George Michael Talks about the Symphonica Tour and More

George Michael has an interview with Wales Online.  Here is a recap:

On the Symphonica Tour

“And my audiences are just so amazing now, they really are. I can sort of feel their love and gratitude when I’m on stage and I think that comes from them having so many of their life experiences attached to my music over the  years.”

“One of the ways they’ve (his fans) shown their appreciation to me on this tour is by being so patient with the songs I’m performing. I’m sure there have been numbers that they’ve never heard of, or the occasional jazz standard or whatever, but they’ve just seemed totally prepared to go on this musical journey with me. I think that really shows the level of fans that I have.”

On the Pneumonia and Coma

“What I do remember, though, was feeling this terrible, terrible guilt and pity for what my family, friends and my new partner had to see me go through,” he admits.

“They literally spent two or three weeks not knowing if I was going to make it, and if that had happened to me in reverse – if it had been one of my sisters fighting for her life – well I know I’d have been absolutely devastated.

“For my part, though, I didn’t realise the danger I was in until after it was all over.”

On “White Light” and the New Album

“It’s really a celebration of my coming through pneumonia last year,” he says of his new single. “Pretty much everything I do is autobiographical, and in this case, having come close to death, I knew something good musically would come out of it. A lot of people were expecting me to write a ballad, but I wanted something uplifting and positive, hence the dance track.”

George says the new album is “going very well”.

“I’d say this album lies somewhere between Faith and Older in terms of content and it’s probably the most radio-friendly album I’ve made in a long, long time. It’s pretty upbeat and I’m sure that my fans will like it, although I’ll be waiting for them to let me know which tracks they think will be the potential classics. I haven’t settled on a title yet, so watch this space. I think it’ll be out early next year.”

On Success

“I don’t know how it happened, I really don’t. But I’m still here and my new single really kind of says I’m not ready to go anywhere. In my business, success is something that can sort of slip away from people after a while. And not just success but also the inspiration and the self-doubt that’s needed to keep you trying to do better.”

“For me there’s always this possibility that you’ve lost something that you’re not aware of. And that’s exciting, you know. Because the day that I’m not  worried anymore is the day that I should stop. I think if you’re complacent about your talent then it can definitely drift. That’s much less likely to happen if you realise what a privilege it is to be talented and successful in this business.”

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George Michael Cancels Tour of Australia

George Michael cancelled his Australian tour on Sunday because of “major anxiety” related to the pneumonia that nearly killed him last year. The Australian leg of the tour was supposed to start in Perth on November 10.

“Since last year’s illness I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience,” George wrote on his web site.

“I was wrong to think I could work my way through the major anxiety that has plagued me since I left Austria last December.

“As soon as I complete these shows here in the UK I will receive the treatment which is so long overdue.”

Michael said doctors had recommended complete rest and counselling but he had “believed wrongly that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences… would be therapy enough in itself.”

Though he said his voice had recovered completely, adding that “I truly think that some of my recent performances have been my best ever,” Michael said there had been a heavy psychological toll.

“Unfortunately I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be,” George said.

Chugg Entertainment announced that Sir Elton John and his band will be the first act to open the newly constructed Perth Arena with a second Perth Concert on Saturday 10 November.

The event will be performed “Under The Stars” with the Arena roof open. Elton John’s other Perth concert, already sold out, is on Monday 12 November.

This concert by Sir Elton John replaces the George Michael concert scheduled for 10 November. Customers who currently hold tickets to George Michael’s Perth Arena concert on November 10 have the option to use these tickets for the new opening event, Elton John, on the same night, or to obtain a refund on their tickets. Ticketek will contact ticket holders to advise of the process to be followed.

In a statement Sir Elton John said he is excited to be the opening act of Perth’s new home of entertainment.

“My dear friend George Michael has been giving some amazing performances on the Symphonica tour, and I’m very sorry that he can’t play the Perth concert.

“But I’m more than happy to step in for him and play the opening night at the brand new Perth Arena on November 10.”

“It is a fabulous building and I’m told we can even have the roof open for our concert and play under the stars!

“My band and I will make absolutely sure that Perth Arena has an unforgettable opening night, and we are looking forward to seeing the city come out in force to celebrate this stunning new building,” he said.

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New George Michael Interview

The Daily Express has a new interview with George Michael.  Here is a quick recap of what George Michael said.

