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Boy George says Culture Club 'may re-form'

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Singer Boy George has said Culture Club may re-form in 2011 to mark his former band's formation three decades ago.

"I think we could do a one-off gig or maybe a small tour," he told BBC 5 live. "It's our 30th anniversary next year so we may do something."

Culture Club had great success in the 1980s with hits such as Do You Really Want to Hurt Me and Karma Chameleon.

The band briefly reunited in 1998 and staged a 20th anniversary concert in 2002 at London's Royal Albert Hall.

"Last time we re-formed, there was a point to it," the singer - real name George O'Dowd - told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire.

"We'll see," the 48-year-old continued. "It's all about my mood at the time."


At the height of his fame in the 1980s, Boy George was one of the world's most recognisable faces.

But he later battled drug addiction and in recent years, has become better known for his brushes with the law.

In 2006, the flamboyant singer cleaned streets in New York as part of a five-day community service sentence imposed after he was found guilty of wasting police time.

Boy George in 2006
The singer famously did community service in New York in 2006

And last year he spent four months in prison for falsely imprisoning a male escort at his London home.

On Monday, however, Boy George was reluctant to discuss his recent travails, preferring to concentrate on the release of his latest single.

"Please don't ask me about it," he told Derbyshire when quizzed about his conviction last year. "I'm not going to get into specifics.

"Why should I (explain)?" he continued. "They (the listeners) don't need to know what I did."

Derbyshire acknowledged the awkwardness of the interview on micro-blogging site Twitter in a message beginning with the words "Oh dear".

"Not what I was expecting," she tweeted, apologising to her listeners. "I was told he wld be fine to talk abt everything."

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