Culture Club vocalist Boy George has been forced to cancel his 24-date North American tour after failing to get a visa to enter the United States. The tour was supposed to begin July 11 in Las Vegas, NV and wrap on August 23 in Dallas, TX. He was also going to perform a free concert at the New York City Department of Sanitation’s Family Day in August, for whom he worked in 2006 while performing court-ordered community service in a drug case.
“At the moment, Boy George cannot come to the United States of America because he has been refused permission to enter by the USA Administration,” stated a statement from his manager. “This is not in respect of anything he has done in the past but because he is facing a trial in November in London for something that happened in April last year.”
George was arrested last year after a 28-year-old male escort from Norway accused the singer/DJ of false imprisonment and assault. George later denied the allegations and was released on bail.
“George’s lawyers in London have absolutely forbidden us to speak about the facts of that case and all I can say is that George is astounded at the decision and is having lawyers here in the States look at it in the hope that someone will change their mind. George really would love to come to America and repay his American fans loyalty and that is why we are asking the US Authorities to reconsider their decision.”
Ticket holders can get a refund at the point of purchase.