“White Light”

… as the chorus suggests it wasn’t my time to see that light, so thank goodness for that. What’s strange, though, is that so many people were expecting me to write a ballad about the whole experience. But I thought, how morbid would that be? I wanted the song to be a complete celebration of my surviving it.

Pneumonia

The doctors told me that I’d had untreated pneumonia for like three or four weeks and I’d been singing and doing five shows a week as my lungs slowly filled up with fluid. But strangely enough during all that time I’d actually felt fine.

 Audience

 My audiences are amazing. I can sort of feel their love and gratitude when I’m on stage. On this particular tour I was pretty impressed that they were so patient with the fact that often I was singing numbers they’d probably never heard of, rather than just my own songs.

Twitter

It’s lovely for me to read all the messages that people post because they’re generally very positive.

George Michael Interviews for White Light

George Michael has been doing quite a few interviews this week.  George Michael’s interview with London’s LBC radio station is available here.  Below is a quick recap of some of the things he has been talking about.

His Mum

George Michael revealed his mom encouraged him to fight for his life while he was in the hospital with pneumonia, he said during an interview for UK TV show Lorraine.

“I would like to focus on the fantastic good fortune I had in dodging the bullet, as it were,” he said. “In that strange place between life and death I was definitely feeling my mother kind of basically saying, ‘Don’t you dare come and meet me yet, I am not ready and you are not ready.'”

George explained why Kate Moss was his choice for the woman who saves his life in the “White Light” video.

“I wanted someone who would represent the most beautiful woman in the world,” he said.  “and as far as I am concerned that is how I remember my mother, as being the most beautiful woman in the world. In a strange way, Kate represents my mother, you know.

“White Light is my way of thanking fate and my fans all at once, I suppose.”

Rupert Murdoch

George Michael talked about Rupert Murdoch, saying: “I’m delighted that the man has lived long enough to see what’s happened because I’ve actually been on Murdoch Watch since I was about 19, honestly, watching this man, believing he was truly the most evil character on the planet, and that he had worked his way through the media to become the most powerful yet unelected man in the world.”

Madonna

On London’s Heart 106.2 on Thursday, George Michael said of his first meeting with Madonna: “I will tell you the first time we ever met, we were both in this club in L.A. and it was very like being at the school canteen.

“Basically somebody came over to my table and said ‘Madonna would really like to meet you’… (I thought) that’d be nice, cheeky cow. I proceeded to follow this woman over to Madonna’s table where she was talking to Kevin Bacon at the time and I stood there and she just ignored me, which is kind of what you do at school when you fancy someone isn’t it? You pretend not to like them.

“She didn’t try to seduce me, no… I didn’t stand there for very long!”

Musical

George Michael revealed his dream of making his songs into a stage show during his interview with London’s Heart 106.2 radio station, and told listeners he is looking for a “good writer” to collaborate with on a musical.

He says, “I’m considering it right now actually, for the first time ever. I don’t know if it’s related to what I went through last year, but I’m considering it for the first time, handing my material over to some very good writer and finding a great storyline because so many people want it and it’s obviously a no-brainer in terms of whether I think it would do well.

“It would be a George Michael catalog and it would include a couple of Wham! things.”

George Michael Woke from Coma with Different Accent

When George Michael awoke from his three-week coma last year, he talked with a broad West Country accent.

George said it took two day to revert to his normal accent.

“I swear this is true,” George told London’s LBC radio station on Tuesday. “I came out of my coma talking in this West Country accent.”

“The doctors were worried that I had this condition where some people wake up speaking French or some language they learned at school,” he said.

Foreign Accent Syndrome is a rare medical condition in which people emerge from a neurological injury speaking in an entirely different accent.

“There’s nothing wrong with a West Country accent,” George said, “but it’s a bit weird when you’re from north London.

“My sisters, who were obviously so relieved that I’d actually woken up, were just laughing away at this stand up comedy.”

Could George Michael’s House Be Haunted?

A number of articles are discussing possible paranormal activity in George Michael neighborhood.

One article, Ghost hunters tell George Michael his Highgate home may be haunted, said:

Ghosthunter Mickey Gocool, who has been investigating spirits from the other side for more than a decade, said: “Highgate has one of the highest levels of paranormal activity in the country and George Michael’s home is precisely the kind of historic house that might have activity.

“Although there is no real knowing from the outside whether a house has a lot of paranormal activity, but from my experience I can get a sense of things.

