George Michael Announces First North American Tour in 17 Years, a New Album and Makes American Acting Debut



    NEW YORK, March 24 /CNW/ -- After performing 80 shows in 12 European
countries for a staggering 1.3 million fans over the past year alone,
legendary superstar George Michael will be bringing his smash 25 LIVE tour to
North American Arenas in the summer of 2008 in support of his new
retrospective record.  This will be Michael's first North American tour in 17
years.  The new record, titled Twenty-Five, will be released April 1st and is
a 29-song, 2-CD set featuring several new songs (including duets with
superstars Paul McCartney and Mary J. Blige) in addition to many of Michael's
iconic songs from both his solo and WHAM! career.  In addition, a companion
2-disc DVD of 40 videos will also be made available.
    
    (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080324/NYM010 )
    
    The 25 LIVE tour broke several ticket sales records, most notably in
Copenhagen.  Michael's concert at The Parken Stadium sold over 50,000 tickets
in the matter of minutes, shattering the previous ticket sales record at the
venue, formerly held by U2.  On the 25 LIVE tour, Michael left both fans and
critics alike in awe:
    
    "It was a master class in pop genius." -- The Observer
    
    "George proved he is simply one of the best vocalists this country has
ever produced.  A stunning performance." -- The Sun
    "Worth waiting for.  The show was, in every single meaning of the word,
perfect." -- De Morgen
    "A tremendous singer, a complete showman, all George Michael needs is a
mike, his songs, and the magic on stage is instantaneous." -- La Parisien
    The North American leg of the 25 LIVE tour will kick off in San Diego on
June 17th and will continue through San Jose, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle,
Vancouver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York and several other
major cities.  The tour will incorporate 22 shows over the course of seven
weeks and Michael will perform material taken from the entire span of his
career, including some classic Wham! tracks.  Michael has recently teamed up
with iTunes and Ticketmaster to produce an innovative media package which
allows fans rare access to Michael's videos, songs, and tickets to one of his
North American 25 LIVE concerts.  The package goes on sale on iTunes on March
25th.  Tickets to the 25 LIVE tour will go on sale to the general public the
weekend of April 6th.
    George Michael has enjoyed one of the most successful and enduring
careers in the history of pop music, selling more than 85 million records
globally and encompassing seven U.S. No. 1 singles, two Grammy awards, three
American Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and two prestigious Ivor
Novello awards for songwriting.  His record "Faith" has sold over 20 million
copies alone.  In addition, Michael has garnered 11 British No. 1 singles and
seven British No. 1 albums.  He recently was declared the most played British
artist on radio over the course of the last 20 years.  On March 27th, Michael
can be seen making his American acting debut on the new hit ABC series, Eli
Stone, in which each episode is titled after one of his songs.
    For more information about the George Michael, please visit:
www.georgemichael.com


    OFFICIAL 25 LIVE U.S. CONCERT DATES:

    
    6/17    San Diego/San Diego Sports Arena
    6/19    San Jose/HP Pavilion
    6/21    Las Vegas/MGM Grand
    6/22    Phoenix/US Airways Center
    6/25    Los Angeles/Great Western Forum
    7/2     Seattle/Key Arena
    7/4     Vancouver/General Motors Place
    7/7     St Paul/Xcel Energy Center
    7/9     Chicago/United Center
    7/13    Dallas/American Airlines Center
    7/14    Houston/Toyota Center
    7/17    Toronto/Air Canada Centre
    7/18    Montreal/Bell Centre
    7/21    New York/MSG
    7/23    New York/MSG
    7/26    Philadelphia/Wachovia Center
    7/27    Boston/TD Banknorth Garden
    7/29    Washington DC/Verizon Center
    7/31    Atlanta/Philips Arena
    8/2     Tampa/St Pete Times Forum
    8/3     Sunrise/Bank Atlantic Center
    




For further information:

For further information: North America, Cindi Berger or Bianca Bianconi
of  PMK-HBH Public Relations, +1-212-582-1111; or International, Connie
Filippello  of Connie Filippello Publicity, +44-207-229-5400 Web Site:
http://www.georgemichael.com

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