The '80s icons are hitting the road
Culture Club and Boy George have announced a new UK tour.
The ’80s band have only performed a handful of gigs in the UK in the last couple of years, including a short summer trip around three of the country’s racecourses in 2017.
Now, they have announced a raft of arena shows for November, kicking off in Nottingham. They will visit 10 more cities on the run. Tickets are available now and can be purchased here.
Culture Club and Boy George will play:
Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena (November 9)
Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (10)
Bournemouth, International Centre (11)
Brighton, Centre (13)
London, SSE Arena Wembley (14)
Birmingham, Arena (16)
Newcastle, Metro Arena (17)
Manchester, Arena (18)
Hull, Venue (20)
Glasgow, SSE Hydro (22)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (23)
Last year, Boy George opened up about the death threats he received during the height of the band’s success in the ’80s. Appearing on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, the 55-year-old singer revealed he received threatening letters during his career in the 80s – to the point that he wore a bulletproof vest in fear for his life.
“It was Halloween, and people called up and said they were gonna shoot me,” he explained. “I was thinking, ‘I can’t cancel the gig so I’d better wear a bulletproof vest’.”
GO SHORTY, IT'S YA BIRTHDAY
50 Cent has announced details of a UK arena tour later this year, to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of his debut album ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin’.
Upon release in 2003, Fiddy’s debut album sold over 800,000 copies in its first week and featured singles including ‘In Da Club’ and ’21 Questions’. It later went on to become the tenth highest-selling rap album of all time in America.
Now, he’ll be celebrating the record with three special arena shows in London, Manchester and Birmingham this September. The dates are in full below, and you can buy tickets from here at 9AM.
“50 Cent simply has an incredible delivery – in his hands this party anthem is lifted into the realms of the truly spectacular, and makes the thug life finally sound like the good life once again”, our official verdict stated.
Last year, Fiddy also delivered a scathing review of Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’, describing it as “golf course music”.
“I listened to Jay shit, that ‘4:44’,” said Fiddy in a since-deleted Instagram post.
“I thought the shit was aight. I liked the shit, but I’m gonna keep it 100 – the shit was a little … the shit was too smart. I felt like I was supposed to be wearing like glasses and shit and like a tie, a fucking sweater around my waist. It was like Ivy League shit.”
He later added: “I ain’t gon’ hold you up son, that shit was like golf course music”.
By Nick Reilly
White is "shocked" by some of Minaj's lyrics
Jack White has spoken about being influenced by rap music recently, also describing Nicki Minaj as “brilliant” in a new interview.
The former White Stripes frontman released his third solo album ‘Boarding House Reach’ on March 23. It saw White work with hip-hop musicians who had previously played with the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West.
Speaking in a new interview with Clash, White revealed that he’s been recently listening to a lot of Kanye, Minaj, A Tribe Called Quest and “’80s and ’90s hip-hop specifically”.
“In a lot of ways, it is the new punk rock,” White said of modern rap. “They’re doing the dangerous things – whether it’s Trippie Redd or Tekashi69; these are a very punk, dangerous side of music.”
White went on to discuss Minaj’s work, saying that he was “shocked” by some of her lyrics.
“[If] you listen to Nicki Minaj’s ‘Only’. I mean, some of those lyrics are like, ‘Holy shit!’ I, as an adult, listening to that by myself, am shocked at some of the words that I’m hearing,” he said.
“But it’s brilliant! It’s brilliant to be able to say that, to be able to say whatever you want. I couldn’t get away with saying half of those things that Nicki Minaj says in that song. It’s just brilliant to see how far things have gone in that sense, and how cool it is for people to talk about these moments and say, ‘Wow, check this out.’”
White added that he wants bands to follow this lead. “I want someone to blow my mind right now, like a brand new band to come out and be like, ‘I can’t wait to hear that next song…'”, he explained. “That’s that moment that we don’t get enough of nowadays.”
This comes after White made headlines for saying that he doesn’t understand what DJ Khaled does.
Khaled’s 2017 Rihanna collaboration ‘Wild Thoughts’ heavily sampled Santana’s 1999 classic ‘Maria Maria’ and White recently described it as “just Santana’s song in its entirety”.
White sarcastically added: “It was nice of DJ Khaled to sit down and write and perform and record that – that was good of him! He’s an incredibly talented man. There’s no doubt about that. He does so much!”
In a five-star review, NME wrote of White’s new album: “Jack White has finally lost the plot – and he sounds totally brilliant… he’s at last shaken off the bluesy shackles of the White Stripes and has created something wild, mysterious and unlike anything else around.”
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