The span of time between 1984 and 2020 is long — 36 years, in fact. And, prior to this past Friday, March 13, there hadn’t been a new album from the Boomtown Rats released within that time frame.
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But Citizens of Boomtown, the long awaited follow-up to 1984’s The Long Grass, is out now via BMG, and it finds the Rats –– Bob Geldof, Garry Roberts (lead guitar), alongside Pete Briquette (bass/keyboards) and Simon Crowe (drums) — energized and refreshed.
The Boomtown Rats reformed in 2013 after nearly three decades apart, but this marks the first bit of “actual” activity as far as new music and official touring is concerned.
Stream the album below, via Spotify:
The Boomtown Rats do have some tour dates scheduled for later this month, though it’s anybody’s guess whether the shows will be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Regardless, Geldof does not seem particularly hopeful of shows in the U.S., as he told Billboard:
“I’d love that, but I don’t think we could get arrested in the States,” he says. “I would love to play at the big festivals there, or places like the Beacon (Theatre in New York), but I don’t think they’ll have us. I don’t want to do a club; That’s pointless. You never make money, and it takes six years to go and do all the clubs in America. So it’s a problem.”