It’s been a dream of mine for a long while to see Culture Club and Boy George, and on Saturday my dream came true! I went to see them on the 5th September at the Eventim Apollo in Hammermith, London.
It was also Freddie Mercury’s birthday on the 5th September so it was a like a celebration in his honour! As Boy George said as he was mincing around onstage, “We all need a bit of Freddie in our lives!”
There are a couple of downfalls to loving a band from the 80’s, like the fact that a lot of the time, the bands are either inactive or, well, deceased. Luckily, Culture Club are neither, and all four original members, Boy George, Mikey Craig, Jon Moss, and Roy Hay, were there!
They burst onstage with Church of the Poison Mind, Boy George coming out last to an enormous roar from the audience! The show was a lovely cocktail of new songs and old classics, including my own super favourite, Miss Me Blind, which I was praying they would play, and I think my heart nearly exploded when they did!
Boy George went for several outfit changes and several extravagant headdresses, unfortunately I was too far away to get any good photos, but even from where I was, I knew he was fabulous. I mean, obviously, right?
The encore was fantastic! They mixed it up with More Than Silence (can we purleeeeease get that new album, already?), Karma Chameleon (OF COURSE!), Bang a Gong, and finally *drumroll, please* David Bowie’s Starman!!! As if it wasn’t a historical night already, this just made it extra, extra special! And you know what, George’s version was JUST AS epic as Bowie’s. It’s making my head spin just thinking about it again!
I loved the fact that, not only is George a charismatic and energetic frontman, he also interacted a lot with the audience and spoke to everyone with jokes and little tidbits about the band!
At one point he said, “Never be afraid to get sentimental. I cry about everything, even TV adverts make me cry! My mother used to say women live longer because they cry. You can really let yourself go at a Culture Club concert!”
- Church of the Poison Mind
- It’s a Miracle
- I’ll Tumble 4 Ya
- Like I Used To
- Everything I Own (Bread cover)
- Let Somebody Love You
- Black Money
- Move Away
- Human Zoo
- The Crying Game (Dave Berry cover)
- Different Man
- Miss Me Blind
- Runaway Train
- Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
- More Than Silence
- Karma Chameleon
- Bang A Gong, Get It On (T Rex Cover)
- Starman (David Bowie cover)
All in all, an EPICALLY epic night, and worth every second of the wait! Until next time, eh?