British singer Boy George is set to play an exlusive gig for an unlikely audience - he will perform at New York's Department of Sanitation Family Day in August (08).
The former Culture Club frontman worked alongside the Big Apple's sanitation workers in 2006 when he was sentenced to community service and garbage duty after falsely reporting a burglary at his apartment in the city.
And the star - real name George O'Dowd - is keen to perform for the people he met while being punished - insisting their kindness made the humiliating task easier.
He explains, "The people I worked alongside showed great kindness to me at a very difficult time, and I wanted to thank them all in a way that would show my appreciation."
The star will play at the department's annual Family Day on 17 August (08). He is kicking of a North American tour in Aspen, Colorado a month before (10Jul08).
A spokesman for the Department of Sanitation says, "Keeping New York City safe and clean is a daunting challenge - as Boy George well knows - and we welcome his generous offer to entertain those who have made our city the cleanest it has been in more than 30 years."