by Edsel Lorete/ http://inslashout.wordpress.com / http://inslashout.blog.com
Boy George was not exactly kidding telling pinoy fans their one night Manila concert last June 17 will be memorable. The Asian concert leg, which came off from a series of leg concerts in Australia, hit it off with only a single night gig, making it more intimate seeing the popular pop band live for the first time after more than thirty years.
That is a long wait, but that did not stop fans from trooping to the Araneta Coliseum, see Boy George do that classic NuWave hit hand dance wave that originally associated with the eighties era, which was producing largely original hit songs by bands, musicians who knows how to write lyrics and read melodies.
Boy George and The Culture Club was one such band that identified with my era’s demand for original music, so goes the coined tab “never heard” for any chart hit in the British Top Ten Melody Makers of that time. Goerge, who is iconically known for his flashy colored hair lock done with a top hat paired with baggy shirts and pants, did make head turns for that pop inspired imaging the night of the concert.
Goerge O’ Dowd in real life, Boy George flaming yet candidly glowing glam looks, which the singer flamboyntly sported with less of the hair tease, in exchange for flashy shiny sequence contoured around the singer’s eyes. Thirty years late, but Boy George proves he can trend digitally with millenials!
Classic night for hit Culture Club music
Boy George came on stage, with nearly twelve musicians playing caravan music, and opened the concert with the classic hit “Church of the Poision Mind”. Compared to band’s MTV type music videos, which was playing restlessly from behind this gigantic video monitor, George brought the house down singing live, and there was immediate fan recognition.
Unlike today’s fashion reeling pop singers, most would partake on the digital wonders of voicing makeovers, Boy George sang with his husky yet danceable funky tunes, which was easy to realize if you have spent a number of years on radio and TV – listening to The Culture Club’s one hit medloy maker after the other, and this would mainstream in the Philippines about a month prior to international release from UK and the US.
Boy George sang mostly hit songs like Karma Chameleon, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Everything I Own, War Song (Which Boy George said the band has not sang live in over thirty years), Miss Me Blind and a tribute song to the late 80’s singer David Bowie.
Three songs to concert list, Boy Goerge would jokingly bow out for a sudden wardrobe change.
Power outage affected stage for thirty minutes, but the wait only made fans clamor for more. George, with his yellow and British monarch top hat on, including the singer’s branding a few skin tattoo on neck and arm, The Culture Club gig, which was one of three remaining Asian concerts the band was listed to do before moving back to England, may be short but it was a worthwhile experience seeing the band, particularly Boy Goerge in the flesh, for the first time.
First draw concerts, particularly for bands from the eighties, a great example of those included Tears For Fears, Duran Duran, Swing Out Sisters, Madonna and Spandau Ballet, are best enjoyed during artist’s first show. It is what draw people, band’s fans out to the live concert scene. Tony Hadley, vocalist of Spandau Ballet, on his first Manila gig, agreed to honor the marriage proposal announcement of a fan in the audience.
Tears For Fears, to appease fans who have waited for the duo to perform locally, sang Mad Word in its original form. Duran Duran, for their Big Electric Thing 80’s concert, agreed to do a string version of “Save A. Prayers” while Swing Out Sisters did similarly for “Fooled by A Smile”.
Boy Goerge and The Culture Club did an original live play of Karma Chameleon, and this was seconded by War Song, which Goerge routed with a acapella to original band arrangement typical of song’s MTV. What is great about The Culture Club is seeing the band intact, and with Boy Goerge singing the band’s hit songs like it was new to everyone’s ears.