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Photos: Boy George @ 9:30 Club

boy_george-cover2"He has such a beautiful voice. He sounded like a black female blues singer," wrote Bob Geldof about Boy George in his 1986 autobiography. "Soul. Don't matter what you look like. You got it or you ain't."

At the 9:30 Club on Monday night, George proved that the statement still holds true nearly 30 years later. Decked out in an outfit only George (and maybe Andre 3000) could pull off, George and his killer band—which included a four-piece horn section—played songs from his recent record, This is What I Do, and some from his past. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" was a majestic croon, complete with full audience sing-along, and "Karma Chameleon" was a slowed-down reggae jam. The band ended with a cover of T. Rex's "Bang a Gong (Get it On)," a song George played with the Black Lips at WXPN’s Free at Noon last week. It was a joy to hear the creamy smoothness that is the voice of Boy George, because seeing him proved to be quite difficult—he and the band played in very low light for the whole show, with no spot on George at all. "It's so dark in here, you can't even see his face," a friend said. Which was all very unfortunate, because the spectacle that Boy George is, and always was, is something fascinating to observe.

See photos from the show in the gallery.

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  • http://lovedc.com jason

    the show was very bad! played a bunch of new junk! I mean junk!what a waste of time.

  • piper

    I thought the show was awesome!!!!

  • Simon

    Jason if you can't be bothered to get off your fat arse and buy his new album why would you go to a tour supporting it? IT IS NOT 1982!

  • TAMMY

    I CAUGHT BOY GEORGE CONCERT IN PHIL THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT CAN'T WAIT TO GO TO A CULTURE CLUB REUNION IF THEY HAVE ONE NEXT YEAR LOVE ALL BOY GEORGE'S MUSIC. FLEW FROM KENTUCKY TO PHIL TO SEE HIS CONCERT IT WAS GREAT. HAD BRAIDS IN MY HAIR WITH BOWS AND BLACK HAT LOOKED SO COOL WAS SO MUCH FUN.ME AND ANOTHER GIRL WENT TO HIS FIRST SHOW
    WE LOVED SIGHT SEEING IN PHIL.

  • Glinda

    I thought the show was horrible. There is nothing wrong with an artist playing some new material. But the whole show was mostly the new album and very little of his older stuff. I didn't expect him to play just CC songs, but I did expect him to play some of his older solo work as well such as the Crying Game and Generations of Love. I expected a selection of all of his music from CC up until now. Just because is supporting an album doesn't mean you play almost nothing but the new album and every song on the album. Yes, you play some new songs, but also play the older stuff too. Balance the show. Plus, all his new songs are slow and sound almost the same.
    Also, he was rude and disrespectful to the audience.

  • James

    The beginning of the concert was good. For the first couple of songs he was alternating old and new music and doing some rock and R&B stuff. But then he played all these boring reggae songs all in a row. And then he started getting angry at the audience because they weren't into his new music and was rude. But then towards the end it picked up again because he did a few of the songs people knew and started being nicer. His voice is good and the band is talented but I think the set list could have been better and less reggae and the weird Jamician accent. I would say it was an average concert. Not the best ,but not the worst.

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