was mother of three of Geldof’s children, including Peaches, died of a heroin overdose in 2002.

Paula’s daughter by Michael Hutchence, Tiger-Lily, was brought up by Geldof after both her parents died in tragic circumstances.

The 69-year-old Live Aid star and his famous group that had a string of hits in the late 1970s and early 80s have been rehearsing at their studio at Stone House Farm near Horsham, West Sussex.

They are playing a warm-up gig at The Hawth Theatre, Crawley, on Tuesday October 12 ahead of appearing at The London Palladium two days later.

Geldof revealed he used to live near Crawley in Godstone and helped build junction 7 on the M25.

He said: “I used to drive machines that built the Merstham interchange and lived in Godstone. So dude, I’m a home boy, come and check us out at the Hawth Theatre!

“The Boomtown Rats support Crawley Town FC – come on guys let’s build a new clubhouse and score a few goals this season."

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