Bob Geldof has always been a huge hero of mine. As a huge music fan I was always watching my VHS recording of Live Aid from 1985.
I thought what the bloke achieved was remarkable. He sat there watching a news broadcast on the television and was moved by what he saw.
It’s something that happens to all of us. We see something on the box and feel incensed afterwards.
The difference is that Geldof did something about it. He called up his mates, recorded a charity single, put on concerts all around the world and pretty much stopped Queen breaking up.
He was brash and rude to people who stood in his way but he did it for the right reasons.
It made me think that he was someone who properly deserved idol status. I haven’t even mentioned the fact that I Don’t Like Mondays is one of the finest tunes ever recorded.
This week there’s been tragic news about Bob’s daughter Peaches Geldof. The mother of two has died at the age of just 25.
It’s sad that one family can go through so much tragedy in the space of a few years.
In 2000 Peaches’ mother, Paula Yates, died leaving Geldof as a single parent not only to their three girls, but to the daughter Yates had with the chap she left him for, Michael Hutchence.
Bob Geldof adopted Heavenly so she could grow up with her half-sisters.
Anyone who’s prepared to put others ahead of themselves on such a regular basis deserves all the plaudits available.
Geldof has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and has received an honorary knighthood from the Queen.
So many people hog the front pages for shameless self-publicity so it always stands out when someone makes the most of their celebrity status to do good.
In turn, it makes it even sadder when they’re back in the news for the reason we’ve seen this week.