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Boy George and Culture Club Return to the Las Vegas Strip

Boy George could have come across a new slogan for Las Vegas.

“For me, it’s Destination Joy,” George said in an interview Thursday afternoon. “It’s not Destination Miserable. People come here to have a good time, so let’s do it.

Joy George, Boy George, whatever works. The superstar is in the lead cultural club at the Encore Theater on Friday and Saturday evenings. It’s the band’s first Vegas appearance since a double headlining gig with B-52s at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center in September 2018.

As his 61st birthday approaches on June 14, George’s voice seems more robust these days, more resonant and thoughtful. It makes sense, because George himself has added new depth and perspective to his career.

“I’m working on different versions of our songs, bringing them to kind of an interesting middle ground, where I’m singing with the voice that I have now, which is a deeper voice, a bigger voice,” George said. during a telephone conversation on Thursday. afternoon. “That coupled with my experiences, what I’ve been through. We’re doing this slightly different version of “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” because that particular song isn’t the same as it was 30 years ago.

George’s inspiration for this classic setting was none other than Mast Kid. The former (and we’re confidently anticipating his return) headliner of the Strip at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace and 1Oak Nightclub at the Mirage performed at the Palladium in London last month.

George was a guest at the show, where Goss played a more moody, measured version of his “When Will I Be Famous?”

“That’s why I wanted to go back and attack ‘Do you really want to hurt me,’ because of what Matt did with that song,” George said. “I looked at the public and they were not disappointed. They were getting the song, you know, but in a different way than they were 20 years ago or whatever. It was really interesting, because it makes you realize that the song is the thing, above all.

The current version of Culture Club includes George’s longtime friends from the 80s, guitarist/keyboardist Roy Hay and bassist Mikey Craig nestled in a group of 10 pieces. George says to expect every success. “Karma Chameleon”, “It’s A Miracle”, “Miss Me Blind” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” were performed during Wednesday’s tour opener in San Diego.

Although the group has immersed itself in reinventing certain hits, the original arrangements are planned for Vegas. As George says, “In most cases these songs have been brought back to what they were.”

George has often toyed with the idea of ​​performing in residencies, or longer engagements, in Las Vegas.

“I love the idea of ​​a rotating show, which features Culture Club and also everything I’ve done, with all these amazing songs,” George said. “I would love to say to someone in the audience, ‘Give me your best line!’ Here we go again.”

George remains a fan of all genres, reeling off a list of inspirations that includes Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Liberace.

“I was in Las Vegas when Liberace was still alive, still playing, and he was one of those people I wish I had met” I can’t remember why that never happened, but he was such an inspiration, having seen it on TV,” George said. “All the things that I thought were old fashioned about Las Vegas, I think they’ve really changed for me, you know? It’s become a super hip place, not like 40 years ago. Everyone wants to play there now.

The recording star says he knows what a Boy George residency production would look like.

“I want to get on stage and say, ‘Liberace sent me!'” George said. “I don’t know how it would go, legally, but I think it would show where I come from. I’m ready for a non-stop festival.

The Boe Show

A take here for an internationally renowned man who also graced a Tony Award-winning karaoke show Alfie Boe. The star of London’s West End, Broadway and Queen of England shows makes his Friday and Saturday night debut at Westgate’s International Theatre. Boe was also nominated for a Grammy for “Les Miserables: The Staged Concert.”

Boe has developed a production especially for international theater, filled with Broadway hits, bestsellers, classics and more. In a classic VegasVille moment almost a year ago to the day, Boe took the mic at the Westgate SuperBook’s Super Karaoke. Her version of Queen’s “We Are The Champions” rocked the cages. Great guy too. The brass of the hotel are delighted with the performances of the weekend. We could see more of the Boe show in Vegas.

turner burns

A 1970s revival took place Wednesday at Myron’s at the Smith Center, during Earl Turner last feat. Seated in the audience were sitcom “Good Times” star and stand-up veteran Jimmie “JJ” Walker, Bouba Knight of Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Antonio Fargas, who played Huggy Bear in “Starsky and Hutch.”

Turner also hit his head while slipping his acoustic guitar. He had a welt over his right eye and looked like a boxer for two-thirds of the show. No matter. He won by knockout. Catch the rematch at Myron’s on September 28.

cool hang alert

The premiere of a new burlesque show, “LadyLike,” is scheduled to premiere at 10 p.m. Sunday at Mosaic On the Strip. The show goes retro, but is also modern. How do they do? Maren Wade (“The Cocktail Cabaret”, “50 Shades! The Parody”) leads the cast. More is revealed at mosaiconthestrip.com.

John Katsilometes’ column airs daily in Section A. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.