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Thought I'd put this up quick. He seems to indicate he'll release 'a series of EP's' - and later put out a full album called 'Mega'. I can see the argument that new music vanishes so quickly these days. And EP's allows for more exposure and 'newness' as it were than one new album. Anyway I thought I'd post it. 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/bob-geldof-announces-new-boomtown-10744955



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Well spotted and thanks for posting. You beat Noel and I to it! Sounds promising, especially if the songs have a classic new wave feel etc to them. 2017 has become more exciting again and I suspect more than ever a mini Autumn tour is on the cards.

 



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Thats a great bit of news, 2017 is flying by its been all doom and gloom, lets hope that these offerings change all that, it certainly sounds promising 



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Probably best to post about new album under this thread rather than' event cancellations' just to avoid duplication.

Anyway great news. Hope what Geldof says is true about the band being happy with the songs. I presume most of the good songs will be held back for the album proper, with the ep's testing the water with fairly decent songs(he said hopefully!) Who knows they may have struck a seam of gold and most of the songs will be up to scratch.

I said a few times on this forum that Geldof doesn't do things in half measures.If he puts his mind to a project and remember music is his lifelong passion then he or the band won't be found wanting.That's just my instinct. The Rats are way to good to just churn out any old rubbish (Ratlife excepted!)

Someone on the Rats Facebook page asked Pete a while back will the album be like the first one, Tonic, Surfacing or Long Grass and Pete Briqutte curtly replied 'all of them!' Wasn't sure what to make of this comment at the time but now maybe there is some substance to  Briquttes reply. The Mirror states that the music will be classic Rats rather than trying do deal with contemporary problems. Interesting too  to see the item picked up by so many newspapers, music sites etc

So it's something to really look forward to. Fantastic too to see the return of Peter Perrett of the Only Ones who also has just released a new album.



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https://www.hotpress.com/The-Boomtown-Rats/news/Bob-Geldof-reveals-a-new-Boomtown-Rats-album-is-on-the-way/20380808.html

Mega WILL be with us before 2018 arrives.

I think ArrGee particularly has been posting on Event Cancellations re the new album because that's what he thought it would be!

 



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I have one problem with this.Itunes (Danish version) is crap,they still do not have the Ratlife EP released.But seriously this is great news.Wonder if we will see any vinyl?.


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https://www.artiestennieuws.nl/70836/the-boomtown-rats-nieuw-album

The release is receiving significant coverage abroad, including this piece in the Netherlands. Translation reveals Mondays only got to no. 2 there. I wonder if a list has ever been done of the 32 countries Mondays is alleged to have got to number 1 in?



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Great news hope it comes out on cd I have waited yea s for this. Brill

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http://www.fyimusicnews.ca/articles/2017/07/07/music-news-digest-july-7-2017

Canada heralds the album announcement above, with a reference to Georgia Straight. No firm release date.



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http://tonedeaf.com.au/bob-geldof-making-another-boomtown-rats-album/

Australia, where IDLM was number one for 2 weeks in late '79, trailblazes the new album Mega. Some of the comments are none too friendly from the usual anti-Geldof keyboard warriors but then this is a country where sympathies for Hutchence are likely to affect things.



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Mark L wrote:

http://www.fyimusicnews.ca/articles/2017/07/07/music-news-digest-july-7-2017

Canada heralds the album announcement above, with a reference to Georgia Straight. No firm release date.


Re new album some parallels with Pixies. Pixies released comeback album Indie Cindy  in 2013 as 3 ep's. The 3 ep's made up the eventual album with no songs not already on ep's. I'm listening to this a lot these days and think it's more or less as good as anything the did in the past.

First Pixies lp in 23 years. I think it's pretty good, hardly any bad songs though some online Pixies fans disagree. General well received though some doubters. Maybe the  Rats will hold back some songs from the ep's and eventually release an album with some 'new' songs and some on those ep's.Still seems a  good way to test the water.

