My friend Grace is much younger than me.
“Did you love growing up in the ’70s?” she recently asked.
“Not really, but I’m thrilled to have been part of the ’80s,” I said.
Because the ’80s were the greatest. I feel very blessed to have been a teenager during that time.
Manila was very backward during the ’80s. We didn’t have clothing stores for teenagers, so most teenagers dressed like their parents (in Lacoste shirts and Sperry Topsiders).
But my friends and I made our own clothes, that’s why a lot of my batch mates also became fashion designers.
During the ’80s we didn’t have big stars coming to Manila—unlike now when the likes of Taylor Swift would actually come here during their prime and not after.
And so Culture Club has never performed in Manila.
Boy George was one of my biggest influences growing up. This was them in the ’80s.
In 2005 I got to meet George briefly when he stopped by Manila for a solo DJ gig. I wrote about the encounter in Rogue magazine’s February 2016 issue. (I’ll post the article in a bit.)
It’s been 12 years since Boy George and Culture Club performed together in a concert and now they are going on a full tour that includes 40 cities across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Asia.
The band kicks off their reunion tour in Australia and will be in Manila on June 17 and 18, 2016 at the Araneta Coliseum.
Culture Club is composed of Boy George (vocals), Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), and Jon Moss (drums and percussion).
I have never seen them perform live and I can’t wait to be there.
Culture Club featuring Boy George Live In Manila is a production of Royale Chimes Concerts & Events Inc. Tickets available at Ticketnet (Tel. 911-5555).
Use your BDO credit/debit card to enjoy a 15% discount on tickets.
For more information, call 0918) 497-2121 and (0906) 418-0786.
(To be continued)