Big 95 Music News: Culture Club, Beach Boys

CULTURE CLUB:  Boy George talks about future plans

Boy George's Las Vegas plans are still a work in progress.

He tells Music-News.com, "I don’t really know whether it’s going to be like an extravaganza [or]...more of a one-man show. So, at the moment we are meeting with various people to sort of see what the view is. I am probably going to perform with guests."

But that doesn't mean he's leaving Culture Club. He says their next album is roughly half-complete -- and he and his bandmates continue to write. "It’s been such fun, I have to say we’ve laughed a lot. Bands are like families; you don’t really choose who is in your family, and often you do not choose who is in your band. You end up with a group of people that you often have zero in common with and you kind of have to learn over the years to let people be who they are. It’s the trick of life!”

Boy George and Culture Club are touring Australia through December 9th.

BEACH BOYS:  Al Jardine announces 'Storyteller' shows

Al Jardine has announced a series of storyteller shows.

After spending a year and a half as a featured player on Brian Wilson's lavish Pet Sounds tour, Jardine will set out with his son Matt on a two-man acoustic production that debuts January 23rd and 24th at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis.

Al Jardine: A Postcard From California will be built around his career history and how the iconic Beach Boys songs were created. He tells Billboard, "It'll be kind of instructive and kind of fun at the same time. It'll be designed to highlight certain eras and a couple of songs here and there from different eras."

Al and Matt Jardine will also perform a pair of dates at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix on January 29th and 30th.  Matt also sang on the Pet Sounds tour. 

MORE BIG 95 MUSIC NEWS HEADLINES:  November 30th

Chrissie Hynde will take part in It’s Christmas December 7th at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Paul Stanley’s R&B cover band, Soul Station, will do 12 shows in Japan in January.

Elton John had a social call from Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA at his English estate yesterday.

Huey Lewis and the News and Goo Goo Dolls will provide the music at the CareerBuilder Challenge Golf Tournament, which begins January 18th in La Quinta, California.

A Sign of the Times -- a jukebox musical powered by the a collection of 1960s hits, including several made famous by Petula Clark -- will have a pair of private stagings in New York next month. Chilina Kennedy, currently starring as Carole King in Beautiful, has the lead role in the show -- which uses fictional characters and is not a biographical piece.

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