Boy George and the original Culture Club lineup will reunite for the first time in 14 years with a string of North American dates scheduled for this November, and a new album set for release in early 2015. The pop outfit’s famous frontman will also appear as a guest on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday, August 14th alongside Taylor Swift.
The Eighties pop outfit will kick off their North American trek on November 15th at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, California, and wrap things up at the Etess Arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey on November 28th (a full list of dates are below). Tickets for these shows will go on sale this Friday via the band’s website. Following their North American tour, Culture Club will return to their homeland for an 11-date arena tour of the U.K.
Culture Club announced their new album back in May, following the news of their U.K. shows. The band has been working on the LP with Youth, the bassist and co-founder of Killing Joke and producer for acts like the Verve, the Cult and Primal Scream. In an interview with Rolling Stone this March, Boy George — who just released his first solo LP, This is What I Do, since 1995 — said the band had tried writing together a few years ago, but admitted that at the time, “my mojo wasn’t quite in rhythm.”
Along with Boy George, Culture Club’s original lineup includes Mikey Craig (bass), Roy Hay (guitar, keyboards) and Jon Moss (drums, percussion). The group achieved stunning success in the Eighties, scoring three Top Ten U.S. hits from their debut album, Kissing to Be Clever and becoming the first group to hit that milestone since the Beatles. While the group broke social barriers with an openly gay frontman and multi-racial lineup, the music — especially smash hits like “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” — spoke for itself as Culture Club went on to sell over 100 million singles and 50 million albums worldwide.
The group split after their 1986 album, From Luxury to Heartache, amidst growing tensions in the band and Boy George’s continued drug use. Culture Club put aside their differences and reunited in 1998, releasing a new album, Don’t Mind if I Do, the following year.
Culture Club – North American Tour Dates
November 15 – Rancho Mirage, CA @ Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
November 17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
November 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
November 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
November 25 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
November 28 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Etess Arena