The Boomtown Rats Return with Their First New Album in 36 Years

Bob Geldof and co. are officially back
The Boomtown Rats Return with Their First New Album in 36 Years
Believe it or not, the Boomtown Rats are releasing a new album, marking Bob Geldof and co.'s first new record in nearly four decades.

The album is called Citizens of Boomtown, and it will arrive on March 13 via BMG. The record — the Irish band's first in 36 years — features Geldof back on lead vocals, while Pete Briquette is on bass, Simon Crowe on drums and Garry Roberts on guitar. Producing the album is also Briquette.

Citizens of Boomtown marks the Boomtown Rats' first album since 1984's In the Long Grass. To refresh your memory, the band are indeed the ones behind the 1979 mega-hit "I Don't Like Mondays."

In a statement, Geldof had this to say of the upcoming album:

So why a new record? "Because that's what bands do. They make records. Songwriters write songs. There's so much to respond to in this new and different febrile atmosphere that we live in. People forget we took our name from Woody Guthrie, the great musical activist. I think The Boomtown Rats have always shown that rock'n'roll is a form of musical activism. The music has intent and purpose even if that is just the sound, about boy/girl, nothing particularly at all, everything in general, or pointed polemical…. whatever.

The first single is called "Trash Glam, Baby," which will arrive on January 10.

To go along with the new album, the Boomtown Rats have also announced a series of U.K. dates. You can see those down below the album's tracklist. At this point, it's unclear if the band will play any international stops.

On top of the new album and tour, Geldof is putting out a new book called, Tales of Boomtown Glory, which will feature Boomtown Rats lyrics, stories penned by Geldof and his archival notebook. The book will also arrive on March 13 through Faber Music.

In addition, a new documentary about the band is apparently on the way from filmmaker Billy McGrath.

Citizens of Boomtown:


1. Trash Glam, Baby

2. Sweet Thing

3. Monster Monkeys

4. She Said No

5. Passing Through

6. Here's A Postcard

7. K.I.S.S.

8. Rock 'n' Roll Yé Yé

9. Get A Grip

10. The Boomtown Rats

Tour dates:

03/26 Brighton, UK - The Dome
03/27 Cheltenham, UK - Town Hall
04/15 Birmingham, UK - Town Hall
04/17 Liverpool, UK - Grand Central Hall
04/18 Cardiff, UK - The Great Hall
04/24 Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange
04/25 York, UK - Barbican
04/29 Manchester, UK - The Ritz
05/01 London, UK - The Palladium
05/02 Newcastle, UK - The Sage