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Culture Club’s ‘Life Tour’ celebrates classics and more!

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By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa

Venue: Yuengling Center, Tampa, Florida–Culture Club with B 52s and Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins-‘Life Tour’

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Rock At Night was excited to see Boy George and Culture club at Yuengling Center (fka Sundome), Tampa, Florida on Saturday, June 30th. When I think back to the 1980s, Boy George with his flamboyant fashion statements and 60s R&B sound captured the entire essence of the decade.  Singles from the albums Kissing to Be Clever and Colour By Numbers saturated the air waves and MTV, creating not only an air of fresh, danceable music, but also helping to bring LGBTQ acceptance to mainstream America.  I remember people gasping the first time they viewed videos of androgynous Boy George wearing a long robe, heavy eye make-up, lipstick, dreads, and a large black hat.  Back in the day, Culture Club bridged the gap between pop, gospel, and R&B, and even my die-hard “metal head” friends admitted they “secretly” loved Culture Club. Culture Club’s music always brought people together!

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At the Yuengling Center last night in Tampa, Culture Club emerged on stage with a full band, which included a slew of outstanding back-up singers, rounding out the Culture Club sound.  The audience was treated to palate of greatest hits, including “Miss You Blind,” “I’ll Tumble 4,” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” and “Time (Clock of the Heart)”.  The band performed newer songs like “The Truth is a Runaway Train”, “Different Man”,  and “Human Zoo” from the unreleased album Tribes as well as paying homage to icons we lost like David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” and Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love.”

Everybody who attended the concert last night went away smiling and feeling very satisfied as music from their youth (the crowd was mostly Gen X’ers) was brought to life—and freshened up, with a preview of soon-to-be-released numbers. It is great to see Culture Club on the road, and it surely is a concert you do not want to miss!

Set List

  1. It’s a Miracle
  2. I’ll Tumble 4 Ya
  3. The Truth Is a Runaway Train
  4. Church of the Poison Mind
  5. It can’t be easy (different man)
  6. Time (Clock of the Heart)
  7. Human Zoo
  8. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?
  9. Let Somebody Love You
  10. Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer Cover
  11. Miss Me Blind

 

  1. Encore:
  2. Let’s dance
  3. Karma Chameleon

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DATE CITY VENUE
June 29 St. Augustine, FL Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
June 30 Tampa, FL USF Sun Dome
July 1 Pompano, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
July 6* Biloxi, MS IP Casino
July 7^ San Antonio, TX Tobin Center
July 10^ Austin, TX Moody Theatre
July 11 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Amphitheater
July 12** Tulsa, OK River Spirit Casino Resort
July 15 Houston, TX Smart Financial at Sugar Land
July 17 Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheatre
July 18 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
July 20 Charleston, SC Volvo Car Stadium
July 21 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
July 22 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater
July 24* Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
July 26** Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino
July 27 Boston, MA Wang Theatre
July 28 Forest Hills, NY Forest Hills Stadium
July 31* Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
August 3^ Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summer Stage
August 28 Lewistown, NY Artpark
August 30 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 31 Chicago, IL Ravinia Festival
September 1 Chicago, IL Ravinia Festival
September 3 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair
September 5^ Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion
September 6 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
September 7 Kansas City, OH Starlight Theatre
September 8 Denver, CO Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre
September 13^ Puyallup, WA Washington State Fair
September 14^ Kennewick, WA Toyota Center
September 15 Portland, OR Theatre of the Clouds
September 16 Murphys, CA Ironstone Amphitheatre
September 18 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
September 19 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
September 21 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
September 22 Reno, NV Reno Event Center
September 23 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
September 25^ San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
September 27^ Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino
September 28 Cabazon, CA Morongo
September 29 Las Vegas, NV Downtown Las Vegas Event Center
September 30 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick
October 3 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
October 5* Fresno, CA The Big Fresno Fair
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I grew up in a household full of rock music, studied journalism in college, and then became a scientist.Although my science career has served me well, music has always played a major role in my life. I grew up reading "Creem" magazine; I play several musical instruments as a "hobby";and it seems a camera has always been in my hand. Now, I am combining what I love the most--music and photography--serving as editor of Rock At Night. My motto: life is short...no regrets. Chyrisse
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