Boy George's US ban

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 June 2008
Boy George

Boy George's US ban

Boy George has been banned from performing in America.

The former Culture Club singer was planning a string of US shows but has reportedly been denied a visa by the country's immigration officials.

George - who was ordered to clean the streets of New York as community service in 2006 after pleading guilty to falsely reporting a burglary - complained to Paper magazine: "I'm pretty devastated about this forthcoming tour and having my visa application denied seems unfair after I swept the streets of New York spotless.

"I committed a crime and I happily paid the consequences and I should be allowed to move on."

The 47-year-old star, real name George O'Dowd, wanted to perform a free concert in New York to show his appreciation to the Department of Sanitation for their kindness during his community service.

He previously said: "The people I worked alongside showed great kindness to me at a very difficult time, and I wanted to thank them all in a way that would show my appreciation."

George was set to launch his North American tour, starting in Aspen, on July 10.

Culture Club

The 80s pop band fronted by flamboyant androgyne Boy George who brought us the ever catchy 'Karma Chameleon' head back on the road.

Birmingham Arena

Fri 16 Nov

£47.50–£72.50 / 0871 945 6000

Bournemouth International Centre

Sun 11 Nov

£52.25–£79.75 / 0844 576 3000

Brighton Centre

Tue 13 Nov

£47.50–£72.50 / 0844 847 1515

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