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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. "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......"

    Oh hell yeah, totally agree. I'm sick of Madonna > Cher > Gaga worship on gay male sites.

    If you doubt George Michael has/had talent, watch this:

    Fine, it's 20 years ago but he just slays 75,000 people with that incredible voice.

    I'll go to the orchestral tour if/when it hits the US.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | May 13, 2011 12:17:16 AM

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