George Michael opened his first concert tour in 15 years in Barcelona Saturday night, and refused to complete the 23-song set without making a political statement.
During his rendition of “Shoot the Dog“, an anti-war song that mocks the relationship between George Bush and Tony Blair, an enormous inflatable figure of Bush appeared from a door in the stage. To the delight of the crowd, Michael went to unzip the pants of the figure and a giant inflatable English bulldog emblazoned with the Union Jack popped out. The bulldog appeared to be fellating the American President.
Below is a ten-minute clip of the Barcelona concert, and at approximately 4:55 you can see the irreverent scene begin. Michael appears to be in spirited form.
It’s a return, finally, to music for the singer, whose July escapades on Hampstead Heath made news across the globe. Following a string of tabloid reports that placed a stoned Michael behind the wheel of his Range Rover, the singer was caught by paparazzi after an alleged sexual encounter with a man named Norman Kirtland on London’s Hampstead Heath. Michael went on to defend charges that because of the incident, his partner Kenny Goss had broken off their engagement. He also announced that he would sue the tabloids that exposed him.
It’s nice to see Michael in the news again without his pants down.