George Michael to recount near death experience in new song ‘White Light’

Singer tweets that he's written 'a blinder' of a new track

George Michael has revealed that he has written a song about his time in hospital last year.

The singer was forced to cancel a swathe of tour dates at the end of last year after he was admitted to hospital with pneumonia. Speaking late last year, Michael said that doctors in Vienna had spent three weeks “keeping him alive” and described his time in hospital as “the worst month of my life”.

Now recovered, the singer tweeted via earlier today (April 4) that he had been hard at work in the studio on a new track, which is titled ‘White Light’.

He wrote: “I’ve been a busy boy in the studio this week, mixing symphonica and finally ready to write about what happened to me in Vienna. You may recall my reference to those strange individuals who took the time to pray for my death as I lay in my hospital bed back in November. Don’t think I don’t realise how many of you out there prayed for my recovery.”

He continued: “I thank you all from the deepest part of my soul. And I will repay your unending kindness the only way I know how. With music. Yesterday I began to write a song called ‘White Light’. It’s for all of you, for everyone who prayed for me. And I promise you it’s a blinder.”

Last month, George Michael rescheduled the remaining dates of his ‘Symphonica’ tour. The tour, which will see the singer performing live with a large orchestra, now begins at Birmingham’s LG Arena on September 16 and runs until October 17 when he plays the final show of three at London’s Earls Court.

George Michael will play:

Birmingham LG Arena (September 16, 17)
Manchester Evening News Arena (21, October 9)
Glasgow SECC (23, 24)
London Royal Albert Hall (29)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (October 1)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (3)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (5, 6)
Liverpool Echo Arena (9)
London Earls Court (13, 14, 17)

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