Oh Boy! I have been blessed to see the legendary Boy George twice in the last 48 hours.
When I was young and impressionable (yes, can you believe there was a time when that was the case!) and when I had strange feelings that made me start to think “I wasn’t normal,” I had someone like Boy George who dressed as he wanted to, said what he wanted to and refused to compromise to look up to as a role model, and for that, I am so grateful!!! From the earliest stages of his career to present day, Boy George does not give a fuck what you think and never minces words. Those are two qualities that are I still admire to this day and I definitely live my life in that way. There are a lot of haters out there (like people that have nothing better to do than go on According2g.com and leave shitty comments, but THANK YOU for keeping me on the tip of your mind so passionately and for your patronage), so this is for you. Imagine what you could achieve if you channel that hatred elsewhere into something productive? So this song is for you - the song of course is “Victims,” a Culture Club cover that Boy George performed at Irving Plaza in New York on April 22, 2014. Put a little love in your heart. You might be surprised! xx
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.
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
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).
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
Play Me / Victims (Culture Club cover) / Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)
If you’ve ever read this site before (and if so, you are my hero – THANKS!), you know that I am crazy for Joey Arias. Joey keeps alive the part of New York that only exists in vintage photos and recollections of “the good old days” before New York became gentrified, when creative expression was much more important than the financial bottom line that everything seems to be reduced to these days. Aside from Prince, I’ve probably seen Joey Arias perform more than anyone else, and no matter how many times I see him, I always leave his shows inspired and with a huge smile on my face. He socks it to you with a great voice, stunning costumes and with comedic delivery that makes you come back for more.
Joey Arias and Sven Ratzke
Seeing Joey on his own is well worth the admission price, but sweetening the pot is the fact that for 2 special shows (April 20 and April 27, 2014, respectively) German/Dutch cabaret star Sven Ratzke (along with his fabulously talented piano player Charly Zestru) are also on the bill.
Before the night is over, prepare to be wowed by Ratzke’s amazing voice, prepare to laugh your butt off with Sven and Joey as they ad-lib with the crowd and most importantly, they will seduce you with their voices – and it’s likely you’ll hear songs like “You’ve Changed,” “Windmills of Your Mind,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “God Bless The Child,” “Perfect Day” and as you are about to see, “Alabama Song.”
Just press play!
Thanks to Joey, Sven and Charly for a fabulous night! If you’re a fan of the site, you already know that my night didn’t even there, however. The night reached the crescendo when I chatted with the stars of the show at its conclusion, who are just as amazing off stage as they are on.
Charly Zastru, Sven Ratzke, Geoffrey Dicker, Joey Arias. Photo taken by a complete stranger.
Thanks again Charly, Sven and Joey. I heart you!!!
On April 17, 2014, New York experienced “Croll-chella” as Britain’s Dan Croll performed a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom. I’m really into his debut album “Sweet Disarray,” which fuses folk and electronic music with rock accents (think Two Door Cinema Club meets Paul Simon). Dan thanked the audience several times for purchasing his album instead of downloading it illegally, and he rewarded his fans by hanging out at the merch table after the show was over. Very classy! I’m looking forward to hearing more great things from Dan and you will be too after you press play on the below video for “In/Out” which will undoubtedly be stuck in your head for the rest of the day because it’s ridiculously catchy. I’m glad to provide that service for you! Great seeing you again Dan! Support Dan Croll’s music by visiting his official website.
On April 10, 2014, Sweden’s The Sounds made their return to the Manhattan stage at Webster Hall. The group’s music is part rock, part punk and part electronic and when you cook up those components coupled with lead singer Maja Ivarsson’s great rock and roll stage presence, that makes for one hell of a show. They are on tour to promote their 2013 album “Weekend.” But since this post was written on ‘Flashback Friday,’ let’s rewind and go back a few years for the video clip you are about to see. After diving into the audience for a crowd sing-a-long (see photo below), The Sounds performed their 2006 single “Tony The Beat” which you are about to watch.