‘Travel safely Gaz. Thank you mate for everything’ – Boomtown Rats pay their respects as guitarist Garry Roberts dies

Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof and other band members paid tribute to the band’s founding member Garry Roberts, who passed away this morning at the age of 68.

On social media today, the band said: “It is with great sadness that the members of The Boomtown Rats announce the death this morning of Garry Roberts, their friend and guitarist.

“The rest of the band, Pete, Bob and Simon, send their deepest sympathies to his family and friends. On a clear spring evening in 1975, in a pub in Dún. Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Garry became a founding member of what has turned into a great rock’n’roll band, fueled in large part by that sound of his, a perceived noise storm is the giant emanating from his overdrive amplifiers; and animating not only the rest of the group but the audience he plays around in the world.For fans, he’s The Legend – and he is. To us, he is the Gazer who sums up the sense of who The Rats are,” the statement read.

“We’ve known Garry since we were kids and so we feel alienated without him tonight.

The statement was signed by the band’s founding members Bob Geldof, Pete Briquette and Simon Crowe.

Hot Press editor Niall Stokes also paid tribute to the musician, describing him as “every inch a rock roller” and his death as “a very sad day for Irish music.”

“Boomtown Rats made a great sound and it was Garry’s guitar that drove it,” says Stokes.

“He’s a good musician, but he’s also the embodiment of the rock spirit. He loved being in a band – and more than that being in a hugely successful band changed everything. music landscape in Ireland.

“The amazing and incredibly rapid success of The Rats from 1977 onward made it possible for Irish musicians to dream big – leading to the success of U2, and all the bands and artists that followed them.”

Stokes continued: “Garry, and his guitar playing, were central to that success – this came to death when the band’s single Rat Trap hit No.1 in the UK, in 1978. – pushed John Travolta and Olivia Newton John’s Summer Nights to the top of the UK charts.

“I haven’t spoken to Garry in a while, but I’m really excited to have the opportunity to speak with him again, when he’s in town with The Boomtown Rats, for the Late Late Show special. Bob Geldof’s 70th Birthday Celebration. He was in really good form that night and would love to be back in the game with Bob and the boys.

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“It is a very sad day for Irish music – and for all who love The Boomtown Rats, and who understand and appreciate what they have achieved for this country culturally and music.”

Roberts was one of the founding members of the group and is credited with helping them establish the Boomtown Rats’ name.

He is said to have threatened to quit unless they changed their name from The Nightlife Thugs.

Their new name was chosen by Geldof after he read the phrase from US protest singer Woody Guthrie’s autobiography, Bound for Glory.

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/music-news/safe-travels-gaz-thanks-for-everything-mate-boomtown-rats-pay-tribute-as-guitarist-garry-roberts-passes-away-42132225.html ‘Travel safely Gaz. Thank you mate for everything’ – Boomtown Rats pay their respects as guitarist Garry Roberts dies

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