BOY GEORGE & Culture Club at the Xfinity Center | Mansfield, Mass | July 25, 2023

July 25, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

MANSFIELD, Mass - Despite the heavy rains leading up to the show, it was still a great night of music of 80s re-visited. A night that was a momentary escape from reality with a rewind to simpler times to spend a few hours with three musical pioneers of the early 80s MTV era, Berlin, Howard Jones and Boy George & Culture Club. Three veteran musical acts that have maintained the longevity in their music to span forty-plus years, still drawing the crowds, sounding amazing and most importantly, keeping those songs playing we all enjoy so much. The combination of the bands on The Letting It Go Tour, was a perfect lineup for any 80s fan, or any new fan that is willing to experience the magic of the music.

The lights went down and there was a curtain over the stage, the music came on, the band was in place, the curtain dropped and Boy George made his entry from the back of the stage to a welcoming Massachusetts crowd. The set kicked off with a song that could describe the next portion of the evening, “Next Thing Will Be Amazing.” Boy George was backed by a stage full of musicians and background vocalists. Other original members of Culture Club were Roy Hay (guitar) and Mikey Craig (bass).

I was a child of the early MTV era; it is was got me fascinated into the world of music, from then to now. If you were to ask me what I first remember about being an MTV kid in the early 80s, my answer would be Culture Club videos for “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.” Those were some of the first music videos that I remember. So after forty years of seeing the videos and hearing these songs, I can finally say that I saw this group perform all these songs live after all these years.

The set continued with “It’s a Miracle,” “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya,” “Melodrama,” and “Everything I Own” (Bread cover).

Boy George kept the night going, vocals were great, along with the rest of the band. Culture Club maintained a different image and sound than the rest of the bands of the 80s era; this uniqueness about them made them likable for any music fan of then and today.

Boy George spoke before leading into the next song, talking about how the world has become too much with internet and social media in today world, and encouraging the crowd to “Let It Go,” after all this was The Letting It Go Tour. “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” followed, starting off with a slow and mellow intro, before breaking out and keeping the crowd on their feet, singing along through the whole set. The backing singers, saxophone player and other musicians made the stage vibrant and alive. There was something going on in every corner of the stage.

Among the rest of the set was, “Eyeliner Voodoo,” “Thats the Way (I’m Only Trying to Help You),” “Angel of Mercy,” “Church of the Poison Mind / I’m Your Man,” “Time (Clock of the Heart)” and “Miss Me Blind” would close the main part of the night.

The band returned to the stage for a three song encore to perform a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.” Keeping the energy going with the 1983 chart topper “Karma Chameleon.” Concluding the evening with a cover of T. Rex “Get It On.”

The thing that makes a concert experience great, is when both the crowd and band shows up with the same energy and when the band looks like they are having fun on stage. All three acts exceeded my expectations. It was a musical ride through my 80s. We live in a fortunate time as music fans, where these bands are still out there touring. Get out there and see them while you can! The Letting It Go Show is at about the midway point of this tour. Get out and see this show in a city near you! This is a show that will have you leaving with a smile.

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Originally posted at NortheastRockReview.com - Full review here: https://northeastrockreview.com/boy-george-culture-club-at-mansfield-ma-7-25-2023/


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