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Boy George might be catching reunion fever: the singer told the BBC he’s considering bringing Culture Club back together in 2011 to celebrate the group’s 30th anniversary. “We’ll see. It’s all about my mood at the time,” George said. “I think we could do a one-off gig or maybe a small tour.” Culture Club’s debut album Kissing to be Clever was released in 1982, but the band actually formed the year prior.
Culture Club initially split in 1986, but reformed in 1998 for a brief tour before going on hiatus again, only to reappear in 2002 for a 20th anniversary concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Following that reunion, the Club’s Mikey Craig and Jon Moss attempted to reboot the band with another singer in 2006. The pair did find a new vocalist, however the plan to record and tour without George was wisely shelved.
The clamor for bands from the Eighties and Nineties to reunite has only gotten louder as twenty- and thirtysomethings long for the music of their youth and festivals become more willing to put major cash on the table. The Specials, Faith No More and Public Image Ltd. are all on the bill of this year’s Coachella festival, along with recently reformed acts like Devo, Pavement and Sunny Day Real Estate. Hole and Soundgarden lead the charge for Nineties acts returning today.
When Faith No More resurfaced in 2009, Rolling Stone analyzed what other long-shot reunions might be on the horizon, and a year later, two of them — Pavement and Soundgarden — have already come to pass. So we’d place our bets on a Culture Club reunion if there’s an interest out there for it, and if Boy George can keep out of trouble.