George Michael is to go on tour again nearly three years after he said he would quit live performance – this time accompanied by a symphony orchestra.
The singer announced a 47-date tour of Europe starting in Prague’s State Opera House in August.
Symphonica – The Orchestral Tour will include 12 dates in the UK at venues including the Royal Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as dates in Cardiff, Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester.
Speaking at a news conference at the Royal Opera House in London, the former Wham! star said he intended to record a new album during breaks in the tour.
“I felt very re-energised after my recent troubles, I felt it was really what I want to do as an artist,” he said.
“As an artist, I think I have said before that I am really not interested or excited by repeating former successes.”