Anyone who knows me will know without doubt that I am a devotee of Mr. George Michael. The man has the voice of a God and when, after being a fan since I was like 5, I got to see him live in Melbourne, Australia last year it furthered my belief. As he belted out hit after hit with all the passion, vigour and pitch perfection you’d expect from someone singing these songs just after they came out. Anyways, yeah, in a sea of male vocalist droners George Michael is a true singer.
So if you haven’t been keeping up with current events George Michael has been touring Europe with his ‘Symphonica’ show. Performing his songs, re-orchestrated, with a symphony behind him. (see: Heaven On Earth). During the tour, though, he has come down with a bout of pneumonia and has been holed up in an Austrian Hospital.
GeorgeMichael.com reported on November 25th :
It’s with great sadness that GeorgeMichael.com must announce the postponement of the remaining dates on the Symphonica tour due to George’s on-going battle with pneumonia.
While George is receiving excellent medical care and is responding to treatment and slowly improving, to ensure his complete well-being, George’s doctors have advised that he cannot perform the rest of his Symphonica tour and that he instead takes a full and complete rest.
Prof. Dr. Christoph Zielinski, Chairman, Department of Medicine General Hospital – Medical University Vienna, Austria and Prof. Dr. Thomas Staudinger, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine have stated the following:
“George Michael has severe community acquired pneumonia and is being treated as an inpatient. His condition has stabilized and he is responding to treatment. From the current point of view, the time until recovery cannot be estimated, but he will not be able to perform the rest of the tour. Besides medical treatment, complete rest and peace and quiet are mandatory.”
As a result, all of the UK dates of the Symphonica European tour will be postponed. George was very much looking forward to bringing his tour back home and performing for his loyal and dedicated UK fan base.
Discussions and preparations are currently under way in order to arrange the rescheduled dates and further announcements will be made at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime, tickets holders are asked to retain their tickets.