Culture Club Announces Tour With Howard Jones and Berlin

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Boy George and Culture Club have announced their 2023 tour, “The Letting It Go Show,” featuring fellow ’80s stars, Howard Jones and Berlin, as special guests across all dates. The prolific band will be performing all their hits, including “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me,” “Karma Chameleon,” and “Church of the Poisoned Mind.” Produced by Live Nation, the 25-city run begins July 13 and continues through Aug. 20.

Citi is the official card of the Culture Club tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets from April 19 at 10 a.m. until April 20 at 10 p.m. The general onsale begins April 21 at 10 a.m. local time here.

From the April 18 announcement: Few new wave groups were as popular as Culture Club. During the early ’80s, the group racked up seven straight Top Ten hits in the U.K. and six in the U.S. with their light, infectious pop-soul. Though their music was radio-ready, what brought the band stardom was Boy George, the group’s charismatic, cross-dressing lead singer. George dressed in flamboyant dresses and wore heavy makeup, creating a disarmingly androgynous appearance that created a sensation on early MTV. George also had a biting wit and frequently came up with cutting quips that won Culture Club heavy media exposure in both America and Britain.

By the time Culture Club’s second album Colour by Numbers was released in the fall of 1983, the band was the most popular pop/rock group in America and England. “Karma Chameleon” became a number one hit on both sides of the Atlantic, while the album reached number one in the U.K. and number two in the U.S. Throughout 1984, the group racked up hits, with “It’s a Miracle” and “Miss Me Blind” reaching the Top Ten.

Electronic music pioneer Howard Jones has been a constant presence on the international touring scene for the past four decades, playing live in a number of different configurations including intimate solo shows and dates with his full high-tech band set-up. He first burst upon the contemporary music scene in 1983, with his very English songwriting and pioneering synthesizers with “New Song.” His first album, Human’s Lib, reached #1 in 1984 in the U.K. and featured the hits “New Song,” and “What Is Love?” In 1985, Jones released the follow-up, Dream Into Action, which became a Top Ten Platinum album in the U.S. and featured the smashes “Things Can Only Get Better,” “Life In One Day,” “No One Is To Blame,” and “Like To Get To Know You Well.”

Berlin will forever be recognized as the American progenitor of electro-pop artistry with sensually appealing lyrics. The Los Angeles-based band made its first impression with the provocative single “Sex (I’m A…)” from the platinum-selling debut, Pleasure Victim, in 1982. But it was the striking love song, “Take My Breath Away,” that took the band to another level. The ballad’s defining role in the Tom Cruise film, Top Gun, helped solidify their everlasting place in American pop-culture. The song was a #1 international hit and received both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1986. Berlin’s discography has yielded twelve gold and platinum album awards. The band was founded by Nunn, bassist John Crawford, and keyboard player David Diamond.

The Letting It Go Show 2023 Tour (Tickets will be available here)
Thu Jul 13 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
Sat Jul 15 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sun Jul 16 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place Amphitheatre
Tue Jul 18 – Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Wed Jul 19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Thu Jul 20 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
Sat Jul 22 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sun Jul 23 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Tue Jul 25 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Wed Jul 26 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Fri Jul 28 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Sat Jul 29 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
Sun Jul 30 – Philadelphia, PA – TD Pavilion at the Mann
Tue Aug 01 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Thu Aug 03 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Fri Aug 04 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
Sat Aug 05 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Tue Aug 08 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
Thu Aug 10 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
Fri Aug 11 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sat Aug 12 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
Mon Aug 14 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Fri Aug 18 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
Sat Aug 19 – San Diego, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sun Aug 20 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion

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