Boy George - Boy George And Marc Almond Play Tribute Concert For Marc Bolan

Boy George and Marc Almond took to the stage in London on Saturday night (15Sep12) to mark 35 years since the death of T-Rex frontman Marc Bolan.
The Culture Club frontman performed at the Marc Bolan 35th Memorial Concert at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in the British capital almost 35 years to the day since the singer was killed in a car accident on 16 September, 1977 at the age of 29.
Boy George sang with T-Rex tribute band T Rextasy, while Soft Cell's Almond and veteran pop star Sandie Shaw also performed some of the band's most famous songs.
The evening also included a cameo appearance on stage from T-Rex drummer Bill Legend, the only surviving member of the popular glam rock group.


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Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Preview 4239679 Reviews

With just hours until thousands of people flock to Portsmouth and Southampton for their annual ferry trip to the Isle of Wight Festival, it's time to look ahead to the first big event in the summer festival calendar.

Twelve years since the festival was resurrected, organiser John Giddings has steered Isle of Wight from strength to strength. With around 60,000 punters travelling to the Island, it's not just Seaclose Park that's transformed for the weekend, there's a real community spirit that's evident as buses wind their way towards the festival site. Past years have seen a surprise appearance from Kanye West for Jay-Z's headline set, rock royalty like Jagger, McCartney and Neil Young take to the main stage, and bands such as the Foo Fighters casually chatting to fans on the car ferry. This year looks like it will live up to the festival's reputation without a repeat of 2012's well-publicised mud bath. Although there's perhaps not many surprises on the line-up, there's still plenty to look forward to.

The top twelve to watch from June 12:
Boy George PerformingBoy George: If you're arriving early, the former Culture Club front man is headlining the Thursday night festivities. But far from a nostalgia act, George is touring his first album of original material in 18 years. He's embraced DJ culture and is likely to put on an impressive show whether he's behind the turntable or the microphone.

Tom Odell PerformingTom Odell: Playing the Isle of Wight Festival is like playing a hometown show for Tom Odell. Hailing from Chichester on the other side of the Solent, you can expect the 23-year-old to pull out all the stops for his friends and family in the audience following the success of his number 1 selling album 'Long Way Down'.

Anna Calvi set to perform at the Isle Of Wight Festival 2014Anna Calvi: If you head over to the second stage on Friday afternoon you'll find a woman who's been compared to the likes of PJ Harvey belting out some real Alt Rock. Her second album 'One Breath' was released last October and adds some interesting material to her setlist.

Biffy Clyro will play Isle Of Wight 2014Biffy Clyro: I've seen Biffy a number of times on the stage at Isle of Wight. On the back of double album 'Opposites', they've finally graduated to headliners. A welcome move as Simon Neil has threatened to steal the show at Seaclose Park before. Expect big riffs, on-stage pyrotechnics, and a rather special set given that this is their only English festival appearance this year.

The Polyphonic Spree 2014 PromoThe Polyphonic Spree: Five albums in and the Texan collective have lost none of their power as an essential live act. With a similar approach to that of Arcade Fire onstage, the sheer number of performers and the noise emerging from the PA is a truly uplifting experience - the perfect way to watch the sun set on the Friday evening.

The Specials Playing LiveThe Specials: It seems there's a 2 Tone undercurrent going on at Isle of Wight, Madness have previously played this Saturday slot on the main stage. Terry Hall and the Specials are likely to take Seaclose Park by storm as The 1975 are warming up the crowd for them. Hot on the heels of a successful American tour last year, the Ska legends are likely to be the one act that festival-goers both young and old find themselves dancing to.

Gorgon City 2013 PromoGorgon City: Saturday on the second stage is very much a pop and electronic affair with Cher Lloyd and Dappy likely to draw crowds in the afternoon, but really it's headliners Gorgon City that offer a viable alternative to the Chili Peppers. The London duo may only have a couple of EPs to their name, but they're likely to be a real hit with those looking for a genuine club night in a field. You can expect Clean Bandit to turn up to perform 'Intentions' during the set too as they're also playing on Saturday.

Red hot Chili Peppers will play Isle Of Wight 2014Red Hot Chili Peppers: The only real whiff of rock royalty on the Isle of Wight this year comes courtesy of RHCP. Interestingly, they're currently holed up in the studio recording their eleventh album, following their thirtieth anniversary last year. My bet is that a greatest hits set will be peppered with unheard new material, which should leave long-time fans grinning from ear to ear.

