On Wednesday, British pop sensation George Michael announced his 47-date 2011 European tour in which he will share the stage with an orchestra.
“Symphonica — The Orchestral Tour” will run at regular venues throughout Europe and will include more posh digs like the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Opera House in London.
His first tour since 2008, it launches at the State Opera House in Prague on August 22 and will include re-arranged versions of his songs with a full orchestral backing. He explains, “I’ve always wanted to sing with this kind of backing so I could really, really use my voice and not just concentrate on keeping thousands and thousands of people really excited for two and a half hours.”
When asked about the reasons behind the tour, Michael candidly admitted that the tour was a good way to stay out of trouble following his drug abuse issues and a jail term he served in 2010. “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.”
In addition to keeping busy with the tour, Michael plans to to record a new album during breaks.