There has been a near-universally positive response to George Michael’s first UK concert on the 25-Live Tour.
The Mirror says,
STRUTTING on to stage in front of UK fans for the first time in 15 years, George Michael yelled “I’m back” – and on this evidence he’s better than ever.
Ireland On-line has some quotes. George said,
To be perfectly honest, I’ve enjoyed it so much I wish I started again years ago
Interestingly, before the show, George also shed some light behind the choice of smaller venue for the free NHS nurses concert,
We wanted to do it at Wembley Arena until they kindly pointed out to Mr Showbiz here that 12,000 nurses might be a lot to take out of the system – we had to do it somewhere else. But it’s still a in 3,000-seater venue and it will probably be the best night of the tour
George also re-iterated that “for now” – releasing CDs and trying to get on the radio is over, in part because there’s no money in it. So, it really does look like Twenty-Five, which will be Number 1 in the UK charts on Sunday, will be George’s last album for a while. However, he said there’s no restriction to how long he will go on touring – while there’s a substantial paying audience, it looks likes he’ll continue to tour.
Strangely, the Murdoch press has so far been silent on the show. Perhaps something to do with the fact that during the show, George joked with the audience about the “van man” incident,
Actually, I don’t shag old people, but I wouldn’t mind screwing Rupert Murdoch!
In contrast to the previous shows, George was pretty chatty during his gig last night. For more details on that, check out Knobby’s George quotes.