Leader of the Boomtown Rats who sang "I Don't Like Mondays" and "Rat Trap" and who helped found the Band Aid supergroup. In 2017, he ventured into the food industry when his company purchased Beloxxi cream crackers, a Nigerian cookie company.
He was bullied as a child because he was not good at rugby. Later on, he worked as a music journalist in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.
He was granted a Man of Peace title by Queen Elizabeth II.
He starred in the 1982 Pink Floyd musical movie The Wall, which was written by Pink Floyd singer and bassist Roger Waters.