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(   Bob Geldof forced to cancel two concerts after selling 50 tickets out of 12,000 for sale. Somebody do a benefit for this guy, it's getting painful to watch   ( divider line
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2006-07-23 10:22:00 AM  
Lame Aid?
2006-07-23 10:36:22 AM  
He can see no reasons cause there are no reasons. What reason do you need?
2006-07-23 10:38:10 AM  
Was the concert scheduled for a Monday?
2006-07-23 10:38:43 AM  
No one came because you are a sucktard.
2006-07-23 10:39:09 AM  
Maybe, but it sure is another reason not to like them...
2006-07-23 10:41:25 AM  
You mean he isn't the world loved saviour of mankind that the media led me to believe he was?

What a shock.
2006-07-23 10:41:34 AM  
MonkeyBart: Was the concert scheduled for a Monday?

If ANYONE wanted to see him, do you really think that makes a difference? I'm going to Ozzfest on a Tuesday... and that's an all day event.

If they want to see it, they'll go, no matter what day it is.
2006-07-23 10:43:38 AM  
I could sell tickets to my friends and shift more than fifty tickets. Somebody run the HA! HA! guy.
2006-07-23 10:44:07 AM  
Musicology101: Well done.
2006-07-23 10:45:17 AM  
For a moment there I thought the article was going to be about the Dixie Chicks.
2006-07-23 10:45:38 AM  
'We've Been Boycotted'

You just keep telling yourself that, Bobby.
2006-07-23 10:46:22 AM  

his big hit was "I Don't Like Mondays"........get it?
2006-07-23 10:46:43 AM  
damitjim: If they want to see it, they'll go, no matter what day it is.

One of Bob'shiat songs was called, "I Don't Like Mondays." It was even in TFA.

Therefore, asking if the concert was scheduled for a Monday was, as they like to say in the biz, teh funnay.

/Kids these days
//Now get off my lawn.
2006-07-23 10:48:21 AM  
Maybe he could tour with the Dixie Chicks in the vortex of suckage. AND IT'S SIR BOB GELDORF TO YOU PEONS!
2006-07-23 10:52:25 AM  
2006-07-23 10:52:31 AM

"YOU! Why don't you like me anymore?"

Life imitates art a little more each day...
2006-07-23 10:52:42 AM  
gobnu1: his big hit was "I Don't Like Mondays"........get it?

Yeah... I know nothing about his music, so I missed that one.

/won't buy a ticket
2006-07-23 10:52:52 AM

There's one in the spotlight, he didn't buy my ticket! Get 'em up against the wall!
2006-07-23 10:53:17 AM  
MonkeyBart: It was even in TFA.

Didn't RTFA. : )
2006-07-23 10:53:25 AM  
I guess I've got to type faster next time Guess_Who.
2006-07-23 10:54:08 AM  
I guarantee I could find more than 50 people willing to pay to see me fart twice on stage.

He's got a really shiatty publicist.

/Hehe.. I said "fart" and "shiatty".
//And more than 50 people saw me say it.
///Geldof needs to do his schtick on Fark, like I do.
\\\\ Oh wait. That's not schtick. Thats the real me.
2006-07-23 10:54:53 AM  
Thats what you get for not liking Pink Floyd. Hmph.
2006-07-23 10:58:10 AM  

I guess I've got to type faster next time

I've been waiting for this one all morning.
2006-07-23 10:58:37 AM  
All we are saying........ is give Bob a chance.
2006-07-23 10:58:51 AM  

"Um, excusue me, sir. There isn't anyone in the audience tonight..."
2006-07-23 11:05:42 AM  
"Who the hell is Bob Geldof?"

...on a t-shirt...loved it.
2006-07-23 11:05:52 AM  
Is it wrong I have NO idea who this guy is?
2006-07-23 11:07:05 AM  
Reminds me of a Julian Lennon concert I went to in 1988.

His fame had already faded, it was a tour for his second album, and he could not sell tickets.

The venue, "The Muny" (outdoor ampitheater in St. Louis) had him as part of the summer concert series, and to help boost sales, were giving free tix to anyone who bought tix to any other concert in the series. (I got my free tix when I bought tix to Neil Young a week before.)

Despite the large amount of free tix given out, and the fact that the last five rows of the venue were "free seats" (City Park policy, fenced off seats that were for free for all venues.) Despite all attempts to fill the seats, only 50 people came to it. Scattered through five or six rows.

But bless his heart, Julian ran out on stage and performed like it was a packed house. Held nothing back. You would think he was in front of a sold-out football stadium.

As soon as the show ended, he stepped off stage, and personally walked up to each person at the show and thanked them for coming out. Very kind...very cordial. While 45 of us were simply happy he did this, 5 true fans of his went haywire that he shook their hands and talked to them. He even took pictures with fans and signed autographs, the whole biatche signed my ticket stub.)

Funny thing was, his show was really good. And it really made me want to like his stuff. He really had heart and did not come off as spoiled rock star kid, even being the son of a beatle. But sadly, in the shadow of dad John, he will never get a fair chance at impressing people with his music. (He realeased a really good album a few years back that the critics loved.)

It is sad to see this happen to rock stars who are in the decline of their career. They are being humbled at every turn. You learn quickly who is a nice guy and who is a real dick. In the case of Geldof, I would say he is probably one of the nice ones. A dick would not have done all he had for the third world while killing his own career in the process.