The Delays 2012 PromoThe Delays: Another 'local' act will grace the main stage over the weekend, namely Southampton's The Delays on Sunday afternoon. Ahead of their fifth album being released later this year, it's likely to be a celebratory set in front of a 'hometown' crowd.

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Passenger: On the same week that his new album 'Whispers' has been released, Michael Rosenberg will play to one of the biggest festival crowds of his career to date. His pop melodies will be perfectly suited to the late afternoon sun and offer a more laid back alternative to the more frenetic sets from Fall Out Boy and Kings Of Leon that will follow.

Travis 2013 PromoTravis: Interestingly, both Sunday headliners are already veterans of the top billing at Isle of Wight. Fran Healey and Travis have been relegated to the second stage this time around, but the strength of their overlooked seventh album 'Where You Stand' following a six year break, could lead this to being a performance on par with their 2005 appearance.

Kings Of Leon will play Isle Of Wight Festival 2014Kings Of Leon: And finally. the Followill family will bring Isle of Wight Festival 2014 to a close. Although they were on the same stage as recently as 2011, times have changed somewhat for the Tennessee four-piece. No longer riding on the coat tails of their biggest sellers 'Only By The Night' and 'Come Around Sundown', their set will also include material from the slightly under-whelming 'Mechanical Bull'. There's also an opportunity for the band to point to where they're heading next here too. All of those ingredients coupled with an encore full of anthems are likely to see this year's festival close on a high note.

Ultimately Isle Of Wight 2014 has far more to offer than just the two primary stages though. There's music being performed right across the site, with unsigned acts making appearances at venues including the Hard Rock Rising Stage. There's also a proper man-made beach (Life's A Beach), a ballroom, and lots of activities for kids too. It sounds like it could be another vintage year for the Island's musical heritage.

Jim Pusey

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Culture Club Announce First Uk Tour In 15 Years This December 2014 With Special Guest Alison Moyet 4205094 Press Releases

Here is not a country in the world that doesn't know the names of Boy George and Culture Club.  Grammy Award winners Culture Club sold in excess of 100 million singles and over 50 million albums, and were one of the biggest pop bands of the 1980s.  They achieved seven straight Top 10 hits in the UK, nine Top 10 singles in the USA and nine Top 20 singles in Australia.  They had number 1 singles in over a dozen countries and multi platinum album sales across the world, and were first group since The Beatlesto have three Top Ten hits in America from a debut album.  They were also the first group in music history to have an album certified diamond in Canada.  The band consisted of Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Jon Moss (drums and percussion) and flamboyant front man Boy George (lead vocals.)
 
And now the original line-up have confirmed they are to play live dates across the UK in 2014 for the first time in over 15 years.  Prior to these live dates Culture Club will be going into the studio to record new material, with producer Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Embrace) for an album to be released early in 2015.
 
Joining Culture Club on this tour will be very special guest Alison Moyet, well renowned musical icon, who has amassed sales of more than 20 million records both as a solo artist and half of influential duo Yazoo.  In 2013 Alison returned to her electro roots with her album'the minutes' which was co-written and produced by Guy Sigsworth.  'the minutes' was a Top 5 hit in the UK and Alison toured throughout the last quarter of the year visiting UK, Europe, USA and South Africa topping it off with a triumphant show at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2014.
 
Monday 1st December              Glasgow                       The SSE Hydro
Tuesday 2nd December            Newcastle                     Metro Radio Arena
Thursday 4th December           Leeds                           First Direct Arena
Friday 5th December                Manchester                  Phones 4U Arena
Saturday 6th December            Nottingham                  Capital FM Arena
Monday 8th December              Liverpool                     Echo Arena
Tuesday 9th December             London                        The O2
Thursday 11th December          Brighton                       Brighton Centre
Friday 12th December              Birmingham                 National Indoor Arena
Sunday 14th December            Cardiff                          Motorpoint Arena
Monday 15th December            Bournemouth               Bournemouth International Centre
 
Tickets go on-sale at 9am on Friday 23rd May priced£37.50, £42.50 & £55.00 in London and £38.50 & £48.50 regionally

Here is not a country in the world that doesn't know the names of Boy George and Culture Club.  Grammy Award winners Culture Club sold in excess of 100 million singles and over 50 million albums, and were one of the biggest pop bands of the 1980s.  They achieved seven straight Top 10 hits in the UK, nine Top 10 singles in the USA and nine Top 20 singles in Australia.  They had number 1 singles in over a dozen countries and multi platinum album sales across the world, and were first group since The Beatlesto have three Top Ten hits in America from a debut album.  They were also the first group in music history to have an album certified diamond in Canada.  The band consisted of Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Jon Moss (drums and percussion) and flamboyant front man Boy George (lead vocals.)
 