Pixies go the ep route and maybe that's the best thing to do. I think the album as work of art and statement etc is no longer what it used to be but maybe the Rats will overturn than cultural trend.smile



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http://bismarcktribune.com/entertainment/music/boomtown-rats-to-release-a-new-album-for-the-first/article_b186f460-d369-5ffc-9cdf-1708427cdf5d.html

In Dakota USA, the press talk of a 'whopping' 26 tracks. This would surely have to be a double album if issued on CD or vinyl and migrated to Mega?

Really hope this will be as good as the 77 to 80 stuff or as good as the best of the last 3 albums.



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I agree that albums perhaps lack the same resonance that they used to have. But I'm elated by the over-whelming national and music press interest a new Rats album has got. It must  have pleasantly surprised the band and management. 

 

I agree that 3 EP's would stretch out the possibilities for promotion and contribute to 3 separate pockets of interest with each release. As oppose to one big swell and then within a month the album promotion and release is done. 

 

My only concern is that by the time the 3rd new EP comes. it's less interesting the notion of new Rats music because people are accustomed to it again. And maybe the surprise buzz a new Rats album has generated is sensible to exploit.

 

Having said that, I'm so delighted at the prospect of new Rats music being released. And hopefully some small showcase gigs with the new tracks. 



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Lets hope we get clever, dark (but not humourless) pop songs featuring the narrative enthusiasm of Bob's singing, great piano/synth playing in the style of Johnny Fingers, superb guitar work, the consistently outstanding drumming of Simon Crowe, brattily fun backup vocals, and the best rock production we've heard since Surfacing or Tonic.



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So far Geldof has only  spoken briefly to the Mirror about new album and it's just the rest of them copying and pasting  the story. I suspect in the next few weeks we will hear a bit more, maybe some full music press interviews etc.

Maybe the gig in Cortona, Italy on 20 July might be a good time to unleash some of the new songs on the unsuspecting locals?smile



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Mark L wrote:

http://bismarcktribune.com/entertainment/music/boomtown-rats-to-release-a-new-album-for-the-first/article_b186f460-d369-5ffc-9cdf-1708427cdf5d.html

In Dakota USA, the press talk of a 'whopping' 26 tracks. This would surely have to be a double album if issued on CD or vinyl and migrated to Mega?

Really hope this will be as good as the 77 to 80 stuff or as good as the best of the last 3 albums.


 Geldof spoke before about a good album only needing ten tracks. For me going any higher than twelve tracks on an album just dilutes the overall effect. A good example of this is some of the Libertines and Babyshambles albums- too many dud tracks that need culling so the really good ones can stand out. Less is sometimes more in the case of music.

Anyway am slightly amused at the  notion of 'releasing' an album as there are hardly any places to sell them nowadays. Only one HMV branch in Dublin now. Used to have about four and a large Virgin 'Megastore' too,  gone the way of the dinasour.

Albums are probably 'released' onto Spotify and Deezer and YouTube though there are still quite a few vinyl outlets bucking the trend. I'm pretty sure the new Rats ep's will come out on vinyl and let's hope the can sell a few at any upcoming concert dates too.



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Copy and paste or not, they don't have to circulate it. I'm pleased it's circulating even if it's not original. 



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fcuk the eps just bring the album out



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I totally agree hurry up with the new stuff I'm having rats withdrawal symptoms

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I quite agree. I keep scouring the internet but nothing. Whilst doing this, I came across the Evening Standard 6th July announcement, (where the increasingly unhinged and out-for-revenge George Osborne works) stating that Mega will be the Rats first album since their first album In the long grass.

Well George did say an emergency budget would have to be passed in the event of a Leave vote due to an economic tsunami.

He'll be at home at the ES getting it spectacularly wrong then.



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Still being mixed I understand, so no firm release dates being touted at all. 



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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9_KiTGr3JCU

Still no firm release date from official sources.

Portuguese media reports at 4:45 that Mega is set to be released in November.



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Nice one Mark. Good to see old Suss farting about in the back ground



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Anyone heard anything regarding the new album as all,gone very quiet hope it still goes ahead we need some new rats tunes,!

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I can't find any updates on the internet. November is my best guess. 



