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
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.