Bob Geldof on world peace, Band Aid, music, fame, the Nobel Peace Prize, politics and the potential for Ireland.
Bob Geldof is in Dublin to address the World Food Day Seminar in the Berkley Court Hotel and to receive a gold medal from the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations. The medal was presented by the Taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald.
Following the ceremony he spoke to Evening Extra about world peace, Band Aid, making music, the media, the Nobel Peace Prize and the state of Irish politics.
Bob Geldof explains why he does not believe world peace is possible. Since the beginning of time there has been conflict and while he may not believe it is possible, it will not stop him from striving for peace.
I’m not a pacifist, I never was. I don’t believe in peace either.
He is still involved in Band Aid as the chairman of the board of trustees but says he derives no sense of satisfaction from it. Making music remains his passion. He sees Band Aid as something he must do rather than wants to do. He acknowledges that Band Aid would not have happened if he had not had been a pop star. He believes he can continue to do both as nobody is one-dimensional.
Your life can involve several strands.
Having a level of fame where he is now to some extent public property Bob Geldof says is part of the job. He feels he should be available to people who have placed their trust in him. He does however have a problem with how sections of the media make up stories about his life.
Having been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Bob Geldof is not at all disappointed that he did not win it. For him, it is something that happens outside of his control and while flattering, it is not something he had ever aspired to win.
On the subject of Ireland, he believes the country has huge potential and yet to a large extent it behaves like a third-world country.
This episode of 'Evening Extra’ was broadcast on 16 October 1986. The reporter is Richard Crowley.
'Evening Extra' was a nightly magazine programme which ran from Monday to Friday at 7 pm dealing with current issues and people in the news. The first episode was aired on Monday 13 October 1986 and it ran for 278 shows over 2 years until the final show on 29 April 1988. The programme had numerous presenters and reporters including Siobhan Cleary, Richard Crowley, Bibi Baskin, Aonghus McAnally and Shay Healy.