And now the original line-up have confirmed they are to play live dates across the UK in 2014 for the first time in over 15 years.  Prior to these live dates Culture Club will be going into the studio to record new material, with producer Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Embrace) for an album to be released early in 2015.
 
Joining Culture Club on this tour will be very special guest Alison Moyet, well renowned musical icon, who has amassed sales of more than 20 million records both as a solo artist and half of influential duo Yazoo.  In 2013 Alison returned to her electro roots with her album'the minutes' which was co-written and produced by Guy Sigsworth.  'the minutes' was a Top 5 hit in the UK and Alison toured throughout the last quarter of the year visiting UK, Europe, USA and South Africa topping it off with a triumphant show at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2014.
 
Monday 1st December              Glasgow                       The SSE Hydro
Tuesday 2nd December            Newcastle                     Metro Radio Arena
Thursday 4th December           Leeds                           First Direct Arena
Friday 5th December                Manchester                  Phones 4U Arena
Saturday 6th December            Nottingham                  Capital FM Arena
Monday 8th December              Liverpool                     Echo Arena
Tuesday 9th December             London                        The O2
Thursday 11th December          Brighton                       Brighton Centre
Friday 12th December              Birmingham                 National Indoor Arena
Sunday 14th December            Cardiff                          Motorpoint Arena
Monday 15th December            Bournemouth               Bournemouth International Centre
 
Tickets go on-sale at 9am on Friday 23rd May priced£37.50, £42.50 & £55.00 in London and £38.50 & £48.50 regionally

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Boy George Announces New Single 'Nice And Slow' Plus Summer 2014 European Tour 4198211 Press Releases

Following the huge success of his recent sell out UK and US tours and 2013 album 'This Is What I Do', BOY GEORGE is set to release his third single'NICE AND SLOW' on 16th June 2014.

BOY GEORGE will also be performing live at various dates across Europe this summer, including at the ISLE OF WIGHT Festival on 12 June.
 
LIVE DATES, SUMMER 2014
7 June FRANCE, Montereau Confluences Festival
12 June ISLE OF WIGHT, Festival
14 June CANADA, TORONTO - Luminato Festival
21 June GREECE, En Lefko Festival
27 June BELGIUM, Genk on Stage
1 August FRANCE, NARBONNE - Jazz at L'Hospitalet
2 August MONACO, MONTE-CARLO Sporting Summer Festival
3 August DORSET, Camp Bestival
Says Boy George on the release of the new single:
"Nice and Slow is the perfect Summer record and it's the song that has been getting the best reaction at my live shows.  Not only is it one of my favourites on the album, but it's my favourite video so far too!"

'Nice and Slow' will be released on 16 June 2014.

Boy George needs little introduction.  With a career spanning over 30 years he first shot to international stardom in the 1980's as the front man of one of the UK's biggest exports - the Brit and Grammy Award winning Culture Club - and has continues success as a solo artist.

He has sold over 150 million records with top 10 hits in every country.

Boy George is also a hugely respected House DJ, playing for 20 years, and continues to DJ successfully in clubs all over the world.  However it is his new album, 'This Is What I Do', that reinforces his first true love, writing and singing.

The album features writing collaborations with legendary producer Youth, and  version of Yoko Ono's Death of Samantha.  It was mixed by Dave Bascombe (Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, Doves).

'NICE AND SLOW'
RELEASED 16 JUNE 2014

Following the huge success of his recent sell out UK and US tours and 2013 album 'This Is What I Do', BOY GEORGE is set to release his third single'NICE AND SLOW' on 16th June 2014.

BOY GEORGE will also be performing live at various dates across Europe this summer, including at the ISLE OF WIGHT Festival on 12 June.
 
