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Sir Bob Geldof joins Zoe Ball for Breakfast!

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 06 September 2013

The legendary musical icon Sir Bob Geldof joins us for breakfast to fill us in on the latest happenings with The Boomtown Rats!

They're back back back with a greatest hits album (which includes two brand new tracks!) and a tour which will take them all over the UK in the Autumn for the first time in 27 years!

Boomtown Bob shares his music choices and gets the nation pogo-ing to The Ramones, before dancing along to Wham!

Zoe also chats to two stars of this weekend's music extravaganza, Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, James Blunt and Jamie Cullum. And today's Pause for Thoughter is Simon Cohen.

Music Played

39 items
  • Image for Kaiser Chiefs

    Kaiser Chiefs Ruby

    (CD Single), B-Unique

  • Image for Olly Murs

    Olly Murs Right Place, Right Time

    (CD Single), Epic, 1

  • Image for A Flock of Seagulls

    A Flock of Seagulls Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)

    Electric Dreams (Various Artists), Virgin, 6

  • Image for Billy Ocean

    Billy Ocean Love Really Hurts Without You

    The Greatest Hits Of 1976 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Pilot

    Pilot Magic

    25 Years Of Rock'n'Roll Vol.2 (1974), Connoisseur Collection

  • Image for Glenn Frey

    Glenn Frey The Heat Is On

    Beverly Hills Cop (S/Track), MCA

  • Image for The Pierces

    The Pierces Glorious

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for The Pioneers

    The Pioneers Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

    Young Gifted & Black (Various), Trojan

  • Image for KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall Other Side Of The World

    (CD Single), Relentless Records

  • Image for Jackson Browne

    Jackson Browne Doctor My Eyes

    The Next Voice You Hear - Jackson Bro, Elektra

  • Image for The Shadows

    The Shadows Foot Tapper

    The Shadows - First 20 Years At The T, EMI

  • Image for Earth, Wind & Fire

    Earth, Wind & Fire My Promise

    (CD Single), Legacy, 1

  • Image for Karen Ramirez

    Karen Ramirez Looking For Love

    (CD Single), Manifesto

  • Image for Dexys Midnight Runners

    Dexys Midnight Runners Geno

    Greatest Hits Of The 80's (Various), Disky, 5

  • Image for James Blunt

    James Blunt Dangerous

    (CD Single), Rocket, 1

  • Image for Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Creedence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising

    Green River, Fantasy, 1

  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Beautiful Stranger

    Madonna - Greatest Hits Volume 2, Maverick, 13

  • Image for Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers Show Me The Wonder

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for The Boomtown Rats

    The Boomtown Rats Rat Trap

    Greatest Hits Of 1978 (Various Artis, Premier

  • Image for Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello and The Attractions Oliver's Army

    Fantastic 70's (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Four Tops

    Four Tops Reach Out I'll Be There

    No Greater Love (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes

  • Image for Ramones

    Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop


  • Image for Wham!

    Wham! Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Passenger

    Passenger Holes

    (CD Single), Nettwerk Music Group, 1

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco

  • Image for Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

    Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and Steve Harley Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me)

    20 Number 1's Of The 70's (Various), MFP

  • Image for Jamie Cullum

    Jamie Cullum You're Not The Only One

    (CD Single), Island

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Can't Buy Me Love

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 7

  • Image for Average White Band

    Average White Band Let's Go Round Again

    25 Years Of Rock `n' Roll - 1980, Connoisseur

  • Image for Matt Cardle

    Matt Cardle and Melanie C Loving You

    (CD Single), Absolute, 1

  • Image for Boney M.

    Boney M. Daddy Cool

    Million Sellers Vol.14 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga Alejandro

    (CD Single), Streamline Records, 1

  • Image for Avicii

    Avicii Wake Me Up

    Now That's What I Call Music! 86 (Various Artists), Now, 1

  • Image for Van McCoy

    Van McCoy The Shuffle

    The Greatest Hits Of 1977 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Barry White

    Barry White You're The First, The Last, My Everything

    Barry White - The Collection, Mercury

  • Image for Capital Cities

    Capital Cities Safe And Sound

    (CD Single), Capitol

  • Image for Chaka Khan

    Chaka Khan and Rufus Ain't Nobody

    (CD Single), Reprise

  • Image for Van Morrison

    Van Morrison Have I Told You Lately

    The Very Best Of Van Morrison, Polydor, 2

  • Image for Harpo

    Harpo Movie Star

    Super 70's (Various Artists), Virgin

  • Pause for Thought

    From Simon Cohen, who runs a communications agency.

    On Wednesday, the world will mark twelve years since the tragic and violent acts on 9/11. With so much violence still on our screens today, we might ask ‘what does the future hold?’

    Well, an old Cherokee tells his grandson: “There is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed. The other is good. It is peace, hope, love.” The boy asks “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” The old man replies, “The one you feed.”

    As we approach the anniversary of 9/11, many in the media will feed the wolf of violence, repeating those upsetting images of planes crashing into the Twin Towers. But the day also happens to be the anniversary of the modern nonviolent movement. On September 11th in 1906, Mahatma Gandhi called a meeting in Johannesburg to protest an unjust law. During this meeting, a Muslim merchant, Sheth Haji Habib, shouted out that with God as his witness, he would not submit to this cowardly law.

    While Gandhi had many influences, it was at that moment, when a Muslim invoked God on September 11th, that marked the birth of the nonviolent movement - which lives on to this day.

    As we approach the anniversary, it’s worth remembering the different stories on this day, and the sacred choice that lays before us.

    Which wolf will we feed? Our future depends on this. While our screens are filled with violence, we still have the choice to feed the wolf of nonviolence and kindness in our daily lives.

    We have the choice to reject stereotypes and injustice, in the knowledge that any one of us, like Sheth Habib, can help change the course of history when we speak up for our deepest values. And we have the choice to shout out ‘we choose a different path, a path of nonviolence, a path of hope, a path of love.’ Which path will you choose?


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