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Bob Geldof, 62, rose to fame in the late 1970s as the lead singer of the Irish punk band The Boomtown Rats. He became an internationally renowned social activist in the 1980s by marshaling the power of his fellow music celebrities, most notably as co-organizer of the 1984 Band-Aid movement and the following year’s Live Aid concerts that raised millions for famine relief in Ethiopia.
The fund-raising song he co-wrote, "Do they Know It’s Christmas?" featuring an ensemble of pop stars remains a radio favorite in Britain and Ireland at Christmastime.
In 2005 he helped organize more celebrity-studded concerts under the banner Live 8 — timed to coincide with a G8 summit taking place in Scotland — that raised funds to fight poverty. For the past decade he has worked alongside his fellow Irish rocker Bono at events organized by U2 singer’s anti-poverty charity One.
Geldof still occasionally tours with the Boomtown Rats, whose most famous work is "I Don’t Like Mondays," a 1979 song that explored the mindset of a perpetrator of a U.S. school shooting. The band has several concerts scheduled for this spring and summer in Britain.
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