Bob Geldof Captures 25 Years in One-Hour SXSW Set,

He was dressed appropriately for St. Patrick’s Day. In a gray and green incandescent suit (sans the black and white polka dot shirt beneath), Bob Geldof, who just eight hours earlier gave his keynote speech at SXSW, performed a special March 17 concert at the ACL Live at the Moody Theater.

His wispy, gray bangs failing over his face, the Irish rocker and humanitarian brought his seven-man band, complete with all the bells and whistles — including a violin player wearing a white fishnet shirt — to the show. He opened with a very festive rendition of single ‘The Great Song of Indifference,’ a track from his earlier catalog of 1990. But Geldof wasn’t forgetting newer tunes off his just-released album, ‘How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell,’ — which, coincidentally, was the title of the panel he conducted earlier in the day.

Calling rock ‘n’ roll “America’s great cultural gift to the world,” Geldof said, pleading for more respect for the music industry during the panel. “The future might not be ours, but it’s our job to shape it … through music.

“F— great sound. It’s only great sound when it expresses the writer’s intent.” Read More


~ by Tina Benitez-Eves on March 18, 2011.

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