Boy George has called off the Culture Club Reunion tour
Boy George has called off a reunion tour of Culture Club after the singer discovered he had developed a potentially serious throat problem.
Boy George, whose real name is George O'Dowd needs treatment for a polyp. He has cancelled the reunion tour to get this condition treated. The reformed '80s group pulled out of a UK and US tour beginning in California on Saturday - although the band is hoping to reschedule.
It would have been their first tour together after 12 years for the Karma Chameleon hitmakers'
George confirmed that he has been having trouble with his voice "on and off for a few months" and that one of his vocal cords has hemorrhaged to the point it will not close fully when he sings.
A Los Angeles doctor diagnosed him with a polyp and warned him of the risk of "irreparable damage" if he went ahead with the tour.
"In true British fashion, I have ignored it, thinking the problem might just be tiredness," he wrote on his Facebook page.
"To say I'm devastated barely touches how I feel," he wrote, and he hoped to see his fans "soon back on tour".
Culture Club plans next year to release a new album called Tribes. It would be their first album since 1999.
The band became an international sensation starting with its first album in 1982, Kissing To Be Clever, which included the hit Do You Really Want To Hurt Me.
George has stayed active outside Culture Club as a solo musician, DJ, memoirist and the writer of the musical Taboo.