In news that will shock many and come as a bitter disappointment to many more, touring agent Dainty Group has moments ago revealed that pop superstar George Michael has cancelled his forthcoming Australian tour.
George was due to play nine dates across the country, three of which (in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide) were completely sold out.
In a statement, George says, “I have today announced the cancellation of the shows in Australia which breaks my heart. By way of explanation all I can say at this time is that 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 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. Unfortunately I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be and 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 and to promise faithfully that as soon as I complete these shows here in the UK I will receive the treatment which is so long overdue,” he said.
Sadly, at this stage, there’s no mention of replacement dates or even a hint that they’ll be re-scheduled in the months ahead.
All tickets will be refunded by Friday October 12.
November 10 : Perth (Perth Arena) CANCELLED
November 13 : Adelaide (Entertainment Centre) CANCELLED
November 14 : Adelaide (Entertainment Centre) CANCELLED
November 17 : Sydney (Allphones Arena) CANCELLED
November 18 : Sydney (Allphones Arena) CANCELLED
November 21 : Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena) CANCELLED
November 22 : Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena) CANCELLED
November 27 : Brisbane (Entertainment Centre) CANCELLED
December 01 : Hunter Valley (Hope Estate Winery) CANCELLED