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Bob Geldof brands Radio 1 "a problem" ahead of an appearance at county's Wychwood Festival

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 25, 2014

By Jonathan Whiley

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Bob Geldof has taken a swipe at Radio 1 - branding the station "a problem" - ahead of an appearance at Cheltenham's Wychwood Festival.

The 62-year-old told WEEKEND magazine: "Not one of my daughters listens to Radio 1 and that’s not because of their dad and his opinions – it’s because it’s not where music is at.

“They look on the web or elsewhere. Radio 1 is definitely a problem again.

“They’re supposed to be cultural leaders rather than followers, but it’s just the same endless stuff.

“Hip hop from 25 years ago, it’s the same great tunes but there’s nothing behind it.

“It’s very old and very tired. Dave Lee Travis should have been on trial for crimes to music rather than anything else.”

Clearly his gripes with Radio 1 date back some years – a time perhaps when the Boomtown Rats didn’t get the airplay he hoped for.

“They were very narrow focused,” he says. “They did not have a clue. They thought the Bay City Rollers was where it was at.

“Lou Reed and Slade and that wall of sound was where it was at – they added real value to music.”

Bob spoke to WEEKEND three weeks before the death of his daughter Peaches.

He is scheduled to play at Wychwood Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse next weekend.

In the interview, inside the Echo and Citizen, he also spoke about the power of songwriting and how it has changed.

“I wouldn’t have found fame without the songs,” he says.

“X-Factor is fantastic TV but it is nothing to do with music.

“If a 50-year-old Tesco checkout worker can make a better life for themselves then great, f*** yeah absolutely or a 17-year-old with an amazing voice who can belt out a song and get a public reaction. But it’s pantomime emotion.

“When Roberta Flack sang First Time I Ever Saw Your Face she was able to blow everyone away because she just got it.”

Read the full interview in WEEKEND magazine inside the Echo and Citizen.

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