Pop Quiz: Boy George of Culture Club


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.

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Pop Quiz: Boy George


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.

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