Lots of things happening in the world of George Michael at the moment.
It seems likely that we’ll soon get a chance to see “George Michael: Paris Opera House”. This film of/about Symphonica was filmed in September 2012 in Paris at Le Palais Garnie. It’s the first time ever that a contemporary singer has performed a show at this historic opera house. It’s important too because Symphonica was one of the last projects that the legendary Phil Ramone worked on, prior to his death in March 2013. The concert footage was directed by long-time George Michael collaborator, Andy Morahan. This was the set list for the show:
Through / My Baby Just Cares For Me / Father Figure / Cowboys & Angels / Kissing A Fool / Going To A Town / Let Her Down Easy / You Have Been Loved / Wild Is The Wind / Brother Can You Spare a Dime
Waiting For That Day / Patience / John & Elvis / Roxanne / True Faith / A Different Corner / You’ve Changed / Russian Roulette / Praying For Time / Feeling Good
Amazing / I’m Your Man / Freedom 90 / White Light
I’m particularly looking forward to high audio quality versions of George’s amazing “Russian Roulette” cover, and of the fantastic new version of “Praying For Time” that George did on the Symphonica tour. It’s a shame there was no “Where I Hope You Are” in that show – it’s such a great song. Let’s hope the studio version will make it to George’s album of new music. I’d really have liked, “Love Is A Losing Game” and “Safe” too… but maybe that’s just me.
It’s also looking like there’s going to be a new George Michael single released soon (presumably from George’s forthcoming new studio album). George’s team has been casting for the video in the last few days, and the record itself has already been played to DJs at radio stations. Expect to hear it on the radio very, very soon (and maybe there’ll be a lyric video on YouTube too as a stop gap until the real video is ready).