LIVE DATES, SUMMER 2014
7 June FRANCE, Montereau Confluences Festival
12 June ISLE OF WIGHT, Festival
14 June CANADA, TORONTO - Luminato Festival
21 June GREECE, En Lefko Festival
27 June BELGIUM, Genk on Stage
1 August FRANCE, NARBONNE - Jazz at L'Hospitalet
2 August MONACO, MONTE-CARLO Sporting Summer Festival
3 August DORSET, Camp Bestival
Says Boy George on the release of the new single:
"Nice and Slow is the perfect Summer record and it's the song that has been getting the best reaction at my live shows.  Not only is it one of my favourites on the album, but it's my favourite video so far too!"

'Nice and Slow' will be released on 16 June 2014.

Boy George needs little introduction.  With a career spanning over 30 years he first shot to international stardom in the 1980's as the front man of one of the UK's biggest exports - the Brit and Grammy Award winning Culture Club - and has continues success as a solo artist.

He has sold over 150 million records with top 10 hits in every country.

Boy George is also a hugely respected House DJ, playing for 20 years, and continues to DJ successfully in clubs all over the world.  However it is his new album, 'This Is What I Do', that reinforces his first true love, writing and singing.

The album features writing collaborations with legendary producer Youth, and  version of Yoko Ono's Death of Samantha.  It was mixed by Dave Bascombe (Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, Doves).

'NICE AND SLOW'
RELEASED 16 JUNE 2014

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Boy George Brightens Up The Red Carpet At The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Part 4 4184919 Celebrity Videos <p>Culture Club star Boy George makes his appearance on the red carpet of the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, where he donned a characteristically vibrant ensemble including a pink blazer, a red hat and glittery eyeshadow. Boy George is popularly seen as a gay icon in the media.</p><p>'Orange Is The New Black' stars Yael Stone, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles, Natasha Lyonne and Dascha Polanco were also spotted at the event alongside transgender actress Candis Cayne, 'Land Girls' actress Sophie Ward and Frankie J. Alvarez from 'Looking'.</p> <p>Culture Club star Boy George makes his appearance on the red carpet of the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, where he donned a characteristically vibrant ensemble including a pink blazer, a red hat and glittery eyeshadow. Boy George is popularly seen as a gay icon in the media.</p><p>'Orange Is The New Black' stars Yael Stone, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles, Natasha Lyonne and Dascha Polanco were also spotted at the event alongside transgender actress Candis Cayne, 'Land Girls' actress Sophie Ward and Frankie J. Alvarez from 'Looking'.</p> 8th May 2014 http://www.contactmusic.com/videos/2014may/boy-george-brightens-up-red-carpet-25th-annual-glaad-awards-part-4_189270-1.jpg
Boy George Praises Princess Diana For Breaking Royal Rules 4167135 News

British singer Boy George has heaped praise on the tragic royal Diana, Princess Of Wales for brushing off officials who wouldn't let him get close to her.

At the height of his popularity in the 1980s, the pop star had a fan in the British royal, but due to his flamboyant persona, Buckingham Palace officials weren't keen on the idea of the two coming face to face in the public eye.

Boy George recalled his encounter with the princess on U.S. talk show Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday (23Apr14) and said, "I was asked to go into a line-up by her and then when I got into the line-up, somebody from the palace came up to me and said, 'You're not on the list - move.'

"So I was kind of embarrassed because I thought, 'Oh my God, I've really made a fool out of myself'. But she (Princess Diana) kind of broke protocol and came over and said hi. She was adorable. People took photos, and they were all wrestled to the floor, they (security) took their film out. They (palace officials) didn't want evidence."

And the singer was especially grateful to the princess for taking the time to meet his mum, who greatly admired Diana.

He added, "That night, she met my mother. I said, 'Actually, I'm not really a royalist, but my mum loves you. Princess Diana sent for her and spent, like, 30 minutes talking to her. So I love her. Anyone who's nice to your mum is the best."

British singer Boy George has heaped praise on the tragic royal Diana, Princess Of Wales for brushing off officials who wouldn't let him get close to her.

At the height of his popularity in the 1980s, the pop star had a fan in the British royal, but due to his flamboyant persona, Buckingham Palace officials weren't keen on the idea of the two coming face to face in the public eye.

Boy George recalled his encounter with the princess on U.S. talk show Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday (23Apr14) and said, "I was asked to go into a line-up by her and then when I got into the line-up, somebody from the palace came up to me and said, 'You're not on the list - move.'