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I know the market has changed alot down the years but I'd still be surprised to see anything that coincides with Christmas rush of greatest hits etc. I'd guess early next year even if it's ready as soon as November. 



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Releasing an album in January makes no sense to me.I am going for mid November.

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Can't see this coming out in Jan. Sure that's what happened to ITLG LP and that failed to set the charts alight  



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Itlg came out in november1984 As I bought it from the shop I worked at ( john menzies) in November (late November) just after Dave came out

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I do not remember getting ITLG until Jan 1985(but I could be wrong).



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Definitely 1984 as I got engagedon17\11\84 and it was my engagement present from my wife bought just after this date

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Cant imagine this new album anytime soon? Bands usually do some kind of promotional tour to highlight the album - and sell it at gigs and these tours are usually announced months in advance.

If it comes out, then a tour will be announced in February (when people have got over xmas expense), with dates being in October 2018. So, expect it then.....

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Cant imagine this new album anytime soon? Bands usually do some kind of promotional tour to highlight the album - and sell it at gigs and these tours are usually announced months in advance.

If it comes out, then a tour will be announced in February (when people have got over xmas expense), with dates being in October 2018. So, expect it then.....


 Last tantalizing update I read was on the Rats Facebook page back around 3 October. Someone ie a fan(not me) asked when the new album would be out and the official Rats response was 'the countdown has started'. That was the full reply.

Since then absolutely nothing. Either no news is good news or no news is the band being unsure about the new songs and the entire idea of releasing an album. Hope it's the former.

It would be nice to even see a few song titles or Geldof talking about the new songs. God be with the days when releasing an album was  a bands raison d'etre. Anyway I still hold out for something pretty decent to emerge, even though it's like drawing blood from a stone all this waiting and lack of real news. Yeah were only the fans after all.

Wonder what happened to all the talk of releasing a few ep's over the months. Or even one ep to start with?



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I must admite it bugs me how quiet it has all gone.I am suprised that the fb homepage does not come with some sort of news.Even if the album is delayed just tell us something.

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If it comes out, then a tour will be announced in February (when people have got over xmas expense), with dates being in October 2018. So, expect it then.....


I don't expect a UK tour.  It has been three years since the last one which had patchy sales (some good London & Cambridge, some not so good).  Most likely be some festival dates next summer.  Hopefully ones that don't get cancelled.  There was only one UK date in 2017.  There are some German dates scheduled for early 2018, but not 100% certain these will go ahead; two were postponed from March this year.

 



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Last tantalizing update I read was on the Rats Facebook page back around 3 October. Someone ie a fan(not me) asked when the new album would be out and the official Rats response was 'the countdown has started'. That was the full reply.

Since then absolutely nothing. Either no news is good news or no news is the band being unsure about the new songs and the entire idea of releasing an album. Hope it's the former.

It would be nice to even see a few song titles or Geldof talking about the new songs. God be with the days when releasing an album was  a bands raison d'etre. Anyway I still hold out for something pretty decent to emerge, even though it's like drawing blood from a stone all this waiting and lack of real news. Yeah were only the fans after all.

Wonder what happened to all the talk of releasing a few ep's over the months. Or even one ep to start with?


I guess the harsh reality is there aren't that many people interested, so unlikely to be much press about it.  Needs to find another festival crowd to insult before anyone will take notice.  

 



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Last tantalizing update I read was on the Rats Facebook page back around 3 October. Someone ie a fan(not me) asked when the new album would be out and the official Rats response was 'the countdown has started'. That was the full reply.

Since then absolutely nothing. Either no news is good news or no news is the band being unsure about the new songs and the entire idea of releasing an album. Hope it's the former.

It would be nice to even see a few song titles or Geldof talking about the new songs. God be with the days when releasing an album was  a bands raison d'etre. Anyway I still hold out for something pretty decent to emerge, even though it's like drawing blood from a stone all this waiting and lack of real news. Yeah were only the fans after all.

Wonder what happened to all the talk of releasing a few ep's over the months. Or even one ep to start with?


I guess the harsh reality is there aren't that many people interested, so unlikely to be much press about it.  Needs to find another festival crowd to insult before anyone will take notice.  

