George Michael reschedules postponed concert dates after recovering from pneumonia

By Daniel S Levine,
Singer George Michael performs at the Albert Hall in London October 25, 2011. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

British singer George Michael announced Tuesday that he is feeling well enough to reschedule the European tour dates that he was forced to cancel after he suddenly came down with a case of pneumonia.

Michael had to cancel tour dates after becoming ill in Vienna. After being hospitalized there, the former Wham! front man returned to London last December, looking gaunt. At the time, he said he spent three weeks in a hospital and that his representatives had actually played down the seriousness of the illness so that his fans would not worry. He always intended on rescheduling the shows, but waited until Tuesday to make it official.

BBC News reports that Michael will re-start his Symphonica tour on Sept. 4 with a special date in Vienna that was not originally scheduled. He promised that 1,000 tickets to the show will be donated to the hospital staff that helped him recover.

According to The Telegraph, Michael released a statement thanking the doctors and nurses “who saved my life and took such great care of me.”

"I'm looking forward to seeing everyone," he added.

Michael, who has sold over 100 million albums around the world, has several dates scheduled for the UK as part of the tour. Reuters reports that he will perform at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sept. 29. Organizers said that tickets already purchased will still be valid for the rescheduled shows.

Along with his work with Wham!, Michael is also known for several hits throughout his solo career, including “I Want Your Sex” and “Faith.”

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