In 1979, they gained international attention with their second UK No. Geldof became known as a colourful interview subject.
They have subsequently announced further tour dates and released a new CD Back to Boomtown: Classic Rats Hits.
Geldof left the Boomtown Rats in 1986, to launch a solo career and publish his autobiography, Is That It? His first solo records sold reasonably well and spawned the hit singles "This Is The World Calling" (co-written with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics) and "The Great Song of Indifference".
He also occasionally performed with other artists, such as David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Thin Lizzy.
(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".
Geldof was appointed an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, and is a recipient of the Man of Peace title which recognises individuals who have made "an outstanding contribution to international social justice and peace", among numerous other awards and nominations.
When Geldof was six or seven, his mother, Evelyn, 41, died of a cerebral haemorrhage.
Bob Geldof attended Blackrock College, where he was bullied for being a poor rugby player and for his middle name, Zenon.
He briefly guest hosted the CBC children's program Switchback.
Returning to Ireland in 1975, he became lead singer of the Boomtown Rats, a rock group closely linked with the punk movement. 1 single in the UK with "Rat Trap", the first new wave chart-topper in Britain.