Pagkarating ng ’80s British band na Culture Club sa NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) noong nakaraang June 15 para sa kanilang one-night concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on June 18, ang lead vocalist na si Boy George ay sumubok na mag-tweet in Tagalog para sa kanyang mga Pinoy fans.
Heto ang kanyang tweet: “Kaya masaya na maging dito at naghahanap ng pasulong upang ang kultura club show”
May isang fan na nag-translate nito. Ibig sabihin ni Boy George ay “So happy to be here and looking forward to Culture Club’s show”.
First time na mag-perform in Manila ang Culture Club simula noong sumikat sila noong 1981 dahil sa mga hit singles nila na “Karma Chameleon”, “Miss Me Blind”, “It’s A Miracle.”
Overwhelming nga raw ang mga natatanggap nilang mga messages over social media mula sa mga Pinoy fans na matagal nang hinintay na mag-perform sa Pilipinas ang Culture Club.
“As it’s our first time here, it’s going to be interesting to see how people react, their own levels of enthusiasm.
It’s exciting, and we really don’t know what to expect.
“For me, it’s all about the show… I would want to focus on the show and do the best job possible.
“As a band now, we’re at the best we’ve ever been. I think we enjoy this more now, and that translates to the performances we give the audience,” pahayag pa ni George sa pagharap nya sa media last June 16 sa Novotel Hotel Manila.
The flamboyant singer turned 55 last June 14 at nabanggit niya na naging saddest birthday niya iyon dahil sa naganap na Orlando massacre shooting na kumitil sa buhay ng 48 members ng LGBT community.
Saad pa niya: “It was quite difficult to celebrate my birthday… It’s an attack on everybody.
“I think my sentiments would be the same as anyone else. I was very sad about it.
“Right now, especially in America, it’s making a lot of people aware of the LGBT community.
“I cannot even put into words how I felt.
“Unfortunately, it happened during my tour and I can’t stop to think about all the families and those who were devastated.’’ (RUEL J. MENDOZA)