When the world calls, Bob Geldof still answers
It's was about this time in 1984 that Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas was released and always at center stage of its anniversary is the visionary of the project: Bob Geldof. As a solo artist, Geldof attempted to reach out to all of us again, this time with This Is The World Calling.
The explosion of Do They Know It's Christmas made life a whirlwind for Geldof as instead of pursuing his music career, he went on to help organize Live Aid and took on the unenviable task of making sure the donations raised were going to the right groups. As the champion of the starving Ethiopians, he also called on foreign dignitaries to round up more aid - all efforts that culminated in his becoming an honorary knight in 1986.
Also in 1986, Geldof released his first solo single, This Is The World Calling, which was co-written with the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart. The single only made it to No. 82 on the U.S. singles chart for the man who gained fame as lead singer of the Boomtown Rats and as the main character in Pink Floyd's movie version of The Wall. Part anthem/part spiritual, the video for This Is The World Calling is a plea for calm and peace.
Geldof spends more of his time these days on the same issues that troubled him in the '80s like the inequities of wealth in Africa and hasn't released a solo album since 2010.