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29 October 2014
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Geldof opens his heart to old pal Midge

Bob Geldof talks to Midge Ure


BBC Radio Swindon and BBC Radio Wiltshire have pulled off a coup by landing an exclusive interview with Bob Geldof, to be transmitted on Christmas Day, in which he talks candidly about his career, memories of his childhood and the death of Paula Yates.


Bob's willingness to speak so frankly could be attributed to his interviewer, old friend and co-writer of the multi-million selling Band Aid record Do They Know It's Christmas?, Midge Ure.

During the lively interview Geldof and Ure recall their Band Aid days.

Bob admits he envied Midge's ability to slip out the back door and return to playing music when it was all over, whilst he is still dealing with the legacy of being the person who inspired the most famous pop event in history.

This, combined with his music, television producing, writing, fatherhood and ongoing charity work, means people are sometimes confused.

Bob admits: "When people see my name now they think 'doing what?'"

He also speaks movingly of Paula Yates, saying: "She was really such a smart girl, full of grace and light and joy. These qualities I singularly lack. I go over it and over it. Daily I think why did it happen like that? I'll never forget her."

Ure, of Swindon, Wiltshire has agreed to do a series of five interviews for his local BBC radio station entitled Midge Meets, and Bob Geldof is his first guest.

"I'm talking to musicians who are friends, like Bob, whose work I and music fans admire greatly, and who have led extraordinary lives.

"There are some big names living in this area and who are often media-shy, so listeners will be surprised by who pops up on Midge Meets in 2003."

Notes to Editors

Please credit BBC Radio Swindon and BBC Radio Wiltshire as the source of this interview, to be broadcast on 25 December.

A full transcript of this interview will be available on from Boxing Day.

BBC Radio Swindon and BBC Radio Wiltshire can be found at:

Swindon 103.6 FM
Chippenham & West Wiltshire 104.3 FM
Salisbury & South Wiltshire 103.5 FM
Marlborough & East Wiltshire 104.9 FM

Medium wave
Swindon 1368 Khz
Chippenham & West Wiltshire 1332 K



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