George Michael – Symphonica Tour, Royal Albert Hall, London. 29 Sep 2012

One of our Pop Scoopers were lucky enough to have caught George Michael’s performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall last night. The Symphonica tour resumed after it was pulled when he suddenly became ill with pneumonia in November last year.

After the show George announced he has cancelled a series of shows in Australia to seek treament for anxiety following his illness.

In a statment, the ex-Wham star writes: “I have today announced the cancellation of the shows in Australia which breaks my heart.

“By way of explanation all I can say at this time is that since last year’s illness I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience.

“They recommended complete rest and the type of post traumatic counselling which is available in cases like mine but I’m afraid I believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be therapy enough in itself.

“Unfortunately I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be… I was wrong to think I could work my way through the major anxiety that has plagued me since I left Austria last December.”

“All that’s left for me to do is apologise to my wonderful Australian fan base and to promise faithfully that as soon as I completed these shows here in the U.K. I will receive the treatment which is so long overdue.”