June 20, 2012 11:28
Wham! set to reform 30 years after their first hit?
George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley are reportedly planning a 'one-off pop extravaganza'
Wham! are set to reform for a one-off show to mark the release of their first single, it has been claimed.
George Michael - who recently recovered from life-threatening pneumonia - and Andrew Ridgeley are planning a "pop extravaganza", according to the Daily Mirror.
A source was quoted as saying: "George and Andrew have often said their 'Club Tropicana' days are well behind them. But seeing as their anniversary coincides with George releasing new material, it's one of those 'now or never' moments." The source added:
They probably won't do a long tour or release new material like Take That but they do want to commemorate the event with a big gig... and an even bigger party afterwards! Things are still in the early stages but everybody is getting really excited about it.
According to the report, a reunion had been planned in 2006 but the reclusive Ridgeley was "too sick with nerves" to join his old bandmate onstage.
Yesterday, George Michael announced that he would be debuting his new single 'White Light', which recounts his illness, on June 29, to mark 30 years since his first single with Wham!, 'Wham Rap (Enjoy What You Do)'. It failed to chart, but was a Top Ten hit when re-released early the following year. The band's first hit was 'Young Guns (Go For It!)', a Number Three UK hit in October 1982.
George Michael rescheduled the remaining dates of his 'Symphonica' tour this year, which will see the singer performing live with a large orchestra.
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)
Why a Wham! reunion would be amazing
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