 


 There weren't that many people clamouring for them to reform in the first place, yet when they did they generally attracted an audience. Same with the new album. Release a few good singles than might earn some radio play and tv apearances and seee what happens.

I can think of so many artists who just write and release albums and they are not particularly interested in whether they have an audience or not.The Rats  have a high enough profile compared to some of the indie acts I follow to be able to make an album and get some publicity. It's just a pity that wait is so long and  drawn out, with almost no info from management or the band themselves.



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ArrGee wrote:
Noel wrote:

Last tantalizing update I read was on the Rats Facebook page back around 3 October. Someone ie a fan(not me) asked when the new album would be out and the official Rats response was 'the countdown has started'. That was the full reply.

Since then absolutely nothing. Either no news is good news or no news is the band being unsure about the new songs and the entire idea of releasing an album. Hope it's the former.

It would be nice to even see a few song titles or Geldof talking about the new songs. God be with the days when releasing an album was  a bands raison d'etre. Anyway I still hold out for something pretty decent to emerge, even though it's like drawing blood from a stone all this waiting and lack of real news. Yeah were only the fans after all.

Wonder what happened to all the talk of releasing a few ep's over the months. Or even one ep to start with?


I guess the harsh reality is there aren't that many people interested, so unlikely to be much press about it.  Needs to find another festival crowd to insult before anyone will take notice.  

 


 

Or maybe a little Court case in the Spring of 2018 will generate interest? 

Am I being too cynical? 



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Or maybe a little Court case in the Spring of 2018 will generate interest? 

Am I being too cynical? 


Whatever. Only bad publicity is no publicity. 

That said it is unlikely Fingers will go to court; probably all get settled quietly.



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Noel wrote:
I can think of so many artists who just write and release albums and they are not particularly interested in whether they have an audience or not.The Rats  have a high enough profile compared to some of the indie acts I follow to be able to make an album and get some publicity. It's just a pity that wait is so long and  drawn out, with almost no info from management or the band themselves.

Me too.  Paul Weller still knocks out an LP every two or three years.  But given they all go top ten (4 #1, 6 #2 plus three others), he does have an audience as well.

 



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ArrGee wrote:
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Or maybe a little Court case in the Spring of 2018 will generate interest? 

Am I being too cynical? 


Whatever. Only bad publicity is no publicity. 

That said it is unlikely Fingers will go to court; probably all get settled quietly.


 Yes exactly. 

 



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Just got of facebook and a person within the band has said next year and the band are working hard on the new albumbiggrin.



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Thanks Derek....just have to be patient then?

Let's hope for a Spring release. 



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Hopefully its earlier rather than later still worth waiting for though

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Yes it's really happening. Snippet about new album from new interview with the Belfast Telegraph:

Performing is what I like doing, he explained. I do lots of things but the things in my life that I like are playing live thats it. Weve just made a new album and done a big deal with BMG, which is cool. The album is a work of genius, obviouslysmilesmilesmile



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With regards to his new 26-track album, Mega, their first since 1984s In The Long Grass, he said it would have a different sound.

Its an articulation of whats going on inside of my life, he added. Weve done 26 songs and I made a solo record in the middle of the year. I go into a different headspace when I do stuff with the Rats.

Just another snippet from Belfast Telegraph. Interesting that he says he has made a solo album in the middle of last year. Anyway it should be  a busy summer and Geldof sounds as enthusiastic as ever.



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Definitely going to be a busy year. No mention of the Rats yet on the BMG site though and in an interview with the Irish Times, there is an indication Mega will not see the light of day until September 2018. This might mean they will go with the solo album first and then in line with the 40th anniversary of Rat Trap, possibly go with an autumn tour and Rats album release?



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I am with Mark L on this one.Think we will see a lot of stuff going on from about September.Lets hope MEGA is really Mega.

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Derek The Dane wrote:

Lets hope MEGA is really Mega.


More like Chinese Democracy given how long it is taking. 

I still bet it isn't called Mega.  

