Boy George on cancelled Culture Club tour: ‘Everything is on hold’

The singer discovered a polyp on his vocal chords earlier this month

Boy George has spoken out about cancelling Culture Club‘s UK and North American tours after he was ordered not to sing by doctors.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, the singer – pictured above with Lana Del Rey – discussed the repercussions of a growth being discovered in his throat earlier this month. “I’ve got a polyp on my vocal chords,” he explained. “The doctor tells me singing would cause irreparable damage, and that’s not a risk I am prepared to take. He put a camera down my throat, and it transpired that I have an enlarged polyp which has haemorrhaged. So everything is on hold until it gets better. I don’t know how long that will take, and to say I am devastated barely touches how I feel.”

The reformed 1980s pop band were due to tour this month and next, but it now looks as though the concerts will be taking place next year. “I’d been having trouble with my voice for some months, but in true British fashion I ignored it, thinking the problem might just be tiredness, hoping it would go away,” continued Boy George.

Culture Club are currently running a PledgeMusic account to help fund their forthcoming new album, ‘Tribes’. It is set for release in 2015, and will be their first new material in over 15 years. The band, who released their debut album ‘Kissing To Be Clever’ in 1982, last released an album in 1999. ‘Don’t Mind If I Do’ was their fifth LP, but was only released in Europe and Japan. It followed 1986’s ‘From Luxury To Heartache’.