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28 octobre 2011 5 28 /10 /octobre /2011 22:27

Singer George Michael has said he was 'overwhelmed' with guilt about having to cancel his concert last night. George pulled out of his second Symphonica: The Orchestral Tour show at London's Royal Albert Hall because of a viral infection and back problems but has today promised he will make it up to his fans. The 48-year-old wrote on his Twitter page: "London, I am truly sorry about last night, but I had performed on Tuesday with my back in spasm and a splitting headache. "Without a doubt the most difficult show of my life, but London you were wonderful to me. "Have no doubt, I will reschedule last nights show, please keep those tickets. "I've worked through colds before on tour because it's such a horrific thought that people turn up and are turned away. "The guilt is overwhelming, but this time I had absolutely no choice. Was feverish yesterday but feeling better today." He was forced to pull out of his gig yesterday after his opening night on Tuesday. Michael is due to perform again at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday and Saturday. He added: "I'm sure I'll be fine for tomorrow and Saturday." The cancelled concert will be rescheduled.

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28 octobre 2011 5 28 /10 /octobre /2011 18:02

Rich and expressive... a stunning show from a performer who looks back to his best

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Things are never straightforward with George Michael. Just when he appeared to be conquering his demons through drug counselling, he has found himself facing more heartbreak.
The singer’s recent separation from long-term partner Kenny Goss has clearly had a profound effect – and he used the opening night of his latest British tour to share his feelings.
Backed by a 41-piece orchestra – the tour has been extravagant titled Symphonica – he introduced a series of lovesick ballads by confessing that his choice of material had been strongly influenced by ‘the end of a relationship’.
Pouring heart and soul into his performance, he sang a deeply personal new song, Where I Hope You Are, before giving his all on bruised covers of Amy Winehouse’s Love Is A Losing Game and Billie Holiday’s You’ve Changed.
But his first UK concert since last year’s four-week jail term for driving under the influence of drugs wasn’t entirely downbeat. Keen to make up for lost time, he was in imperious voice as he mixed originals and well-chosen covers.
Highlights included an upbeat take on Nina Simone’s Feeling Good plus unexpected versions of Rihanna’s Russian Roulette and Rufus Wainwright’s Going To A Town.
There was also a rendition of his own A Different Corner that was met with hushed reverence by a packed Royal Albert Hall. 

This was a much tighter show than the opening night of the tour’s European leg in August, but Michael still found time to add some typically wry insights regarding his choice of material.

His unlikely Comic Relief cover of New Order’s True Faith was introduced as ‘a song about the nature of addiction, which is something, of course, that I know nothing about’.

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His cover of the ballad Wild Is The Wind came with an admission that he thought the song was originally by David Bowie (who covered it on Station To Station) rather than original singer Johnny Mathis. Tim Buckley’s poignant Song To The Siren was ‘the record I bought on the day I signed my first record deal’, while You’ve Changed was a number ‘that changed my life forever’.
At 48, George might not the high notes quite like he did back in his Wham! days, but his voice is still rich and expressive. He has even acquired a bass-heavy edge that lends gravitas and, unlike today’s powerhouse warblers, he also showed the benefits of adding light and shade to a song, occasionally singing with soulful restraint to add intimacy.

It can only be hoped that some of the X Factor wannabes in the audience – and even X Factor judge and mentor Gary Barlow – were listening and learning from the consummate entertainer in front of them.
Returning to the stage after a standing ovation, he treated fans to a gospel medley alongside his four superb backing vocalists before finishing with the pop classics I’m Your Man and Freedom. It was a stunning finale from a performer who suddenly looks back to his best.
George Michael’s Royal Albert Hall residency is expected to run until Saturday 29 October. However the singer has been forced to cancel the October 27th show due to illness.

The Symphonica tour continues until 19 December.