But rock and roll is a moody b*tch. we are not looking for the nice one to take home to mom, we are looking for the psychopath that will kill our pets and f*ck us like a banshee.
2006-07-23 11:09:49 AM

"Wish you were here."
2006-07-23 11:10:49 AM  
from the article:

The man behind 1985's groundbreaking Live Aid concerts - which raised millions to relieve starvation in Ethiopia

so how's that going?

oh, I forgot. Lets send more money!
2006-07-23 11:11:54 AM  
this thread may not even get 50 posts
2006-07-23 11:13:01 AM  
Shadowknight: Is it wrong I have NO idea who this guy is?

I have no idea either. I think he had something to do with that craptastic song about Christmas in Africa.
2006-07-23 11:28:57 AM  
ChickenGeorgeVII: Reminds me of a Julian Lennon concert I went to in 1988.

Cool story. I was wondering why Bobby didn't do the same thing for the first gig. The article says "fewer than 50 people turned up" which i guess means his equipment would have been set up and his band ready to go. Canceling a show after people arrive sucks.
2006-07-23 11:30:40 AM  
I smell shenanigans.

There's no way Geldof gets booked to play a 12,000 seat arena, solo. That was out of the Rats' league at the height of their fame. He might have been booked to play one of its smaller rooms, but there's no way he's booked to play the main auditorium.

This page says that he had flown in from South Africa for the gig, but Geldof's own webpage (which reports the cancellation of the Rome gig) shows he's been gigging in Europe all month.
2006-07-23 11:31:09 AM  
Just another brick in the wall.

/got nothin'
2006-07-23 11:32:32 AM  
"The former Boomtown Rats singer, who organised Live 8 concerts across the world last year,"

...not to mention the fact that he got Pink Floyd to reunite...

This guy has devoted his life to helping other people around the globe, and was behind the trend to get famous, rich people to donate their time and talents to raise money for less fortunate people.

You may now resume pissing your pants over Wil Wheaton and the guy from Myth Busters
2006-07-23 11:35:05 AM  
Italian magazine "La Stampa", eh?

Is farker Heamer the Editor in Chief?
2006-07-23 11:37:19 AM  
He said: "I feel we have been boycotted."

Unless the city of Milan's been taken over by some libertarian's who don't think much of your humanitarian efforts, then that's unlikely.
2006-07-23 11:40:37 AM  
2006-07-23 11:42:21 AM  
So he cancels and pisses off his remaining 50 fans?
2006-07-23 11:43:58 AM  
gwowen: He might have been booked to play one of its smaller rooms, but there's no way he's booked to play the main auditorium.

Arena Civica hasn't got small rooms or, for that matter, an auditorium. It's a mixed use sports stadium.

Don't worry, though, he won't be flipping burgers. He's worth 10s of millions of pounds.

[namedrop]and he used to be my next door neighbour[/namedrop]
2006-07-23 11:59:20 AM

ha ha!
2006-07-23 12:06:26 PM  
Sir Bob Geldof is a man to be respected. It's not because of his music career though, which may sadden him a bit. People here have already listed many of his accomplishments so i won't bother.

If some of you really don't know who he is, that's OK. You still know of some of the things he did, whether you realize it or not.
2006-07-23 12:27:46 PM  
2006-07-23 12:28:53 PM  

Awesome story.
2006-07-23 12:32:29 PM  

"Don't worry, though, he won't be flipping burgers. He's worth 10s of millions of pounds."

Sounds like you would know, but I really woudn't have thought so. The rats weren't even succesful enough to qualify as novelty 1 hit wonders, he couldn't have made 10s of millions from his music career. Perhaps he had money to start with or was smart with what he did make as a musician, but I seriously doubt he's a "rich rock star".

Anybody know for sure? perhaps a closer neighbor?
2006-07-23 12:34:45 PM  
All in favor of boycotting dorks.... raise your hand and extend your middle finger.
2006-07-23 12:43:29 PM  
From Wikipedia:

Business interests

In 1992, Geldof co-founded Planet 24, a television production company that has made such programmes as The Big Breakfast, The Word and Survivor. In 1994, the company was sold to Carlton Television for an estimated $7 million, while the rights to Survivor were retained. He then launched an online travel business, which sold in 2001 for an estimated $17 million. His company Ten Alps Communications is a media, entertainment and marketing venture in which he retains 8%.[6] A subsidiary of Ten Alps creates 'branded environments' and has worked for BP, JP Morgan, EMI, Disney, FHM, L'oreal, UK Ministry of Defence, Glaxo Smithkline, Microsoft and the British Foreign Office.


Ten Alps - a PR, broadcast and television company, whose current client list includes BP, JP Morgan, Ford, the UK Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence, EMI, Disney and many more - was founded by Alex Connock, Bob Geldof and Des Shaw. Connock bought Planet 24 Radio for £1, on the day that Carlton Television acquired Geldof's previous company Planet 24 for a reported £15 million. Ten Alps posted profits of £600,000 in 2005, on a turnover of £37,000,000.
Geldof's wealth was estimated by Broadcast magazine, in 2001, to be £30 million [7], a position of 18th in a list of UK broadcasters.
He is currently embroiled in a legal wrangle with his former bandmates in the Boomtown Rats, who accuse him of withholding substantial profits from the band's recordings from them.

So, he not a rich rockstar, he's a rich capitalist corporate shill greedhead.

Sounds a eensy bit hypocritical, asking people to forgive trillions of dollars in debt while ripping off his old band for what he owes them, doesn't it?
2006-07-23 12:52:26 PM  
...not to mention the fact that he got Pink Floyd to reunite...

This guy has devoted his life to helping other people around the globe, and was behind the trend to get famous, rich people to donate their time and talents to raise money for less fortunate people.

Yeah, well. Let me know when someone like Geldof isn't doing something just to feed their massive starving ego.

2006-07-23 01:10:50 PM  
hu hu


stampa stampa
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