George Michael cancels Australian tour due to ‘major anxiety’

Singer apologises to fans on his official website as he seeks treatment

George Michael has pulled his forthcoming Australian tour, citing “major anxiety” as the cause for the cancellation.

The singer was due to kick off his tour of Australia in Perth on November 10 before moving on to Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and finishing at Hunter Valley on December 1. All dates have now been cancelled.

Writing on his official website, Michael apologised to fans and said that he plans to “seek treatment” for “major anxiety”, which he says he’s had since contracting pneumonia in December last year.


He wrote: “I have today (September 29) announced the cancellation of the shows in Australia which breaks my heart. By way of explanation all I can say at this time is that since last year’s illness I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience.

“They recommended complete rest and the type of post traumatic counselling which is available in cases like mine but I’m afraid I believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be therapy enough in itself.”

He continued: “Unfortunately I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be and although I was right to believe that the shows would bring me great happiness and that my voice would recover completely (I truly think that some of my recent performances have been my best ever) I was wrong to think I could work my way through the major anxiety that has plagued me since I left Austria last December.”

George Michael was hospitalised with pneumonia in December last year after falling ill prior to a gig in Austria. The singer revealed that doctors in the Vienna hospital spent three weeks keeping him alive.

Earlier this year, George Michael rescheduled the remaining dates of his ‘Symphonica’ tour. The tour, which will see the singer performing live with a large orchestra, hits Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena tomorrow (October 1).

George Michael will play:


Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (October 1)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (3)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (5, 6)
Manchester Evening News Arena (9)
Liverpool Echo Arena (10)
London Earls Court (13, 14, 17)

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