 
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28 octobre 2011 5 28 /10 /octobre /2011 17:58

Want to win a hardcover Symphonica Tour Programme?! Then be sure to partake in George’s official Halloween Facebook contest!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Send us a photo of yourself, or your kids, dressed up as George on Halloween to contests@GeorgeMichael.com.
  2. On November 4, we will choose our top 10 and post them in a Facebook album.
  3. Check out the 10 photos and vote for your favourite by clicking “like”.

The three photos with the most “likes” on November 11 will be the winners. Good luck!

 

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28 octobre 2011 5 28 /10 /octobre /2011 17:54

Great news for fans planning to attend the Friday, October 28 Symphonica show at London's Royal Albert Hall! After suffering from a viral infection and high temperature that resulted in the postponement of his October 26 performance, George is now feeling much better and it has been confirmed that Friday's show will go on as previously scheduled!

 

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28 octobre 2011 5 28 /10 /octobre /2011 12:34

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Singer George Michael has kicked off the London leg of his Symphonica tour at the Royal Albert Hall.

The 48-year-old star confessed that he was "always nervous" about performing on home ground.

Speaking before Tuesday's show - which saw him accompanied by a 41-piece orchestra - he said his current tour was about choosing songs which showcased his voice.

"I can feel myself becoming a better singer every night," he said.

After this interview, Michael postponed Wednesday's gig because of illness.

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28 octobre 2011 5 28 /10 /octobre /2011 12:30

After 2010 proving to be a rather tumultuous year for George Michael, the singer has been working on re-launching his music career.

Accordint ot Reuters, Michael, who just returned from a series of gigs in Poland, Italy, Denmark and Germany played his first of four sold-out concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the 'Symphonica: The Orchestral Tour' on Tuesday (October 25).

Speaking of his on stage ensemble, which include a 41- piece orchestra, the Wham! singer describes the last weeks as 'amazing' and 'a completely different experience'.

'It's everything I dreamed (of)', adding that 'the crowds have been absolutely fantastic.'

The sell-out crowd on Tuesday night was entertained by a range of covers and songs, including 'Through' from the 2004 album 'Patience' and jazz standard 'My Baby just Cares for Me'.

Michael has so far opted for a different approach, avoiding some of his big hits and instead concentrating on his vocal performance.

'It's just recently turned into, really I can feel myself becoming a better singer every night, you know what I mean. So it's really what I wanted from this apart from everybody else. I want to kind of bring, choose songs that I can showcase my voice because then I've kind of given my fans both types of show. You know I did three years with a greatest hits thing and this is really about my voice.'

The singer also spoke about his upcoming record. While he mentioned in recent interviews plans for a more electronic album, Michael confirmed that song-writing will very much form an important part of the next project.

'It's very much gonna be, you know, lyrics I've never been, gone near before for various reasons, so I think as a songwriter I want this album to really stretch me some, you know, in another direction so,' he said.

The 'Symphonica' tour is Michael's first musical outing since leaving jail last October after spending a month for crashing his car into a corner shop in North London while under the influence of drugs.

But for Michael this is now a matter of the past and he is glad the focus has shifted back to his music once more: 'Oh yeah, it makes a nice change, doesn't it?'

In the coming weeks Michael's orchestral tour will continue to play at venues in Cardiff, Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester.

 

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28 octobre 2011 5 28 /10 /octobre /2011 10:57

GEORGE Michael launched his most theatrical show to date at London’s Royal Albert Hall last night. Joined by a 41-piece orchestra, it’s the first time his Symphonica tour has landed in the UK.

Billowing red curtains opened to reveal George in front of a giant red LED kaleidoscope wall, as he opened with Through. Next up, a change of pace for a cover of My Baby Just Cares For Me.

Dressed in his trademark black suit and black glasses – sadly, no Club Tropicana shirts – 48-year-old George’s silky croon sounded as good as it ever did.
 
The singer, not adverse to a funny cigarette or three, also joked about his well documented struggles with drugs as he covered New Order’s True Faith, saying: “This is a song about the nature of addiction... which, of course, I know nothing about.”

Good to have you back, Mr Michael.

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