The singer, whose given name is George O’Dowd, is also set to perform a free show August 17 for the staff of The City of New York Department of Sanitation’s annual Family Day in appreciation for their treatment of him when he completed his community service in the city in 2006.

O’Dowd’s management expressed bewilderment over the denial in a press release June 23.

“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 of last year,” the statement reads. “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 has not been convicted of anything in London and there is a presumption in the western world of innocence until proven guilty. The proceedings that George faces in London are of course important and serious, but George has been given unconditional bail by the police and courts in London, thereby permitting him to travel anywhere in the world.

“George really would love to come to America and repay his American fans’ loyalty and that is why we are asking the U.S. authorities to reconsider their decision.”

Boy George’s management told Pollstar the singer is devastated by the denial and is doing everything possible to obtain a visa in time to kick off the tour with an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show July 7.

Ticketholders can keep tabs on developments, as well as get info on the singer’s upcoming dates outside the U.S., at

Fans wishing to protest the denial can express their feelings to the State Department’s Visa Services’ Public Inquiries Branch via email at [email protected].