‘Citizens of Boomtown’ will be released next year with new tour, book, and documentary on the way

The Boomtown Rats are eyeing a comeback as they’re set to release their first album in 36 years in March 2020.

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‘Citizens of Boomtown,’ the upcoming album from the Irish new wave rockers, is due to be released on March 13 via BMG, according to Consequence of Sound.

Bob Geldof is on vocals, Pete Briquette on bass, Simon Crowe on drums, and Garry Roberts is on guitar for the new 10-track offering which Briquette also served as producer for.

The Citizens of Boomtown tracklist has been revealed:

  1. Trash Glam, Baby
  2. Sweet Thing
  3. Monster Monkeys
  4. She Said No
  5. Passing Through
  6. Here’s A Postcard
  7. K.I.S.S.
  8. Rock ‘n’ Roll Yé Yé
  9. Get A Grip
  10. The Boomtown Rats

To support the new album, the group will embark on a UK tour next spring with the below dates and locations confirmed:

  • 03/26 – Brighton, UK @ The Dome
  • 03/27 – Cheltenham, UK @ Town Hall
  • 04/15 – Birmingham, UK @ Town Hall
  • 04/17 – Liverpool, UK @ Grand Central Hall
  • 04/18 – Cardiff, UK @ The Great Hall
  • 04/24 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
  • 04/25 – York, UK @ Barbican
  • 04/29 – Manchester, UK @ The Ritz
  • 05/01 – London, UK @ The Palladium
  • 05/02 – Newcastle, UK @ The Sage

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‘Tales of Boomtown Glory,’ a new book by frontman Geldof that compiles the band’s lyrics and offers new and old stories penned by Geldof, is also set to be published by Faber Music.

Covering all their bases, The Boomtown Rats will also be the focus of a new documentary from Billy McGrath.

Frontman Bob Geldof said: “‘So why a new record?’ Because that’s what bands do. They make records. Songwriters write songs. 

“There’s so much to respond to in this new and different febrile atmosphere that we live in. People forget we took our name from Woody Guthrie, the great musical activist. I think The Boomtown Rats have always shown that rock’n’roll is a form of musical activism. The music has intent and purpose even if that is just the sound, about boy/girl, nothing particularly at all, everything in general, or pointed polemical…. Whatever.”

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Bob Geldof, Garry Roberts, Johnnie Fingers, Gerry Cott and Pete Briquette of The Boomtown Rats.Getty Images