The music world rejoiced with the news that one of the biggest ‘80s pop groups Boy George and the Culture Club have reunited for a major concert tour. Fans this side of the world, meanwhile, are in for even better news as a local production company announced it secured a Manila stop for one of the most famous acts of the said decade.
Just before the weekend, Royale Chimes Concert and Events Inc. revealed that a two-night stint for Boy George and the Culture Club has been blocked off at the Araneta Coliseum on June 17 and 18.
Formed in 1981 in London, Culture Club is known for smash hits “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?,” “Time (Clock of the Heart),” “Karma Chameleon,” “Miss Me Blind,” “The War Song,” “Love is Love,” among other chart-toppers. The group achieved worldwide success in the ‘80s, scoring three Top 10 US hits from their debut album, Kissing to Be Clever, and becoming the first group to hit that milestone since the Beatles.
Comprised of Boy George (lead vocals), Jon Moss (drums), Mikey Craig (bassist) and Roy Hay (guitar), Culture Club rode a wave of pop hits and sold more than 10 million copies of their album Colour By Numbers and captured the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. The said album is included in Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the decade.
The band broke up in 1986 and got back together in 1998. Their last album, Don’t Mind If I Do, was released in 1999. In November 2014 the band released “More Than Silence,” their first single from their upcoming album called Tribes, expected for release this year.
“There wouldn’t be any point in doing it if it wasn’t everybody. I think when bands try to come together and they got like a different singer or a different drummer, it’s never quite the same. There’s a kind of magic about those four people that created the band,” said the flamboyant Boy George about Culture Club’s reunion.
After all these years, Culture Club has not missed a beat. The group kicked off with their world tour in 2015 and their fans are really happy to see them back on stage.
Boy George, who is now regularly seen as a judge in The Voice UK, is excited to perform for their Filipino fans. He expects it to be one big party and a celebration of one’s individuality.
George said, “We’re rewriting the story of Culture Club. This concert tour will be a new chapter and will definitely be part of the band’s history. And we’d like all our supporters, fans, and everyone to be part of that story.”
Tickets are now on sale via Ticketnet.