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Culture Club turned The Paramount in Huntington, NY into one big dance party

Culture Club turned The Paramount in Huntington, NY into one big dance party

Some artists have the gift of being part of the soundtrack of so many people’s lives; Culture Club is undeniably one of those bands. With chart topping, ultra catchy pop hits like “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” this Grammy winning artist has stood the test of time and received their fair share of nominations and awards. In fact their song “Time (Clock Of The Heart)” is placed at Number 107 on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock And Roll.


Since their deep-rooted fan base goes back to the band’s beginning in 1981, it was easy to see how diverse the crowd would be as the line was forming outside for this stop of Culture Club’s World Tour 2017 on November 15, the second of two nights at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Young and old, some dressed like it was 1985 while others were in grunge; everyone had smiles on their faces and were ready to party. Once inside it was clear by the chatter that many were also there for the show the night before and were ready for more fun.


Warming up the crowd was a solo act from right here on Long Island, Kevin Edmond Burke. Playing original songs from his 2015 EP Waiting Season, he also included a couple of covers; one being a beautiful rendition of Elvis Costello’s, “Allison.” Even though he was seated at the piano during his thirty-minute set, his energy was conveyed through his big blue eyes as he often engaged with the audience. His powerful vocals helped tell the story of the songs he sang and the audience cheered louder and louder after each song.


The anticipation grew as the general admission floor packed tighter and tighter with fans just waiting to have what they knew would be a good time. Before long the backing band came out and started the beat going and soon, one by one, Roy Hay (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Mikey Craig (bass, backing vocals), and Jon Moss (drums, backing vocals) joined in with them as the fans started to go wild.


Then out came Boy George (vocals) and the whole floor started bobbing up and down to “Church of the Poison Mind,” right from the start the party was going strong both onstage and off and they continued with “It’s a Miracle” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya.”


After performing the Bread cover, “Everything I Own” they had the whole venue swaying to “Time (Clock Of The Heart).” Before playing most of their songs, Boy George would talk to the audience, at this point he had announced, “I am now ten years sober!” And as the audience burst out with cheers, he smiled and said how he loves all the applause that his fans give him here in America for that accomplishment, which led into the song, “Different Man.” Then after “Miss Me Blind,” “Black Money” gave way to a nice long jam session which showcased the many talented musicians, and nearing the end of the jam Boy George reappeared in a costume change, now dazzling his fans in a nice blue outfit.


They did a jazzed up version of The Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and everyone sang along to all the words. After performing “More Than Silence” and the newest song, “Bitchface,” the dancing commenced from the floor to the top of the mezzanine as “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” rocked the house. Then they closed out the set with “Victims” and “The War Song.” But that would not be it for the night, the fans were screaming for more and Culture Club was not about to disappoint them. They played the crowd pleasing “Karma Chameleon” and then did a tribute to Prince with “Purple Rain.” Then for one last blow out dance party song they closed the show with T. Rex’s “Get It On.”


There is so much to say about a Culture Club show, from the amazing musicianship, to the way Boy George’s vocal delivery is spot on and how charismatic and personable he is, to how much fun the band has on stage and its infectious effect on the audience. The North America portion of the tour has reached its end but the band is heading off to Brazil, Australia and Singapore for the remainder of this year. Hopefully we will see them on tour again in 2018, if so be sure to attend the party when it heads near you.

See full gallery of the night here.

Catch this tour!

Date Venue Location
Nov 21 Citibank Hall Sao Paulo, Brazil Tickets & More
Nov 24 Estadio Obras Buenos Aires, Argentina Tickets & More
Nov 25 Casino Monticello Santiago, Chile Tickets & More
Nov 26 Movistar Arena Santiago, Chile Tickets & More
Nov 30 Rod Laver Arena Melbourne, Australia Tickets & More
Dec 01 ICC Sydney Theatre Darling Harbour, Australia Tickets & More
Dec 02 Brisbane Entertainment Centre Boondall, Australia Tickets & More
Dec 03 Newcastle Entertainment Centre Broadmeadow, Australia Tickets & More
Dec 05 WIN Entertainment Centre Wollongong, Australia Tickets & More
Dec 06 AIS Arena Bruce, Australia Tickets & More
Dec 07 Adelaide Entertainment Centre Hindmarsh, Australia Tickets & More
Dec 09 Perth Arena Perth, Australia Tickets & More
Dec 11 The Star Theatre Singapore, Singapore Tickets & More

Diane Woodcheke has had her eye on a camera viewfinder since she was very young. She specializes in Fine Art, Event and Concert Photography. She is also a writer of concert and album reviews, as well as contributing to blogs. For more information please visit her website at

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