Boy George, that is, and, as if by magic, his host is none other than Chris Harris. For those in the know, this may come as quite a surprise given a previous duel between the karmic chameleon and the city’s pre-eminent party-thrower. But, really, what the hell would you expect from two type A personalities, each with a penchant for fighting words and turf wars.
In most cases, the end result (even if it did take a few years) is common ground, and that’s exactly what will come to fruition on September 29 when Boy George makes his way to the Renaissance City – FINALLY – for his debut performance behind the decks at EGO.
“You know, I’d like to say that our little tiff a few years ago was just a massive promotional build up to this moment, and, frankly, I won’t deny it. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither have been some of my greatest successes,” says Harris. “Patience, perseverance, and a little behind the scenes maneuvering have proven to be my MO for years, and this is just another opus in my portfolio of symphonies. I just hope we can meet the demand of our shared fans!”
Time will tell. Boy George, nee George O’Dowd, continues to be one of the most curious – and notorious – creatures of the past 30 years. Most U.S. audiences know him for what at the time was his outrageous persona as the gender bending lead singer of Culture Club. For those of us in our late 30s and early 40s, Boy George was an early hero, cavorting about in thrift shop moo moos, full make up (applied much more convincingly, by the way, than some of his female contemporaries – Madonna could have taken a tip or two from George’s brows) and those hokey hair rags. We believed that we were Kissing to Be Clever, that our Church of the Poison Mind was open to all comers, and, that yes, by George, we would Tumble 4 Ya.
Fast forward through nearly three decades of some titillating run ins with the law (just Google it, for heaven’s sake), an up and down recording career and even a stint on Broadway, and George is back, again, in a big way.
While still recording, George has spent the past decade returning to his original roots as an auteur of club music and a master of the decks.
“As a DJ and a pop artist, I’ve always prided myself on never being loyal to only one sound,” told George once told Billboard Magazine.
And, thus, begins to describe Boy George’s career as a jock (a word and a descriptor that seems oddly out of place, no?)
According to his official bio, George has been DJ since the late ‘70s enjoying a long and successful career associated with house music stemming from early acid house and Chicago grooves in the ‘80s, to electro and tech house in the ‘90s and ‘00s. He has played at some of world’s most iconic venues such as the Manchester’s legendary The Haçienda, Shelleys in Stoke and Paul Oakenfold’s Spectrum at Heaven in London. And ever since George has maintained a constant touring schedule, “notching up hundreds of thousands of air miles and taking in far reaching international destinations from the snow capped mountains of Vancouver to the golden sun kissed sands of Bondi beach to the, um, ego-centric Providence.”
In addition, he has been a newspaper columnist, the author of two bestselling autobiographies and, the co-producer, songwriter and on-stage star of the award-winning musical ‘Taboo’ on both New York’s Broadway and London’s West End.
Additionally he runs his own fashion label B-Rude with outlets in New York, Los Angeles and London, as well as maintaining an elite membership to the world’s designer fashion hierarchy – DJing regularly at post catwalk shows such as Versace, Phillip Treacy and more recently Hugo Boss.
“All I can say is that it’s about time,” says Harris. “I’ve brought my share of superstars to this city, but it’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to bring one of the biggest stars of the past century to New England. I’d like to say ‘It’s a Miracle,’ but, well, I make miracles happen all time. So just come and enjoy.”