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George Michael adds extra UK dates to Symphonica tour

June 12, 2011

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George Michael, who quit touring in 2008, is set to return to live performing in August. A major tour of Europe will kick off in Prague in the Czech Republic on 22 August, with the 47-year-old singer backed by a full symphony orchestra.

   Symphonica: The Orchestral Tour will now include 19 concerts in the UK in October, November and December – with six extra UK dates having been added in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and London.

   A special charity performance will be held at the Royal Opera House on 6 November in aid of the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s Aids foundation.

   During the Symphonica tour, Michael is expected to perform a “carefully chosen selection” of his old songs, as well as some of his favourite songs by other artists.

   “I think musically this tour and album will be surprising because I’m being far more true to myself,” said the former Wham star. “I feel very re-energised after my recent troubles.”

   He added: “The idea of singing with symphonic orchestras around the world is because I heard Tony Bennett had done it recently, and I thought, ‘What a nice idea’. Singing with this kind of backing has been very attractive to me for a long time.”


October 25 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

October 26 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

October 28 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

October 29 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

November 1 – DUBLIN, 02 Arena

November 6 – LONDON, Royal Opera House

November 26 – CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena

November 27 – CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena

November 30 – LIVERPOOL, Echo Arena

December 2 – SHEFFIELD, Motorpoint Arena

December 3 – NEWCASTLE, Metro Radio Arena

December 6 – GLASGOW, SECC

December 7 – GLASGOW, SECC

December 9 – BIRMINGHAM, LG Arena

December 10 – BIRMINGHAM, LG Arena

December 12 – MANCHESTER, MEN Arena

December 13 – MANCHESTER, MEN Arena

December 16 – LONDON, Earl’s Court

December 17 – LONDON, Earl’s Court

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Barry Manilow revives greatest songs of the Eighties on new album

October 16, 2008

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He’s done the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, now Barry Manilow is set to give us his take on a dozen classic songs from the 1980s with his latest album, The Greatest Songs Of The Eighties, which is released on November 25, 2008.


Working with longtime mentor and collaborator Clive Davis, 65-year-old Manilow sets out to whisk us back to the decade of legwarmers, fad diets, shoulder pads and conspicuous consumption as he tackles hits such as Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ from 1987, Stevie Wonder’s 1984 hit ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’, Wham’s ‘Careless Whisper’ from 1983, and ‘Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)’ – a hit for Phil Collins in 1984.


Manilow also duets with Reba McEntire on ‘Islands in the Stream’ – a huge hit for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton in 1983.


Manilow’s best-selling series of tribute albums includes The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties (released in January 2006) which became his first Number One album since the double-LP Barry Manilow Live in 1977. This was followed by The Greatest Songs Of The Sixties (October 2006) and TheGreatest Songs Of The Seventies (September 2007). The three albums have already sold more than two million copies in the United States alone.


The Greatest Songs Of The Eighties marks the fourth collaboration between Barry Manilow and music mogul Clive Davis who was a perennial collaborator with Manilow on virtually all of his early recordings. They first worked together on ‘Mandy’, Manilow’s debut Number One single in 1974.


“No one can reinvent the great classics better than Barry Manilow,” said Davis. “He breathes new life and vitality into these truly wonderful songs and they sound fresh and time­less.”


The tracklisting is expected to include:


‘Islands in the Stream’ (with Reba McEntire)
’Open Arms’
’Never Gonna Give You Up’
’Have I Told You Lately’
’I Just Called to Say I Love You’
’Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)’
’Careless Whisper’
’Right Here Waiting’
’Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)’
’Hard to Say I’m Sorry’
’Time After Time’
’I’ve Had the Time of My Life’

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George Michael denies plans for Wham! reunion

July 30, 2008


George Michael has dismissed reports he is set to reunite with former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley for two concerts at Earls Court, London in August 2008.


The pair were rumoured to be teaming up to perform several songs during the Earls Court shows which will mark the end of Michael’s touring career. The reunion had been predicted as part of a series of retirement “surprises”. But Michael’s official spokesperson insists the star has no plans to appear on stage with Ridgeley.


The 45 year old singer is currently on what he says is his final tour of the US, after insisting he is “too old” to play any future arena concerts.


George Michael’s latest album, Twenty Five, was released in the UK in November 2006. The 29-song, 2CD set chronicles his career – from early Wham! tracks such as ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ and ‘Last Christmas’, to more recent hits such as ‘Jesus To A Child’ and ‘Outside’. The album also includes duets with Paul McCartney, Mary J. Blige and former Sugababe Mutya Buena.


A companion 2-disc Twenty Five DVD, featuring 40 videos, is now also available. 

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