Review & Video: “Karma Chameleon / Get It On (Bang A Gong)” live by Boy George in NYC

Posted by The G on April 23, 2014 under G Reviews, G Videos | 3 Comments to Read

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Boy George

Boy George

BOY GEORGE!  Performing a way sold out show on April 22, 2014 at New York’s Irving Plaza, Boy George took to the Manhattan stage for the first time in over a decade (not counting DJ gigs) and it was a night to remember!  Kicking off the show by playing his new album “This is What I Do,” Boy George played a beefy 24 song set that covered the musical gamut from reggae to country and back to rock, covers from Yoko Ono (“Death of Samantha”) and Bread (“Everything I Own”) to Lou Reed (“Satellite of Love”), T. Rex (“Get it On (Bang A Gong)” and Bob Dylan (“It Ain’t Me Babe” and “Make You Feel My Love”) plus a handful of Culture Club classics (“Church of the Poison Mind,” “Karma Chameleon,” “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” “Victims” and his solo hit “Bow Down Mister”)!   His new album, if you haven’t already gotten it, is very diverse musically and George’s band kicked out the jams that feature extremely mature and spiritual lyrics.  George quoted Eckhart Tolle telling the crowd to stay in the now and songs included “Feel the Vibration,” “Live Your Life” and George proclaimed that “love is bigger than war” during the track “Bigger Than War.”  George, who seemed happy to be back on the New York stage soaked up the love that the crowd (which included Miss Guy and Debbie Harry) was showering him with.  He told funny anecdotes in between songs and thanked the crowd for not talking too loudly to each other during the new songs.  He especially thanked the crowd for supporting his new album.

Boy George

Boy George

When he got to “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” he went off on the crowd for taking invasive cell phone photos and video saying that “if he wanted the video to go up on youtube, he’d film it with a crew himself and not make us do it.”  I was up in the VIP section in the balcony (not using flash, nor blocking the crowd trying to take annoying iPhone videos, nor being close enough to distract or annoy the performer) and I got the whole thing on video.  Should I post it?  You decide and let us know in the comments section.  I was near the soundboard, so I was far from being invasive, but it’s a fine line you walk when you want to get the video out to the people and also want to respect the wishes of an artist you’ve loved for three decades!!!  I did, however, post a video of the classic “Karma Chameleon” which immediately segued into a cover of T. Rex’ “Get It On (Bang A Gong).” Excuse me for a minute while my inner child freaks the fuck out for a little bit!

Now that I’ve regained my composure, can I just say on behalf of New York, please come back and play for us more regularly!  We’ve missed you desperately George!  If we have to rely on the thinly talented RuPaul as a hero in the gay community, we are seriously doomed!  xx

And now… “Karma Chameleon” and “Get It On.”   Just press play.

Boy George Irving Plaza Set List

Boy George Irving Plaza Set List

The set list (despite the picture) was:

King of Everything / Death of Samantha (Yoko Ono cover) / Any Road (George Harrison cover) / My God / Feel the Vibration / Love and Danger / Live Your Life / Bigger Than War / Nice and Slow / My Star / It’s Easy / It Ain’t Me Babe (Bob Dylan cover) / Satellite of Love (Lou Reed cover) / Turn on a Little Light for Me / Church of the Poison Mind (Culture Club cover).

Encore:

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? (Culture Club cover) / Everything I Own (Bread cover) / Karma Chameleon (Culutre Club cover) / Get It On (Bang a Gong) (T. Rex cover) / Bow Down Mister

Encore 2:

Play Me / Victims (Culture Club cover) / Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)

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  • Tamika Alana said,

    Post it please! Do You Really Want To Hurt Me!

  • Cindy said,

    I was to the right of the soundboard in the VIP section. I thought Boy George sounded good and was enjoying the show until he spewed that crap about taking video. One of the medieval Neanderthal staff came over to me and some other people before the show started and said that Boy George requested “no video” and “no flash photography.” I never use flash at shows so I didn’t have a problem with that, but I *do* have a problem with not taking video. I take video for my reviews so people get a visual of what I’m writing about. People who can’t get to the show enjoy them. When he said “people who take video of the old songs think they will be transported back to the 80s” that really pissed me off. That’s NOT why I’m taking video. He kept stressing that it was 2014, yet when he offered to sign someone’s CD in the audience and nobody had a pen (because EVERYONE should be ready for Boy George to sign something) he carried on “nobody has a pen and everyone has a camera.” Well YEAH asshole, it’s 2014, like you keep saying! If you want everyone to “stay in the now” then you have to get with it too, WITHOUT insulting your fans that buy tickets! I never leave shows early but after his rant I really wanted to. I thought he was an idiot for saying the things he did.

  • Cindy said,

    And YES, post Do You Really Want to Hurt Me! Boy George should be glad that anyone wants him on YouTube! LOL!!