George Michael cancelling shows due to ‘anxiety’
Singer and frequenter of the press George Michael has had to cancel the Australian leg of his ‘Symphonica’ tour, telling his fans that he is battling major ‘anxiety’.
Michael, 49, suffered a severe case of pneumonia last year, affecting many of his shows. He announced this most news in a statement on his site:
“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. They recommended complete rest and the type of post traumatic counselling which is available in cases like mine. 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. Unfortunately I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be.”
“Although I was right to believe that the shows would bring me great happiness and that my voice would recover completely (I truly think that some of my recent performances have been my best ever), 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.”
The tour dates were originally rescheduled due to the illness which kept the singer in an Austrian hospital for an entire month last year. The singer has already completed a series of dates on the continent which included a gig last night at the Royal Albert Hall, London last night.
The Aussie tour was due to open in Perth on November 10th with gigs planned in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, finishing in the Hunter Valley on December 1st. George concluded his statement online with the promise that he will seek long overdue treatment as soon as he completes his dates in the UK.
George Michael fans in Australia will be given full refunds for their tickets, although those with tickets for Perth on the November 10th have been offered the chance to see Elton John instead, which is surely an unmissable opportunity.
Article By Emma Sankey