He’ll tumble for you, but Boy George won’t be performing any of his classic ’80s hits for U.S. audiences this fall. Doctors have discovered a polyp on the throat of the beloved 53-year-old singer, which has forced the cancellation of the planned reunion tour for his seminal band Culture Club. The tour was planned as early promotion for the pop group’s forthcoming album Tribes, which is expected sometime next year. Many fans had noted the huskier sound in George’s rich baritone voice on the first single “More Than Silence” (listen below), but it seems this may be due to his serious throat problems.
Here’s the official notice of the cancellation:
It is with great regret that the members of Culture Club have announced the cancellation of their tours in North America and the UK scheduled for November and December 2014.
It became necessary to do so this week when a polyp was discovered in George’s throat. The throat specialist has ordered George to not sing as it may necessitate an operation.
George and the band are devastated by this news and so it is with much regret that the tour is cancelled until further notice. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
“We are hoping we can reschedule the concerts for next year, and hopefully George’s problem will be resolved,” said the members of Culture Club.
The band wish George a speedy recovery and added ….“To our fans we wish to thank you for your loyalty and know that we love you all.”
And until you’re able to watch him perform live again, enjoy “More Than Silence” and five other of the band’s greatest hits below.
“I’ll Tumble 4 Ya”
“It’s A Miracle”
“Church of the Poison Mind”
“Time (Clock of the Heart)”
And as a bonus, here’s Boy George’s exquisite solo “The Crying Game”