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George Michael Cancels Australia Tour Dates Due To ‘Major Anxiety’

George Michael Cancels Australia Tour Dates Due To 'Major Anxiety'

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British singer George Michael has  cancelled his tour of Australia due to “major anxiety” brought  on by his recent battle with severe pneumonia, he announced on  his website.

The former Wham! frontman said that he would complete his  Symphonica Tour dates in Britain in October before seeking  treatment.

He had been due to open in Australia in Perth on Nov. 10  before performing in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and  Hunter Valley on Dec. 1.

“I have … announced the cancellation of the shows in  Australia which breaks my heart,” Michael said in a statement.

The 49-year-old “Careless Whisper” and “Faith” singer fell  ill in Vienna last November and was treated under intensive care  for a month for a life-threatening illness.

He was forced to postpone his tour but resumed it some 10  months later.

“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,” Michael said.

“They recommended complete rest … but I’m afraid I  believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to  perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be  therapy enough in itself.”

He said his return to the stage had brought him “great  happiness” and that some of his recent performances were his  best to date, but concluded:

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

“All that’s left for me to do is apologise to my wonderful  Australian fan base and to promise faithfully that as soon as I  completed these shows here in the UK, I will receive the  treatment which is so long overdue.”

Tickets to his Australian concerts will be refunded.

Michael has sold an estimated 100 million records over his  career, but he has hit headlines in recent years for his  personal life more often than for his music.

In 1998 he was arrested in California for “engaging in a   lewd act” in a public toilet and has had a string of run-ins  with British police for possession of narcotics. He also served  a term in jail for driving under the influence of cannabis.

 

 

by Mike Collett-White

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