Sir Bob Geldof with a Gibson J-45 AcousticGibson: You are one of the world's most high-profile and respected campaigners, having produced the most influential, memorable, and inspiring pop concerts in modern times: Live Aid and Live 8. How do you beat that?

Sir Bob Geldof: You don’t.

Gibson: Over and above global awareness for the Make Poverty History campaign, were you content with the outcome of Live 8 following the G8 summit in reducing Global poverty in Africa?

Geldof: I am not really interested in “awareness” practical, pragmatic political solutions is my game. 20 million children are in school, 350 million people are free of debt because of Live 8. That’s a good start but they promised more and we will pursue that.

Gibson: You have most recently recorded two tracks on the upcoming Jools Holland collaboration album “Moving Out to the Country” they are "For The Good Times" and "The Pilgrim." How did this come about?

Geldof: He’s my mate. He said “will you” I said yes. I love good country.

Gibson: Your last studio album Sex, Age & Death came out in 2001 to great acclaim, are you planning a new studio album for 2008 and a tour?

Geldof: Maybe. Don’t know, if it feels right.

Gibson: You recently took receipt of a Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar [pictured]. Will you be using it to record or tour with in the months ahead?

Geldof: Absolutely, my favourite. I love them, they’re beautiful. A proper serious guitar.

Gibson: How many Gibson guitars do you own, and which is your favourite?

Geldof:  Lots, the Gibson J-45 acoustic is my favourite guitar. I have four in different states of disrepair, but I can’t throw them out. Old friends are precious.

Gibson: You left The Boomtown Rats back in 1982 after releasing six studio albums. The Best of The Boomtown Rats is out now. Is there a possibility of a Boomtown Rats reunion, new album or tour?

Geldof: No.

Gibson: You have a very busy corporate speaking schedule and have several media business interests including your entertainment and marketing company Ten Alps Communications. Would you ever return to radio following your time at Xfm?

Geldof: Only a station playing absolutely new music. Sometimes I need to get lost in new ideas. I love music that excites my brain, my heart, my soul, then maybe...

Gibson: You have worked with almost every major international artist over the years to support your great charity work, such as Bono, Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, and Pink Floyd, to name a few. Is there any new artist you would like to work with?

Geldof: Yeah, quite a few..

Gibson: What has been one of the highlights of your musical or campaigning career?

Geldof: “Looking After Number 1” and entering the U.K. charts at No. 17. Unimaginable!

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