Though this is http://www.argos.co.uk/product/7307500

 

7307500_R_Z001A?$Web$&$DefaultPDP570$



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I just spoke with BMG in Paddington. They say it is Mega but 'there is no certified release date yet. Keep checking social media'



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Just looked at BMGs homepage and the Boomtown Rats are not to be found.

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Let's hope its not ain the long grass scenario with release date moved abut lots of times

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Bob on Graham Norton now (Radio 2). Interview follows This is the World Calling (now playing). Whether there will an album update remains to be heard. Will update. Catch Up will also have this. No point listening until two and a half hours in. Unless you're otherwise interested.



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Not much about the album. He confirmed 'the big deal' with BMG and that the album will not only be called Mega but it will be mega!

Rat Trap was also played on the show.

Poetry, Band Aid and Bobby Boomtown were discussed as was the initial '86 split, which he described as creatively difficult but intellectually he understood people had moved on, as the likes of Spandau, U2 and Duran moved in.



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Bob has just been on the Dave Fanning Radio show, saying the new album will be held until January to avoid the album getting lost in the Christmas launches.

He is also talks about the Yeats DVD/CD launch and Pete's music thereon. Marley Park gig mentioned too.

Listen back here 2fm.rte.ie/2fm-shows/dave-fanning/

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Bob has just been on the Dave Fanning Radio show, saying the new album will be held until January to avoid the album getting lost in the Christmas launches.

He is also talks about the Yeats DVD/CD launch and Pete's music thereon. Marley Park gig mentioned too.

Listen back here 2fm.rte.ie/2fm-shows/dave-fanning/


 Thanks for the heads up. Tempted to ask whether we have already waited long enough for the album but he does seem definite about the January 2019 release date. Interestingly he does say that he wants it to be called Mega which again suggests that mystic ArrGee of this parish will be proved correct when he predicts it will not be so titled. 



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Bob has just been on the Dave Fanning Radio show, saying the new album will be held until January to avoid the album getting lost in the Christmas launches.

He is also talks about the Yeats DVD/CD launch and Pete's music thereon. Marley Park gig mentioned too.

Listen back here 2fm.rte.ie/2fm-shows/dave-fanning/


 Thanks for the heads up. Tempted to ask whether we have already waited long enough for the album but he does seem definite about the January 2019 release date. Interestingly he does say that he wants it to be called Mega which again suggests that mystic ArrGee of this parish will be proved correct when he predicts it will not be so titled. 


 Re 'album getting lost in Christmas launches' this seems a lame excuse. Isn't it more likely that fans may buy a few copies to give to friends as a Christmas  gift. After Christmas people generally are broke. Anyway the trend is for more and more people to listen to music on streaming services like Spotify and Deezer etc. Distribution and availability will not be an issue for the majority of people around the world that want to hear the album.

The good side of this, however, is that if the album is released in 2019 then we will have another year of the Rats being back together, something that a few short years ago we could only have  dreamed of. If the album was up and ready to go now then surely it would sell at the gigs planned for this summer. Surely there is  enough goodwill generated by the band at their live gigs over the last few years for people to pay around a tenner, be it  euros or pounds, for the new album. It's sort of a captive market in that at a live gig the fans are there and 'up for it'.

Anyway what ever happened to Geldof's idea about putting out some of the songs on an ep or two? Maybe the songs  aren't really that good. I suspect that if the were then why a delay for another nine months. Perhaps it's easier to plan a tour for after Christmas/into the new year as the latter part of the year is usually a busy time for live music with a lot of venues being booked out before Christmas.

At this stage I'd just like to hear the bloody thing, one way or another, rather than this endless stringalong. Why not put a demo or two up on Facebook and at least give us some clue as to the new songs?



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Noel wrote:
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Bob has just been on the Dave Fanning Radio show, saying the new album will be held until January to avoid the album getting lost in the Christmas launches. 


Interestingly he does say that he wants it to be called Mega which again suggests that mystic ArrGee of this parish will be proved correct when he predicts it will not be so titled. 


 Re 'album getting lost in Christmas launches' this seems a lame excuse. Isn't it more likely that fans may buy a few copies to give to friends as a Christmas  gift. 