"So I was kind of embarrassed because I thought, 'Oh my God, I've really made a fool out of myself'. But she (Princess Diana) kind of broke protocol and came over and said hi. She was adorable. People took photos, and they were all wrestled to the floor, they (security) took their film out. They (palace officials) didn't want evidence."

And the singer was especially grateful to the princess for taking the time to meet his mum, who greatly admired Diana.

He added, "That night, she met my mother. I said, 'Actually, I'm not really a royalist, but my mum loves you. Princess Diana sent for her and spent, like, 30 minutes talking to her. So I love her. Anyone who's nice to your mum is the best."

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"A Chorus of Snorting", Boy George Details Drug Use at Brit Awards 2014 4079977 News

Boy George has revealed the alleged drug use at the Brit Awards 2014, claiming to have heard a "chorus of snorting" in the toilets during the show's ad breaks. George, 52, suggested that despite rebranding , venue changes and extravagant performances, the often derided awards show remains the same.

Boy George Brit Awards 2014Boy George At The Brit Awards 2014

"As I took a leak at The Brit's I could hear a chorus of snorting! We have always called the Ad breaks 'the coke run'. It's still the case'" tweeted the singer after Wednesday's show (February 19, 2014).

Boy George also took the opportunity to defend his controversial choice of eye make-up, which some critics had branded inappropriate given it made it appear as though the singer was bleeding from a facial wound. "Tasteless? Yet worth a whole lot of comment! ??" he said.

More: the best and worst dressed from the Brit Awards 2014.

Elsewhere, Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw has  admitted that he already told Ellie Goulding that she had won best British female prior to the live show at London's O2 Arena and that Prince would be presenting the prize.

"I knew who was winning British female. I saw Ellie the night before, and I said: "You've got this.Prince is gonna give you your award," he said.

Boy GeorgeBoy George Played Down Criticism Over His Brit Awards Makeup

The Arctic Monkeys were the big winners at the Brits 2014, taking home Best British album for the critically acclaimed A.M and Best British Group.

The Sheffield quartet opened the show, which also featured performances from Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry. 

More: our Top 10 moments from the Brit Awards. 

Boy George has revealed the alleged drug use at the Brit Awards 2014, claiming to have heard a "chorus of snorting" in the toilets during the show's ad breaks. George, 52, suggested that despite rebranding , venue changes and extravagant performances, the often derided awards show remains the same.

Boy George Brit Awards 2014Boy George At The Brit Awards 2014

"As I took a leak at The Brit's I could hear a chorus of snorting! We have always called the Ad breaks 'the coke run'. It's still the case'" tweeted the singer after Wednesday's show (February 19, 2014).

Boy George also took the opportunity to defend his controversial choice of eye make-up, which some critics had branded inappropriate given it made it appear as though the singer was bleeding from a facial wound. "Tasteless? Yet worth a whole lot of comment! ??" he said.

More: the best and worst dressed from the Brit Awards 2014.

Elsewhere, Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw has  admitted that he already told Ellie Goulding that she had won best British female prior to the live show at London's O2 Arena and that Prince would be presenting the prize.

"I knew who was winning British female. I saw Ellie the night before, and I said: "You've got this.Prince is gonna give you your award," he said.

Boy GeorgeBoy George Played Down Criticism Over His Brit Awards Makeup

The Arctic Monkeys were the big winners at the Brits 2014, taking home Best British album for the critically acclaimed A.M and Best British Group.

The Sheffield quartet opened the show, which also featured performances from Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry. 

More: our Top 10 moments from the Brit Awards. 

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Boy George Announces Spring 2014 Uk Tour 3995598 Press Releases

Following the huge success of his recent sold out tour and album 'This Is What I Do' and hot on the heels of his single 'King Of Everything' Boy George, is set to release his second single 'My God' on 26th January 2014, and follow that up with a new UK tour in March. Boy George tickets go on sale on Friday December 20th at 9am 
 
Boy George is an English singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romanticism movement which emerged in the late 1970s- early 1980s.
 
