POP­U­LAR CUL­TURE

Join the club! The icons of 80s pop, free­dom and love are hit­ting the Gold Coast for the first time in a long time ... and they’ve still got it

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - CAMERON ADAMS

Many stars em­ploy staff to han­dle their so­cial me­dia. Not Boy Ge­orge. Boy Ge­orge is a mas­ter of Twit­ter. As in real life, he can be both charm­ing and cut­ting and has a zero tol­er­ance for ho­mo­pho­bia or bad be­haviour.

“I’m quite swift at get­ting rid of peo­ple who are an­noy­ing on Twit­ter,” he says. “I just mute them.”

His mute but­ton has had a heavy work­out this year af­ter re­con­nect­ing with UK au­di­ences via a judg­ing role on The Voice. He also filmed the US ver­sion of Celebrity

Ap­pren­tice, all part of a mas­ter­plan to re­mind peo­ple he’s still around and still mak­ing mu­sic.

Ge­orge says the band looks for­ward to play­ing their hits such as Karma Chameleon, Church Of the Poi­son Mind, Miss Me Blind, It’s a Mir­a­cle, I’ll Tum­ble 4 Ya and Do You Re­ally Want to Hurt Me?

“Most peo­ple don’t have that many hits to play,” the 54-year-old singer says.

Sober for eight years, Ge­orge has never been health­ier. He doesn’t drink or smoke, there’s no meat or su­gar in his diet and his Twit­ter feed is of­ten full of healthy recipes. He’s a Bud­dhist and cringes when his heroin ad­dic­tion or prison sen­tence for false im­pris­on­ment are re­ferred to.

“I just feel like my au­di­ence, the peo­ple who love me, get me and know me. They’ll see through any kind of head­line.”

Af­ter 2013’s solo al­bum This Is What I Do, Ge­orge re­united with Cul­ture Club once again to record a new al­bum, Tribes. The band presold the al­bum (which will be their sixth since 1982’s de­but Kiss­ing To Be Clever) to fans through a Pledge mu­sic cam­paign, yet it re­mains un­re­leased two years later.

“It’ll come out when it’s the right time. Most peo­ple are cool about it. At the mo­ment we’re con­cen­trat­ing on the live shows. It’s much more fun to come and see us live.”

The mak­ing of Tribes in Spain in 2014 was cap­tured by doc­u­men­tary From Karma To Calamity. It showed Ge­orge clash­ing with gui­tarist Roy Hay and re­vis­ited the se­cret re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ge­orge and drum­mer Jon Moss, which fu­elled the drama in Cul­ture Club dur­ing the 1980s.

“We are like a fam­ily. I’ve al­ways de­scribed be­ing in Cul­ture Club as like go­ing home for Christ­mas ... those old is­sues and com­pli­ca­tions rear their heads. We ar­gue but we also have a lot of fun.”

Cul­ture Club, Jupiters Gold Coast, De­cem­ber 6. Tick­ets on sale now.

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