The good side of this, however, is that if the album is released in 2019 then we will have another year of the Rats being back together, something that a few short years ago we could only have  dreamed of. If the album was up and ready to go now then surely it would sell at the gigs planned for this summer. Surely there is  enough goodwill generated by the band at their live gigs over the last few years for people to pay around a tenner, be it  euros or pounds, for the new album. It's sort of a captive market in that at a live gig the fans are there and 'up for it'.

Anyway what ever happened to Geldof's idea about putting out some of the songs on an ep or two? Maybe the songs  aren't really that good. I suspect that if the were then why a delay for another nine months. Perhaps it's easier to plan a tour for after Christmas/into the new year as the latter part of the year is usually a busy time for live music with a lot of venues being booked out before Christmas.

At this stage I'd just like to hear the bloody thing, one way or another, rather than this endless stringalong. Why not put a demo or two up on Facebook and at least give us some clue as to the new songs?


A bit surprised it is pushed out to 2019 when the original talk was of Autumn 2017.

Can't see the album being called MEGA.  Smacks of arrogance and you can bet a pound to a penny every review will just say it's not MEGA and not bother to give it a proper review.  

Totally agree about the pre-Yule release.  It is the best time to release an LP.  I got Fine Art of Surfacing as a present in 1979.  Mondo Bongo didn't benefit from its January release.  Maybe another RATSH!TS album is in the pipeline.

I suspect a few dates in early 2019 IF (a big IF) it is actually released in January.  Personally I would have thought it would make more sense to release it ahead of festival season and then follow up with an Autumn tour, so I suspect it will be more like April 2019.

I would love to hear an LP by the re-formed Rats, but I think the time to do that was in the after Isle of Wight and ahead of the 2014 tour.  Since then they have been a festival band mostly at piss poor 1980s revivals with one off gigs like Dublin in late 2015, which was the last time I saw them.   I suspect the 2018 summer dates won't be much different from what has gone before.    All the excitement of 2013 has dissipated for me. 



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Some of the excitement has evaporated for me but not all of it. It's just so drawn out. At this rate, the second incarnation of the Boomtown Rats will last as long as the first which for most people was 9 years (few would have encountered them in the summer of 76).



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...the second incarnation of the Boomtown Rats will last as long as the first which for most people was 9 years

If you include The Barton Rats and The Bradbury Rats it is almost as long.

The first Rats -  31 Oct 1975 (Bolton Street) - 17 May 1986 (RDS) 

The new Rats -  25 July 2008 (Pig Nose Inn) - present

 



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ArrGee wrote:
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...the second incarnation of the Boomtown Rats will last as long as the first which for most people was 9 years

If you include The Barton Rats and The Bradbury Rats it is almost as long.

The first Rats -  31 Oct 1975 (Bolton Street) - 17 May 1986 (RDS) 

The new Rats -  25 July 2008 (Pig Nose Inn) - present

 


 I wonder which might happen first, Brexit or the release of 'Mega'? 



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Let's hope it happens pity they couldn't release something in the meantime (besides compilation perhaps). Still just got to be patient we lost them n 1986 so when they came back in2013 it was a bonus for us fans

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Hear hear Mike 



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I am a bit puzzled why they ain't releasing the album. It appears to have been recorded. According to the interview with The Irish News they don't expect anyone but the current fan base to listen to it or buy it. They are doing 11 festival dates or so this summer. They have people turning up, most in their 50s who probably would think nothing of spending £20-£30 on an LP or £10-£15 on a CD. Even the Ratsh!t ep sold out at the gigs. If there are 26 songs they could do a U2 and release one LP this year and another next year. Maybe they want to test the songs on an audience, but their latest gig had no new songs. If they think it is good and there are three or four singles on it then why not air them?

None of it makes any sense.

