Aidin Vaziri | Having weathered addiction, drama and animosity, the original lineup of Culture Club is back in America on a second round of shows following its recent reunion. Led by Boy George, who this fall appears on the latest season of “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” the group — which also features bassist Mikey Craig, drummer Jon Moss and guitarist Roy Hay — is revisiting its early 1980s hits like “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” and “Karma Chameleon,” as well as a handful of new tracks. George spoke to us from a stop in Texas.
Q: The band has been back together for two years running. What changed?
A: The last tour we did, I came off of it and said, “That was quite a pleasant experience!” It was actually fun. That’s the main thing for me. I would never, ever go on the road with a bunch of people I didn’t like. I respect it too much to ever bring that to a stage. We have this kind of weird magic that happens when the four of us get together.
Q: Do you think it will lead to any new music? There was some talk about releasing a new album, “Tribes.”
A: It’s not about releasing the record. It’s about finding the right way of releasing it. The old way of doing it is over — going to radio and putting it in shops is not working. We don’t want to put something out and have it disappear into the ether.