George Michael nixes rest of Symphonica tour on doctors' orders
George Michael, who has been fighting pneumonia, has postponed the remainder of the concert dates on his Symphonica tour, it was announced Friday. Doctors' orders, it seems.
After postponing four shows that were to happen this week, Michael remains hospitalized with the pneumonia that hit him in Vienna.
"His condition has stabilized and he is responding to treatment," said Drs. Christoph Zielinski and Thomas Staudinger said in a statement, speaking on behalf of the hospital where the 48-year-old singer is being treated as an inpatient.
"From the current point of view, the time until recovery cannot be estimated, but he will not be able to perform the rest of the tour. Besides medical treatment, complete rest and peace and quiet are mandatory."
The statement on his website notes that "George was very much looking forward to bringing his tour back home and performing for his loyal and dedicated UK fan base." Fans were being told to hang on to their tickets while arrangements are made to reschedule the shows.
Michael was taken to the hospital Monday, shortly before he was to go onstage in Vienna. His spokeswoman on Friday dismissed rumors that the singer might be suffering heart problems.
"George Michael is ill with pneumonia and any other speculation regarding his illness is unfounded and untrue," she said in a statement.
— Christie D'Zurilla
Reuters contributed to this report.
Photos, from left: George Michael performing in Milan, Italy, on Nov. 11 (credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images); Vienna General Hospital, where he is being treated (Georg Hochmuth / European Pressphoto Agency).