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George Michael reschedules shows canceled during pneumonia scare

George Michael reschedules shows

George Michael is healthy enough to think about going back on tour, rescheduling the Symphonica concert dates he had to cancel when he was hospitalized with pneumonia at the end of last year and adding a couple of shows for good measure.

Michael revealed in December that he'd been near death for several weeks after falling ill in November, and on Tuesday he once again expressed his gratitude.

"I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you first to the doctors and nurses who saved my life and took such great care of me and to all my fans, family and friends for their love and support," the singer said on his official website. "I'm looking forward to seeing everyone."

Michael was so thankful, as a matter of fact, that he donated 1,000 tickets to the medical staff at AKH Hospital for the Sept. 4 kickoff show -- an addition to the tour -- in Vienna, Austria.

He'll also hit dates in the Netherlands and France before returning to Britain for shows in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Sheffield, Newcastle, Cardiff and Liverpool, ending with three nights in London in October. See the tour specifics here.


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George Michael says he was at death's door

George Michael, short of breath while speaking to reporters outside his London home on Friday, thanked doctors in Austria for their care during "by far, the worst month" of his life, and hinted at the dire nature of his condition while he'd been in the hospital.

"They spent three weeks keeping me alive, basically," said the singer, 48, who had to cancel a number of dates at the end of his Symphonica tour after contracting streptococcus pneumonia. He was taken to AKH Hospital in late November, nixing his Nov. 21 show just two hours before it was to start.

Michael, who was released from the hospital Thursday and looked thin on camera Friday, said he was still weak but felt "amazing." His team had downplayed the severity of his illness, he said, thanking fans for their good wishes while he was ill and apologizing for not being able to reach out before now. He also revealed he'd had a tracheotomy, which would suggest he'd had some serious trouble breathing.

"Apparently the hospital in Austria that they rushed me to was absolutely the best place in the world I could have been to deal with pneumonia, so I have to believe that somebody thinks I've still got some work to do here," Michael said.

"If I wasn't spiritual enough before the last four-five weeks," he added, "then I certainly am now."

Michael said he plans to add a show for the medical folks in Austria who he said saved his life.



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Photo: George Michael outside his London home on Dec. 23. He fought back tears after acknowledging he'd been at death's door with pneumonia. Credit: Max Nash / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images

George Michael nixes rest of Symphonica tour on doctors' orders

George Michael is in the hospital

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.


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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).


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