George Michael unveils near-death inspired new single ‘White Light’

Singer has said his new single was inspired by his battle with pneumonia in late 2011

George Michael has unveiled his new single ‘White Light’, which he has said was inspired by his near-death experience at the end of 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 has debuted his comeback single, which you can hear by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Speaking previously about the track, he said: “I wrote 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 ‘White Light’. It’s for all of you, for everyone who prayed for me. And I promise you it’s a blinder.”

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, 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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