George Michael returns to the stage to resume his “Symphonica” tour, ten months after the gig had to be cancelled as he faced a life threatening lung infection.
In November the 49-year-old former Wham! front-man had been in the middle of a European tour, when he fell ill in the Austrian capital and was rushed to Vienna’s General Hospital where he spent a month in intensive care.
His fans welcomed his return, one who travelled all the way from Scotland for the gig said: “I think his voice is better than ever and and tonight’s performance will be something really special because I think George feels he owes his life to the people in Austria and this is his way of repaying them. They saved his life.”
While another from Berlin said: “When I heard about his illness last year it was a great shock because I saw him at the last concert in Frankfurt, and as far as I know that was the last concert before his illness, and for me this is a good reason to come here to Vienna today and to see his first performance.
Austrian media report that 300 hospital staff will attend Tuesday evening’s show and with his permission, the hospital also put a further 700 tickets, which he donated, on sale to raise money for lung disease research.
His recent near-death experience inspired Michael’s new single “White Light”, which he performed at the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games.
This show is the first of a number of rescheduled dates around Europe, including Paris, Birmingham, Cardiff and London.