Aidin Vaziri | Boy George makes a triumphant return with “This Is What I Do,” his first studio album in 18 years. After a difficult spell that saw him frequenting courtrooms and getting denied entry to the United States, he is now on the road with a nine-piece band performing a career-spanning set that stretches back to his earliest hits with Culture Club. Sober for six years, George, 52, has also returned to form physically. He spoke to us ahead of his Monday show at the Fillmore.
Q: There were a few rough years in there. How did you get back in shape?
A: When people talk about transformation, they talk about having a new stylist. Real transformation takes a long time. You get to a point where you start to be comfortable with who you are and sort of realize, “I have a lot of good things going for me in my life.” I just decided to look at things a different way. It’s growing up, maturing.
Q: You not only got sober, but you also adopted a raw diet and regular exercise regime. Is it hard to keep up?
A: It’s all a work in progress. Over the years, I’ve strived at certain times to bring some kind of spiritual practice into my life. I’m closer than I’ve ever been to all of those things that are important.