Garry Roberts’ fans are still mourning after his shocking death recently and many people have been recalling the singer’s great contribution to Boomtown Rats back when he was still a member; take a look at some of the remarkable songs by the Irish rock band.
The group confirmed the guitarist’s passing in an Instagram post, saying their members Pete, Bob, and Simon extend their deepest sympathy to the musician’s family and friends.
As of this writing, Roberts’ cause of death has not been publicized.
Boomtown Rats Classic Hits Through the Years
‘I Don’t Like Mondays’
According to Classic Rock History, the song is considered to be Boomtown Rats’ most popular song. Regarding its origin, the track was reportedly based on a school shooting that took place in California.
It was a part of the group’s third studio album “The Fine Art of Surfacing.” Even though it became one of the United Kingdom’s biggest songs at the time as it hit number one, it only placed 73 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
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‘She’s So Modern’
Hailing from their record “A Tonic For The Troops,” the track featured almost all of its members throughout the song.
Being the frontman of the group, Bob Geldof was the lead vocalist of the song accompanied by Pete Briquette’s smooth bass, Gerry Cott’s guitar riffs, and Johnnie Fingers’ melodic keyboard.
Garry Roberts contributed to the song’s guitar and vocals. The track also featured a memorable saxophone sound by Alan Holmes.
‘Back To Boomtown’
Released almost a decade ago, the song became an instant hit to their fans as it was a part of their first project in 30 years when they decided to make a comeback in 2013.
The techno track was a part of the “greatest hits” CD with two brand new songs along with “The Boom Town Rats.”
Garry Roberts Death
On a social media post, Roberts’ bandmates described him as the one who “summed up the sense” of who the group is.
They recalled an incident decades ago, detailing how he became the founding member of one of the biggest rock bands in history.
The musician was in a pub in Dun Laoghaire in Dublin back in 1975 when he played a “storm of massive noise that blasted out from amplifiers.”
“We have known Garry since we were children and so we feel strangely adrift without him tonight,” they wrote.
The statement was signed by surviving members Bob Geldof, Simon Crowe, and Pete Briquette.
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