Make every weekend epic with our free Weekender newsletter. Sign up today!

Buddy Guy

Boy George can hear you now

Boy George can hear you now

Boy George, blues artist?

No, the veteran solo artist and lead singer of the English band Culture Club isn't making an album with Buddy Guy or going on tour with Eric Clapton and Gary Clark Jr. But at 55, the musician born George O'Dowd has more gravitas when he sings, as befits a performer whose life has been a series of highs (international hit records, fame, fortune) and lows (heroin addiction, prison, a violent father).

"I consider myself much more of a blues singer now," he affirms on the phone from Los Angeles. "And when we do Culture Club shows, I say to the audience: 'This song has turned into a blues song,' particularly 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me'...