By Shelley Marsden
Bob Geldof clearly won’t be adding his name to those calling for Manchester to erect a memorial for one if its most famous music men, Tony Wilson.
The humanitarian campaigner, who is in training for a trip into space, knew the music impresario but wasn’t a big fan of the late founder of now defunct legendary club, The Hacienda.
He said: “He was very vain. He’s in a great tradition of those kind of guys like Andrew Loog Oldham with the Stones, Malcolm McLaren with the Pistols. The articulate extravagant, egocentric type.”
Commenting on calls to have a street named after Wilson, who died in 2007, Geldof told Manchester Evening News: “I think a scummy back alley should be named after him. That’s how he would appreciate being remembered.”
Geldof, who is currently on tour with his band of old, The Boomtown Rats, also shared a strange incident which happened last time he was in Manchester as he came out of a gig: “This guy said: ‘Bob, Bob can I have your autograph?’. I looked at him and there was blood pouring out of his head and I said: ‘What’s wrong with you?’
“He said: ‘Nothing, nothing, can I have your autograph?’ There was an axe sticking out of his head. I said: ‘Get in the car’ and took him to hospital.”
Anthony Howard “Tony” Wilson (20 February 1950 – 10 August 2007) was an English record label owner, radio and television presenter, nightclub manager, impresario and journalist for Granada Television and the BBC.
Wilson was the music mogul behind some of Manchester’s most successful bands, most famously Joy Division and New Order. Steve Coogan played him in Michael Winterbottom’s 2002 film 24 Hour Party People, and Craig Parkinson took on the role in Anton Corbijn’s 2007 film Control.