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ArrGee wrote:

I am a bit puzzled why they ain't releasing the album. It appears to have been recorded. According to the interview with The Irish News they don't expect anyone but the current fan base to listen to it or buy it. They are doing 11 festival dates or so this summer. They have people turning up, most in their 50s who probably would think nothing of spending £20-£30 on an LP or £10-£15 on a CD. Even the Ratsh!t ep sold out at the gigs. If there are 26 songs they could do a U2 and release one LP this year and another next year. Maybe they want to test the songs on an audience, but their latest gig had no new songs. If they think it is good and there are three or four singles on it then why not air them?

None of it makes any sense.


 Maybe they're doing a semi official 40th Anniversary of Tonic this summer, climaxing in autumn anniversary of Rat Trap first  number one and leaving the new album until early 2019. Then summer 2019 is 40th anniversary of Surfacing/Mondays number one.

Geldricks cunning plan is to sandwich the new album between two sure fire hit anniversary dates.

PS My brain may be affected adversely by very hot weather these last few days in Dublinsmile



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Noel wrote:
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I am a bit puzzled why they ain't releasing the album. It appears to have been recorded. According to the interview with The Irish News they don't expect anyone but the current fan base to listen to it or buy it. They are doing 11 festival dates or so this summer. They have people turning up, most in their 50s who probably would think nothing of spending £20-£30 on an LP or £10-£15 on a CD. Even the Ratsh!t ep sold out at the gigs. If there are 26 songs they could do a U2 and release one LP this year and another next year. Maybe they want to test the songs on an audience, but their latest gig had no new songs. If they think it is good and there are three or four singles on it then why not air them?

None of it makes any sense.


 Maybe they're doing a semi official 40th Anniversary of Tonic this summer, climaxing in autumn anniversary of Rat Trap first  number one and leaving the new album until early 2019. Then summer 2019 is 40th anniversary of Surfacing/Mondays number one.

Geldricks cunning plan is to sandwich the new album between two sure fire hit anniversary dates.

PS My brain may be affected adversely by very hot weather these last few days in Dublinsmile


Must be very hot in Dublin    Anyway looks like wall to wall rain this weekend for my trip to Thurles. Tipping down in Tipp!

The Rats just about did something for 40 years since forming so don't think there will be too much tonic this summer.   

I did note The Damned had their first top ten LP ever with Evil Spirits back in April,  which was preceded by a 17 date tour in January/February.  Maybe there is a similar plan in place for the Rats. [I doubt it]



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ArrGee wrote:
Noel wrote:
ArrGee wrote:

I am a bit puzzled why they ain't releasing the album. It appears to have been recorded. According to the interview with The Irish News they don't expect anyone but the current fan base to listen to it or buy it. They are doing 11 festival dates or so this summer. They have people turning up, most in their 50s who probably would think nothing of spending £20-£30 on an LP or £10-£15 on a CD. Even the Ratsh!t ep sold out at the gigs. If there are 26 songs they could do a U2 and release one LP this year and another next year. Maybe they want to test the songs on an audience, but their latest gig had no new songs. If they think it is good and there are three or four singles on it then why not air them?

None of it makes any sense.


 Maybe they're doing a semi official 40th Anniversary of Tonic this summer, climaxing in autumn anniversary of Rat Trap first  number one and leaving the new album until early 2019. Then summer 2019 is 40th anniversary of Surfacing/Mondays number one.

Geldricks cunning plan is to sandwich the new album between two sure fire hit anniversary dates.

PS My brain may be affected adversely by very hot weather these last few days in Dublinsmile


Must be very hot in Dublin    Anyway looks like wall to wall rain this weekend for my trip to Thurles. Tipping down in Tipp!

The Rats just about did something for 40 years since forming so don't think there will be too much tonic this summer.   

I did note The Damned had their first top ten LP ever with Evil Spirits back in April,  which was preceded by a 17 date tour in January/February.  Maybe there is a similar plan in place for the Rats. [I doubt it]


Hey it's still hot in Dublin today Wednesday and the south-east/midlands generally are hotter than on the coast so bring yer sun lotlion (and brolly) and wear a nice black and amber striped shirt like this one...smile



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Still nothing listed on BMGs webpage about the Boomtown Rats.Nothing Happened Today is all the rage.

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If this album is just for the fans Then I see no reason for the delay 



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