“Everyone feels it, you walk into a room and it is a bit spooky, you hair stands on end, that is what it is like sensing a spirit.”

A second article, Ghostbusters want to go-go to George Michael’s pad, said:

Chief investigator Micky Gocool, 46, would like George to invite him in to explore any “unexplained activity” with his ghostbusting tools.

He said: “I don’t know if George would be interested, but I might be able to answer his questions. I think on a personal level he would be curious, but because of his profile he might not be as keen.

“This is a major thing in the world of celebrities. Lady Gaga has her own team of investigators when she comes to England. Will Smith, Robbie Williams and Adele do too.”

A third article, George Michael spooked by ghost busters outside Highgate pad, said:

Mr Gocool, from Lordship Lane in Wood Green, said: “I quite often see George Michael in Highgate, I have known him for what seems like a hundred years.

“He is a really nice guy, but I think he must have been surprised when more people were talking to us than him.”

George Michael Now in Australia

George Michael has moved on from his holiday in Maldives and is now with Fadi Fawaz in Australia.  According to Confidential, George Michael said he was “all but” better and hoped to be back on stage soon.

“I don’t know if you heard, but I nearly died,” he said after lunching at Sydney restaurant Otto Ristorante.

“I’m feeling great … everything’s back in check.”

Confirming he is “just holidaying” after shelving his April Symphonic concert dates, the 48-year-old singer hinted: “I’ll be here a couple of weeks … I may be back for Mardi Gras. We’ll see.”

Fadi Fawaz posted a photo of the pair at the Sydney Opera House on Twitter, saying “It doesn’t get any much better than this. The most beautiful view and the most beautiful man :)”

George Michael on Holiday

George Michael’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz is posting pictures of their holiday.  George said Fadi is posting the photos because, “I jumped in the decking pool with my iPhone in my shorts pocket yesterday. AAArghh!”

George is on his “First real holiday in many years. Bliss. Not the slightest chance of controversy. I may have to flash room service or summat,” he wrote to his Twitter audience.

 

George Michael’s Recovery “Quicker” than Expected

George Michael has been talking about his recovery from pneumonia and new songs he is working on.

George said, “Even my tracheotomy scar is healing nicely in the sun, was looking a bit Bride of Chucky for a while. Spoke to doctors before I came away and they told me my recovery is way quicker than can usually be expected so I’m happy as Larry.”

He also said: “People, I’m excited….just finishing a ballad that I think is going to make you think my eighties self has been re-born! Which I suppose it has in a way. :)”

New Photos of George Michael and New Posts on Twitter

The Daily Mail is showing new photos of George Michael out on the town last night. There are also references to George Michael’s Twitter posts about the day before he went into septic shock.

This is the new song that he had added to the lineup before he was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia.  George Michael said, “Before I go, should clarify earlier comment about  “The Recluse”. When I said it put me in hospital, I meant that I added it to the set in Frankfurt, and it seemed to be the last straw as far as my body was concerned. Fecking great song though. String players. Dogz Bollocks!”

Brooke Shields Talks about George Michael … Again

Brooke Shields is on the Jonathan Ross show talking about George Michael again:

He said to the driver, to drive around for a bit. I was like, “This is it, it’s going to happen.” It’s going to be in the back of a limo and it’s going to be with Wham. And the partition went up and then he said to me, I think we need to take a break, I need to concentrate on my career. And I was like, “Oh,” I was so heartbroken. I went back to college and when I heard the song, never going to dance again I thought it was about me.

George’s Response to “Christians For A Moral America”

While George Michael was ill, there was a great uproar about Twitter posts from “Christians For A Moral America.” One of the reported posts said “Pray for George Michael’s demise. He has chosen a satanic lifestyle and must meet an appropriate end.”

After reading a little bit about this, I read that “Christians For A Moral America” was one person, and I thought such negativity was not needed at such a trying time.

George Michael has since read about it and has posted his reaction on his Twitter account.

George Michael Celebrates Christmas at Home with Friends and Family

George Michael has posted to his Twitter account that he celebrated Christmas with family and friends:

Best Christmas I can remember, surrounded by the people I love…

And knowing that Xmas could have been very different this year for everyone at that table….

As it was we stuffed and laughed ourselves silly, I’m such a lucky man! I hope you all had a great one.

It’s not over of course, I have a house full of sleeping guests and a bunch more friends coming over today. Hangovers strictly forbidden 🙂