Culture Club charms Manila with throwback hits

Christian Melanie Lee
One of 80s iconic band led thousands of its Filipino fans to a night of a trip down memory lane last Saturday, June 18 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Culture Club, featuring the charismatic vocalist Boy George, easily enchanted everyone in attendance who cheered as the English band opened with the song “Church of the Poison Mind.”
At 55, George displayed his lively stage presence and rocked the house together with drummer Jon Moss, bassist Mikey Craig, and guitarist Roy Hay as they performed a throwback playlist that includes “I’ll Tumble For Ya,” “Move Away,” “Victims,” “Church of the Poison Mind,” “It’s a Miracle,” and “Miss Me Blind.”

The Grammy and Brit Award-winning pop band also showcased their own renditions of 70 hits like "Everything I Own" by Bread, "Starman" by David Bowie and their finale song "Bang a Gong" by T. Rex which were all well received by the very appreciative crowd.
The loudest screams from the people, who danced and sang along with the band, came when Culture Club performed two of their biggest hits “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and the videoke-favorite “Karma Chameleon.”
This production brought by Royal Chimes Concerts & Events Inc. ended with a standing ovation from the satisfied concert goers as members of the quintet thanked their fans who trooped the coliseum and chanted, “Mahal Kita, Philippines!”
Update: Culture Club was scheduled to perform to four more cities across the globe after their concert in Manila--- Tokyo and Osaka in Japan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Orlando, Florida. It is expected that his stop in Orlando, where a recent heinous hate crime left 49 members of the LGBT community dead, will be an emotional one since Boy George is also a fashion designer is proudly gay and has been one of the global icons for androgynous or genderless style.

Photo credit: Mike Yap