Boy George Cancels Culture Club Reunion Tour

by Sophie Schillaci 11:36 AM PST, November 13, 2014
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Culture Club fans will have to keep waiting for that reunion tour.

Boy George announced on Thursday that the band’s forthcoming North American and UK tour dates have been canceled until further notice after doctors discovered a polyp on one of the singer’s vocal chords. The tour was set to kick off on Nov. 15 in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

"To say I'm devastated barely touches how I feel," Boy George wrote in a message on Facebook. "I know that those of you who love and support me will understand that this is a decision I just had to make. I will definitely get better and see you all soon back on tour."

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Ticket refunds are available at the point of purchase, while the band assures fans that they are "hoping" to reschedule the shows for next year.

"I have been having trouble with my voice on and off for a few months and my manager suggested that I see a top throat doctor in Los Angeles," George posted on Facebook. "I have been advised by doctors that to continue singing with this polyp would further damage my voice and could cause irreparable damage. It's a risk I just cannot take."

Back in August, Boy George sat down with Entertainment Tonight first to discuss the forthcoming reunion tour and album.

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"It's taken about two years to get this together, but it's been worth the wait," he said at the time. "We had to find our mojo. We've made a new record and that was important for me. I just felt it couldn't just be about nostalgia -- we had to do something new."

The group’s forthcoming album, produced by U.K. musician Youth, is still expected to arrive in 2015, but the tour was to mark the first time that all four original members had reunited in more than 14 years.

Just last week, ET caught up with Culture Club in New York City as they prepared to hit the road. "We're rebuilding our army," Boy George said of the band's fandom. "When people have said, 'Who's your audience?' I'm like, 'Everyone.' It literally can be young kids, to very old ladies, you know, mums. It used to be a lot of girls back in the day, and now we seem to get a lot more guys. So it's kind of spread out… anyone's welcome."

But if Culture Club had to start their career from scratch today – things could have gone much differently.

"People aren't shocked by anything nowadays," said Jon Moss. "I think the problem we'd have now is nothing shocks anybody. People just go, 'Oh wow, that guy with the hat, the this, the that.' It wouldn't have the same effect."

Added Mikey Craig: "We appear normal now."

Are you sad about the cancellation? Hit the comments below and offer up your well wishes to @BoyGeorge on Twitter.