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. When we last saw Boy George around these parts, he was cranking out a concert at the Pearl with the reunited Culture Club. This weekend he goes back to headline the Super Summer Celebration at Orleans Arena, but he’s got something more irreversible in mind– a headlining residency on the Strip. I talked with the ’80s pop icon when he was house in London recently about all his upcoming plans, consisting of a covers album and more.
You just recently signed a new record deal with BMG, you’ve been touring consistent for years and now you’re working on a Vegas show. Looks like a winning streak. Yeah, ideally. We’re throwing around concepts for a possible residency, and it will be amazing to be in one location for a long time. I did simply sign my very first record handle a very long time and hopefully we’ll be incorporating that into the programs.
It had been formerly reported that you may do a Vegas show with another artist. Is that the plan? No, it will be me, mainly, however we are talking about having some visitors, too, a show that has the ability to adapt and have different people appear. That’s one thing about live music– things can alter, you understand. You don’t truly get those spontaneous minutes anywhere however a live show. If you’ve got the best artists, which I have, you can play around with the structure of the show and be more fluid.
Is the location for a residency already decided or still in the works? Still to be decided. We had actually talked about the display room at the Flamingo, however that’s not for sure. We are working with Caesars [Entertainment]
Do you imagine a resident production with a lot of glitz and glamour and outfit modifications, perhaps like Cher’s program? Maturing I read a lot about Cher’s programs in Vegas and how she used to change every 11 minutes. I most likely won’t go that far, but that’s a good starting point. If I do a program in Vegas it is necessary to look at exactly what has achieved success there. Cher is a great example however likewise I think a lot about Liberace, who’s most connected with those traditional Vegas performances. I likewise want to have the ability to deal with the audience like good friends, to have that type of warmth, since that’s another fantastic aspect of Vegas programs.
How did your record offer come together? We were approached. It wasn’t something I thought I would do again, however I’m quite ecstatic and it seems like a great time to do it. I have actually been meeting manufacturers to speak about concepts for tunes I might do. It just seems like the ideal thing to be doing today.
Those would be songs for an album of covers, remedy? Yes. It’s really tunes I want I ‘d written. There are constantly those tunes that are just beautiful and easy and traditional, and you hear them and see such a terrific melody or lyric. However I’m unbiased. I may do other things as well. I like classics however I’m looking at modern-day artists as well. I’ve done a few [covers] in performance however when you’re in fact tape-recording a track, the prospects are various than in the live setting. I’m taking a look at songs I have actually matured and fallen for, older and more recent. You know “I Desired You,” by Bob Dylan? That’s not actually one of his most widely known tunes, but it’s one I love. I ‘d enjoy to bring that to a Vegas residency, too.
Exactly what else are you dealing with? I’m working with this fabulous young band called Brando and we will set up their label and launch some music from them. It’s a three-piece from London. I have actually worked with them on some songs and I think I’m sort of a silent member of the band … but not so silent, as you can think of. It’s amazing to be around young artists in the beginning of their professions, and they are truly gifted. It’s something I have actually done a bit in the past but I feel like with these 3 men, I’ve found a group that’s really incredibly passionate and devoted. They are simply desperate to get out and get on the road and begin playing and be artists, and it’s truly enjoyable to be a part of that.
KKLZ’s Super Summertime Celebration starring Kid George with The Romantics, Tiffany, Tommy Tutone, Nu Shooz and more is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at the Orleans Arena. Tickets and info can be found at orleansarena.com.