BOY GEORGE UK TOUR 2014:
 
Sunday 30 March                     EDINBURGH, Liquid Rooms             
Monday 31st March                  MANCHESTER, The Ritz                     
Tuesday 1st April                     BIRMINGHAM, Institute                      
Thursday 3 April                      LONDON, Indigo2                               
Friday 4th April                        NORWICH, Waterfront             
Saturday 5th April                    BRISTOL, O2 Academy 

Following the huge success of his recent sold out tour and album 'This Is What I Do' and hot on the heels of his single 'King Of Everything' Boy George, is set to release his second single 'My God' on 26th January 2014, and follow that up with a new UK tour in March. Boy George tickets go on sale on Friday December 20th at 9am 
 
Boy George is an English singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romanticism movement which emerged in the late 1970s- early 1980s.
 
BOY GEORGE UK TOUR 2014:
 
Sunday 30 March                     EDINBURGH, Liquid Rooms             
Monday 31st March                  MANCHESTER, The Ritz                     
Tuesday 1st April                     BIRMINGHAM, Institute                      
Thursday 3 April                      LONDON, Indigo2                               
Friday 4th April                        NORWICH, Waterfront             
Saturday 5th April                    BRISTOL, O2 Academy 

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Boy George - This Is What I Do Album Review 3995497 Reviews

Sometimes being part of a successful band can hinder a musician.  There aren't many legendary lead singers who have had solo careers that matched their band's successes.  Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Mick Jagger, Roger Daltrey and Morrissey all had, and still have, great solo careers, however they certainly don't match that of the bands they fronted.  The same can be said for Boy George.  Fronting Culture Club, he was an icon of the '80s and is still very much an icon for millions all over the world, yet like the aforementioned stars, his solo projects have failed to have the same impact.

He really needs no introduction, his reputation precedes him.  He's a one-off character and the music world would be a slightly duller place without him. 'This Is What I Do' is his ninth solo offering and, despite all we read about this superstar, we must remember that he is a musician first. One thing to remind us of that and one thing that has never changed is his soulful voice; this is apparent throughout the record.

The most Culture Club-like track on the album is upbeat catchy reggae song 'My Star'. Joined by rapper Unknown MC, it is sure to be the one you'll have on repeat - it's Boy George at his best.  A reggae and ska feel to any Boy George album is, of course, expected; 'Live your Life' and 'Nice and Slow' are exactly that, not to mention 'Play Me' which features MC Spee. This combination works incredibly well; it's smooth, edgy and immediate.  Another featuring artist includes Nizar Al-Issa who features on the album's last track 'Feel the Vibration'.  This is a glorious ending to a fantastic album.

'King of Everything' opens the album and can be described as a soft rock track with engrossing lyrics.  'Death of Samantha' can also be described this way; a deep guitar lead track which really shows off the 52-year-old's voice.  Backing singers can be heard throughout this record but perhaps most powerfully on 'Bigger than War'.  This jazz track uses the choir perfectly to compliment Boy George's voice.

Many genres of music can be heard on this album, with 'It's Easy' having a country music feel to it.  This soft number is a simple track with a beautiful melody.  The album even sports a Christmas vibe in the track 'My God'; an Elton John-esque  pop track with, again, brilliant use of a backing choir.  'Any Road' is soft flowing, meaningful ballad, with gripping lyrics such as, "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there".  It's perfectly timed, slotted before five back to back reggae tracks - the calm before the storm!

This is a fabulous album from a man that can only be described as equally fabulous.

Alice Barker

4/5

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Boy George: New Culture Club album set for 2014 3946479 News

Boy George has revealed Culture Club are going to release new music.

The 'Do You Really Want to Hurt Me' hitmakers haven't put out any new material since 1999 but the singer has confirmed they will start writing the album in January.

He told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: ''It will be a new record, completely new. There's no point just doing it for nostalgia ... We're certainly going to do it.''

The group's guitarist Roy Hay met up with Boy George last week in Los Angeles to discuss plans, and Culture Club are aiming to record the new record early next year ahead of a release later in 2014.

The 'Karma Chameleon' quartet - completed by Mikey Craig and Jon Moss - could end up working with Brian Eno, famous for producing music by the likes of Depeche Mode, Coldplay and U2.

Boy George said: ''There's some interesting ideas about who we want to work with. It's got to be really good.''

The 52-year-old musician previously opened up about returning to Buddhism and how it helped him stay sober.

Recently asked if he misses drugs, he insisted: ''No. No. I really took that to the ultimate conclusion. The last time I was out doing what we call 'research' I was thoroughly miserable but I couldn't stop myself.

''This is the curse of being an addict - you do something that's thoroughly unpleasant and you keep doing it. The difference between now and then is I know I'm an addict now.

