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Art & Culture: The wait is finally over for George Michael’s fans, as he announces he will tour again... and Nice will be one of his 47 shows

Global superstar George Michael to the Riviera

With big stars including Beyonce and Shakira programmed to land in the Côte d’Azur from June, it was already looking like it was going to be a bumper summer for music fans in the region. And now, perhaps most exciting of all for many, is news that George Michael will be joining this line up of international stars in the Côte’s capital.

Copyright: Caroline True

The news may come as shock, given that only three years ago, Michael declared to the world that he was retiring from touring and would not perform live again.

Now, after a tough year, in which he served a prison sentence for driving under the influence of cannabis, Michael has surprised everyone with his announcement of a comeback album and tour this summer.

He will make his eagerly awaited return to the stage with Symphonica: The European Orchestral Tour with 47 dates around Europe, including an appearance in Nice’s Palais Nikaia on the 22nd of September.

Considered to be one of Britain’s greatest singer and songwriter, he will perform not only a carefully chosen selection of his own songs, spanning his remarkable 3-decade-long career, but he will also cover some of his favourite songs from other artists.

The tour begins in August in the Czech capital of Prague and will continue on to visit other prestigious venues, with the Royal Opera of London and the Opera Garnier in Paris among them.

The international superstar also intends to record a new album during breaks in the tour and told press he wants to work with gay and gay-friendly musicians on the album.

Michael admits he is worried that press coverage of his reckless behavior in the past has had a negative impact on image of the gay community.

His latest misdemeanor, which saw him crash his car into a branch of Snappy Snaps in London, resulted in the singer being sentenced to eight weeks in Pentonville Prison in 2010.

His scandalous past aside, Michael has had a distinguished music career, selling over 100 million albums, and he still has legions of adoring fans who will no doubt be lining up for the chance to see their idol at the Nikaia in September.

Tickets prices from 57 euros.

For info tel. 04 97 25 81 36

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