opens his heart to old pal Midge
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.
the lively interview Geldof and Ure recall their Band Aid days.
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.
combined with his music, television producing, writing, fatherhood
and ongoing charity work, means people are sometimes confused.
admits: "When people see my name now they think 'doing what?'"
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."
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.
talking to musicians who are friends, like Bob, whose work I and
music fans admire greatly, and who have led extraordinary lives.
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
credit BBC Radio Swindon and BBC Radio Wiltshire as the source of
this interview, to be broadcast on 25 December.
full transcript of this interview will be available on www.bbc.co.uk/wiltshire
from Boxing Day.
Radio Swindon and BBC Radio Wiltshire can be found at:
Chippenham & West Wiltshire 104.3 FM
Salisbury & South Wiltshire 103.5 FM
Marlborough & East Wiltshire 104.9 FM
Swindon 1368 Khz
Chippenham & West Wiltshire 1332 Khz