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George Michael Announces Orchestral Tour, Says That He Has Let Young Gay People Down


A cleaned-up George Michael held a press conference this morning to announce "Symphonica -- The Orchestral Tour" in which he'll play 47 dates with a full orchestra beginning at the State Opera House in Prague on August 22.

Michael also told reporters that he would be recording a "dance-themed" album featuring other gay artists, the AP reports:

"In terms of staying on the straight and narrow, then there's nothing better than work that you love...So I thought I should tour sooner rather than later, to keep that impetus, to keep driving me to take care of myself and to appreciate what I have. [Michael said that when he made mistakes, he was] letting young gay people down [due to the] homophobia that was thrown at me [and wanted to] defend gay children from some of that language...There are things about this next album where I am going to try and make up for some of the damage that I have inadvertently caused."

Watch some (and listen to all) of his press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Is he trying to look awful, or is it just a coincidence? That thing on his chin is disastrous.

    He and the Pet Shop Boys should consider retiring instead of putting out these orchestras and ballet soundtracks. Most of their old fans won't be interested, and I doubt they'll find many new ones. Once you've established yourself in a certain genre---particularly music considered fluff pop by many---it's next to impossible to successfully shift gears. And I say that as a PSB fan, though even many of their regular albums haven't been so great in recent years.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 11, 2011 8:23:33 PM

  2. It is good to see him getting back into the swing of things. I know he has struggled for years and he appeared to be content in the interview. It was always disappointing to learn that Andrew Ridgely was just a singing partner. They made such a cute couple. LOL.

    Posted by: Angela Channing | May 11, 2011 8:23:40 PM

  3. If he wants to do something positive for the LGBT community he should raise money to help the fight for marriage equality.

    Posted by: mark | May 11, 2011 8:37:01 PM

  4. Thank God. I like George, but 'ol girl was getting a bit out of hand. He was heading down "tragic old queen trying to stay young" avenue. I'm glad he decided to grow up.


    Posted by: Marlee | May 11, 2011 9:22:43 PM

  5. Now that George is old and ugly he wants to do something for young gays. Figures.

    Posted by: John | May 11, 2011 10:12:56 PM

  6. I don't find George to be either "old" or "ugly". I'm just content to see him finally "grow up", as Marlee posted, and maybe start living in the real world.

    He's a great musical talent.

    Elton John was another one, who came very close to losing himself.

    Now to see if they continue as they intend.

    Posted by: JAMES in Toronto | May 11, 2011 10:26:39 PM

  7. May we all 'continue' as we intend.

    Posted by: my2cents | May 11, 2011 10:29:21 PM

  8. How much $$ from this tour is he donating to LGBT youth groups?

    Posted by: Jeff | May 11, 2011 11:16:40 PM

  9. I wish the guy well, but seriously... his problem wasn't that homophobia exists in the world... his problem is that he's an addict.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | May 12, 2011 12:21:14 AM

  10. I don't think he let gay people down at all. We all saw how well Michael Jackson handled being a gay pop star in the 80's... The fact that he's still in one piece is inspiring.

    Posted by: mike | May 12, 2011 12:34:12 AM

  11. That's right, Paul R., there's nothing more truly awful and hideous than being middle-aged and looking it. Ghastly, really, and all of us over 40 should wear burqas in order to make life easier for poor Paul, whom as we all know, will look young and pretty for all eternity.

    Posted by: Rick S. | May 12, 2011 4:14:40 AM

  12. He has behaved like a sleeze too often. He should just keep his mouth shut and spend the rest of his career writing quieter fluff songs about nothing as he fades away.

    Posted by: Bear | May 12, 2011 4:51:59 AM

  13. For a pop star he was reasonably talented back in the day. If we were to get control of his life, perhaps he could recapture some of that. And as to the "old" and "ugly" crack, well, your turn's coming, puppy. Some of us may not be 20 or 30 or even 40 any more, but don't count us out of the game. There's one hell of a lot more to life once you grow up and quit being a bar bunny...

    Posted by: Justin L Werner | May 12, 2011 5:49:45 AM

  14. Career imploded, money ran out, royalties trickling off.... Busted as a druggie sex addict not a good move. No one under 45 listens to this train wreck.

    Posted by: ron | May 12, 2011 6:00:13 AM

  15. Terrible role model, unless the objective is to have more trolls in public toilets. Fortunately the young will ignore this portrait of self-destruction even more than his contemporaries.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | May 12, 2011 6:53:32 AM

  16. how did he let anyone down when no one looked up to him. Foolish

    Posted by: cheekiey | May 12, 2011 6:58:40 AM

  17. I like that he cruised toilets. Never been one of my fave music acts, but the fact he was tearoom trade made up for that a little bit. I wouldn't turn him down if he was shaking his wanger at me in front of a urinal. And young things, respect your elders and stop making it a 'young vs old' thing. It's limiting, really. And not good for anything.

    Posted by: kodiak | May 12, 2011 9:10:22 AM

  18. @Mike: Michael Jackson wasn't gay. George Michael is.

    Posted by: Gregv | May 12, 2011 11:32:54 AM

  19. @Justin "reasonably talented??" You need to go back and listen to what he did with Wham!. And Faith is one the finest pop albums ever crafted.

    And to all these nasty bitter queens, give the guy some credit for admitting his mistakes and trying to do something positive. A little support from within our own community is not too much to ask. Sheesh.

    Posted by: Aron | May 12, 2011 12:02:11 PM

  20. You people are nasty and rude. George is a true artist, let him go through what he needs to. His body of work speaks for itself.
    When you girls get 6 million in the bank then come back and spew your venom.

    Posted by: Ty | May 12, 2011 1:11:08 PM

  21. Geez there's some miserable fuckers out there.Really...what is up your arses?GM has had a 30 year career for which the most part has been successful & if his concerts from recent years are anything to go by,he is still very popular.I am a fan myself but not a fanatic,but occassionally listen to him because he is talented & does have a good voice & his back catalogue aint bad either.As for his private life,i couldn't give a damn.He doesn't care about mine.He just gets caught because he is always under the microscope.Must be hell.No wonder they get high.As for his looks,what does it matter to you sad sad queens?So many idiots talk about celebs like they know them personally.Get a life.

    Posted by: John | May 12, 2011 2:20:17 PM

  22. @John These same people no doubt worship at the feet of Cher--whose initial reaction to finding out here daughter was a lesbian was to throw her out of the house and send her to a psychiatrist for a "cure"....and Lady Gaga, whose act is laced with some of the filthiest language.....

    Par for the course for some gay men. Dump on other gay men of accomplishment, even when they are trying to do something good for the community, while lionizing straight women in the same field, despite their many flaws......

    Posted by: Rick | May 12, 2011 3:02:04 PM

  23. @gregv... Michael Jackson was gay.

    Posted by: mike | May 12, 2011 10:27:46 PM

  24. I just want to see him really get things together... and then hopefully his voice will come back? crossing my fingers.

    Posted by: mike | May 12, 2011 10:31:24 PM

  25. Was never a huge fan, but I always admired how he progressed from being basically a bubble-gum artist to someone who produced some thoughtful, well-crafted, intelligent pop. "Listen Without Prejudice" really is a fine piece of work.

    I wonder if he and Boy George still hate each others' guts...because that would be the duet I'd most like to hear from him.

    Posted by: Andy | May 12, 2011 11:24:05 PM

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