SIR Bob Geldof has rubbished reports he was high on cocaine while he organised charity event Band Aid in 1984.

Gelfof, who co-founded the phenomenally-successful fundraiser alongside Midge Ure, was suffering from such intense back pain he admits he would have indulged in the illegal substance if some had been offered to him.

Instead, the former Boomtown Rat credits a back massage David Bowie gave him as the best high he received.

When asked whether he was under the influence of cocaine, Geldof said, "I certainly wasn't offered any.

"If I had been I'd have taken it because I was in agony with my back.

"Bowie gave me a massage, which I have to say is the best I have ever had."

09/01/2005 14:51