Sunday, January 30, 2011
Culture Club to reunite
From ew, After recent hinting in the press, Boy George confirms: Culture Club will reunite next year.
The singer, 49, also promises a "proper huge worldwide tour" starring the iconic '80s hitmakers. The announcement comes during the run-up to the release of his solo album 'Ordinary Alien,' partly written while he served four months in prison for the assault and false imprisonment of a male escort.
Responding to a question about a Culture Club reunion, sent to the BBC's 'Breakfast' show late last week by celebrity fan Mark Ronson (a top producer in the industry, and brother of Lindsay Lohan's ex, Samantha Ronson), Boy George replied: "We are getting back together. Next year. This year [I'm touring] on my own. It's kind of a precursor for what I'm doing with Culture Club in 2012. We'll be doing a proper huge worldwide tour. And a new album."
The reunion falls on the band's 30th anniversary. They nearly hit the road together in 2006, when original bandmates Mikey Craig and Jon Moss announced a Culture Club comeback, but their flamboyant frontman declined to sign on, and plans were soon scrapped.
"I kind of use my writing like a diary, so I write about things that are very personal to me, things that I've experienced, things that have affected me and that I feel strongly about," Boy George (born George Alan O'Dowd) has said about growing as an artist during his 2009 imprisonment. "I've surprised myself, really with my resilience. Yes [prison] did happen, but it feels so long ago now."