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Monday 11 December 2017

Geldof stuns as he joins Strypes gig

BOB Geldof stunned music fans at a small Dublin pub over the weekend after turning up at a tiny gig by teenage sensations The Strypes.

It was the first time the Boomtown Rats legend (62) has performed in Ireland since the tragic death of his daughter Peaches Geldof last April.

He was asked to join the Cavan band, whose members are aged between 16 and 18, at a gig to mark the fifth birthday of Dublin rock venue Sweeney's on Dame Street on Friday night.

Commenting afterwards, the band said: "Good Lord . . .We had an absolute riot at Sweeney's 5th birthday bash last night."

Obviously a fan of the Irish rockers, the Blackrock native had been watching them perform in the audience before being called up on stage to join them.

The band's leader singer Josh McClorey asked for a big round of applause for "one of the most legendary figures in Irish music of all time, please give a warm welcome to Sir Bob Geldof".

The London-based humanitarian then made his way through the packed crowd to massive applause from attendees, who looked thrilled to see the famous singer in their midst.

Grinning broadly, he had a quick word with the band before going into a soulful performance of The Robins classic Riot in Cell Block Number Nine.

Looking typically rock and roll in a black leather jacket and a CBGB's T-shirt, he appeared to enjoy his time on stage.

He shook hands and patted the young band members on their backs at the end of his performance.

Bob has said previously how he finds being on stage "cathartic" in the wake of his daughter's death and he has drawn huge comfort from performing.

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His first live gig after the tragedy was at the Volkfest festival in Plymouth at the end of May.

Far from hiding away from public life, he said that it had helped him to "purge" some of the things going on in my head".

Bob added that the gig would help him to sleep well, which "will be the first time I've slept well in weeks".

He said that the loss of the mum-of-two was "still very raw".

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