Michael has opened his first UK tour in 15 years with a concert
at the MEN Arena in Manchester.
who has rarely been out of the tabloids, had said as recently as
last year that his career was over.
after he announced a Europe-wide greatest hits tour which began
in Barcelona in September to broadly positive reviews.
42-year-old singer said he was enjoying touring but felt his
recording career was "all finished for now".
star has been the centre of intense media scrutiny over his
private life and often outspoken opinions on drug taking.
popularity with the public seems as strong as ever with his
concerts selling out within hours.
He said of
the tour: "To be perfectly honest, I've enjoyed it so much
I wish I started again years ago."
long he would keep on singing, he said: "There's no
restriction to how long I can do the live thing, now that I have
decided I can do it.
terms of releasing CDs and trying to get on the radio, I think
that is all finished for now."
play two more dates in Manchester before further concerts in
Glasgow, London and Birmingham.
He is also
performing a free concert for nurses in London to thank them for
caring for his mother.
The star is
also marking his 25 years in showbusiness with an hour-long
interview with BBC Radio 2, which will be broadcast on Saturday
evening at 2000BST.