CALENDER: 24. March



Tue 24 Mar 1988

concert at Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Australia, there were planned 2 nights in Brisbane, but the first night on 23th was canceled cause the voice problems of George.

Mon 24 Mar 2008



GeorgeŽs summer 2008 arena tour of the U.S. will be his last - because he no longer wants to play shows to big audiences. The Fast Love singer is set to take his 25 Live tour to America this June 08, in what will be his first U.S. roadshow in 17 years.

But Michael, 44, admits he is desperate to scale down the size of his concerts and play more intimate venues in future. He tells newspaper USA Today, "I don't want to do anything on this scale again. No more stadiums. I'd like to be the Tony Bennett for my generation. "It's the end of a certain era, and I'm not sure how much I really want to be a part of what's next.

So, it's a kind of a way of saying thank you to everybody before I move on.

But this is not a farewell tour for the Grammy winner who shot to stardom in the '80s with the band Wham! and crashed when he was arrested for lewd conduct in a Beverly Hills public bathroom in 1998.

Hoping to release more music in the future, Michael suspects he will offer it up to fans gratis to allow for artistic freedom. "There are other ways I can express the things I want to. And pop music stopped being a place to express much lyrically awhile back."

On Thursday, he plays himself in his first major U.S. acting role in ABC's Eli Stone (10 p.m. ET/PT), a series in which he has appeared in brief cameos.

He also is developing British TV programs and has received an advance from HarperCollins to write an autobiography, in which he would discuss the depression he suffered in the '90s.

Critical of his own work, Michael believes his U.K. tour was "too much of a party to represent what I've done."

That means hits Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go) and I Want Your Sex are out. "I'm too old," he says. "But they'll get Careless Whisper, which I don't particularly enjoy singing."

As he prepares to head stateside, "there are some improvements I can really make to the show. If I have anything to do with it, they're going to see the best show of their lives."

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday exclusively via an iTunes package. Tour tickets will be available elsewhere beginning the weekend of April 5.