Bob Geldof - "My Generation Has Failed So Spectacularly"
Irish rocker and The Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof says the social ills that they and other punk bands sang about in the 1970s are still around today.
On the telephone line from London, the 61-year-old said: "I was singing about the unemployed in Dublin in 1975. Now, I could have written the song yesterday, because the economy of Ireland today is so disastrous," he says.
"It's sad that my generation has failed so spectacularly. I thought, like every young generation, we were going to change things. That's what all my generation demanded. Bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Elvis Costello, The Ramones, The Talking Heads, Blondie. We demanded change through music."
The mastermind of 1985's Live Aid concerts for Ethiopian famine relief will be in Singapore for the Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. He will perform a one-hour set on Sep 21, the second night of the night race, at the Marina Bay Street Circuit park's Village Stage.