POP superstar George Michael is set to sell out his live comeback tour with a Sheffield date, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
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VIDEO: Watch our video report of George Michael’s press conference announcing the tour - see story link below.
It’s nearly three years since the former Wham! singer said he would quit live performance. Nows he’s back with rearranged hits and other favourite songs accompanied by a symphony orchestra on a 47-date tour of Europe, starting in Prague’s State Opera House in August.
Different orchestras will be used in different cities.
Symphonica – The Orchestral Tour will include 12 dates in the UK, including his debut solo performance at the Arena in Sheffield.
He said he had decided against another Greatest Hits tour but thought he still had another one in him for the future.
This will be only his third solo tour proper in his 30-year career.
He said: “The idea of singing with symphonic orchestras around the world is because I heard Tony Bennett had done it recently and I thought, ‘What a nice idea.’ The idea of singing with this kind of backing has been very attractive to me for a long time.”
During breaks in the tour he will record a dance album, his first studio album since 2004’s Patience.
He added: “I felt it was really what I want to do as an artist. As an artist I’m at the stage where I’m not interested or excited by repeating former successes. It is far more true to myself in terms of lyrics.”
“At this stage, I feel there are two areas I can explore further.
“One is dance music and the other is my voice.”
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