''I went back to Buddhism last year. I messed around with it in the 80s - it was cosmetic then - but I'm really into it now. Chanting is all about polishing your mirror. What do you want to be? I feel like I'm out of chances; people have forgiven me so much, I can't let them down again.''

Boy George has revealed Culture Club are going to release new music.

The 'Do You Really Want to Hurt Me' hitmakers haven't put out any new material since 1999 but the singer has confirmed they will start writing the album in January.

He told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: ''It will be a new record, completely new. There's no point just doing it for nostalgia ... We're certainly going to do it.''

The group's guitarist Roy Hay met up with Boy George last week in Los Angeles to discuss plans, and Culture Club are aiming to record the new record early next year ahead of a release later in 2014.

The 'Karma Chameleon' quartet - completed by Mikey Craig and Jon Moss - could end up working with Brian Eno, famous for producing music by the likes of Depeche Mode, Coldplay and U2.

Boy George said: ''There's some interesting ideas about who we want to work with. It's got to be really good.''

The 52-year-old musician previously opened up about returning to Buddhism and how it helped him stay sober.

Recently asked if he misses drugs, he insisted: ''No. No. I really took that to the ultimate conclusion. The last time I was out doing what we call 'research' I was thoroughly miserable but I couldn't stop myself.

''This is the curse of being an addict - you do something that's thoroughly unpleasant and you keep doing it. The difference between now and then is I know I'm an addict now.

''I went back to Buddhism last year. I messed around with it in the 80s - it was cosmetic then - but I'm really into it now. Chanting is all about polishing your mirror. What do you want to be? I feel like I'm out of chances; people have forgiven me so much, I can't let them down again.''

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Boy George stops head tattoos 3864437 News

Boy George stopped getting tattoos on his head when he gave up drinking.

The 'Do You Really Want to Hurt Me' singer has a number of religious symbols tattooed on the top of his head but realised when he first got clean of drink and drugs five years ago he didn't want to complete his plan of covering his entire head with inkings.

He said: ''My head was shaved when I had the tattoos done and I was intending to tattoo my whole head, then I just thought, no. It's too painful.

''When I stopped drinking I lost the desire to be tattooed on the head. The top one I had done in Denver when I was quite drunk after a night in a club, 'Oh yeah, you can tattoo my head, come on, let's go back to your tattoo parlour'.''

Describing the designs he has and what they mean, he added: ''I have a Star of David on top of my head, a lotus flower and a cross. It's kind of like all the religions. Its quasi religious ... [But] I'm a Buddhist, a practicing Buddhist.''

George - real name George O'Dowd - added his new clean-living lifestyle is behind his current comeback, which is seeing him release his first new solo album in 18 years, 'This Is What I Do'.

He added to the UK's Radio 2: ''Sobriety is a big part of it, you know getting new management, putting a new team around me and kind of just wanting to do things properly for a while, I've been out of the loop in the process of making an album and going on tour. The question I get asked most is what do you do now, because if you're not on TV people just presume you're at home looking at old videos of yourself, eating grapes.''

Boy George stopped getting tattoos on his head when he gave up drinking.

The 'Do You Really Want to Hurt Me' singer has a number of religious symbols tattooed on the top of his head but realised when he first got clean of drink and drugs five years ago he didn't want to complete his plan of covering his entire head with inkings.

He said: ''My head was shaved when I had the tattoos done and I was intending to tattoo my whole head, then I just thought, no. It's too painful.

''When I stopped drinking I lost the desire to be tattooed on the head. The top one I had done in Denver when I was quite drunk after a night in a club, 'Oh yeah, you can tattoo my head, come on, let's go back to your tattoo parlour'.''

Describing the designs he has and what they mean, he added: ''I have a Star of David on top of my head, a lotus flower and a cross. It's kind of like all the religions. Its quasi religious ... [But] I'm a Buddhist, a practicing Buddhist.''

George - real name George O'Dowd - added his new clean-living lifestyle is behind his current comeback, which is seeing him release his first new solo album in 18 years, 'This Is What I Do'.

He added to the UK's Radio 2: ''Sobriety is a big part of it, you know getting new management, putting a new team around me and kind of just wanting to do things properly for a while, I've been out of the loop in the process of making an album and going on tour. The question I get asked most is what do you do now, because if you're not on TV people just presume you're at home looking at old videos of yourself, eating grapes.''

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