Program Title: Bio.Beat: Bob Geldof
Telecast date: Monday, 25 April 2011
Telecast Time: 9pm
Channel: Astro, Channel 731
As a founding member of the seminal punk band, “Boomtown Rats”, he turned out a string of hits including “Rat Track” and “I Don’t Like Mondays.” In the mid-eighties a story on Ethiopian famine moved him to co-write “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” He convinced the top UK musicians of the day (including Phil Collins, Duran Duran, Bono, George Michael, Culture Club, and more) to contribute their talents to record the song as fund-raiser. The resulting 1984 Christmas song and accompanying music video became global best-sellers and the main anti-poverty rock anthem.
Geldof again turned to his fellow musicians in 1985, enlisting their help for the inaugural “Live Aid” concert. Playing simultaneously to audiences in London and Philadelphia, the concerts were seen by 1.5 billion people and raised over $100 million for famine relief.
This program is available in Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese subtitles.