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George Michael plans first US tour in 17 years March 25, 2008

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George Michael has a lot of Faith in his North American fans.

The British pop singer of Greek-Cypriot origins, on Monday unveiled plans for his first tour of the United States and Canada in 17 years, beginning June 17 at San Diego Sports Arena. The 22-date arena trek runs through August 3 at the BankAtlantic Centre in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Tickets for the 25 Live tour go on sale to the general public on April 6th, a week after fan club members get first dibs. Ticketmaster currently lists one show, the July 7 gig at Saint Paul, MN., where the top price is $175.

While his international appeal remains strong, Michael’s profile in the United States has waned over the past decade, although his last album, 2004’s Patience, managed to peak at No.12 thanks to an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Michael, 44, rose to fame in the early 1980s as one-half of the singing duo Wham! and enhanced his popularity with his solo debut, 1987’s Faith, which has been certified for U.S. shipments in excess of 10 million copies. It included the hit singles Father Figure, I Want Your Sex Parts 1 & 2 and the title track.

Subsequent efforts did not sell nearly as well, and Michael’s career ground to a halt in the early 1990s when he unsuccessfully sued Sony to get out of his contract. In 1998, he was arrested for lewd conduct in Beverly Hills, and subsequently disclosed his homosexuality.

The European leg of his 25 Live tour took him to 12 countries, including Greece where he appeared for the first time during his carreer at the Athens Olympic Stadium, where he performed 80 shows for about 1,3 million fans, according to a statement.

The North American tour will promote a double-disc hits set, the second of his career. Twenty-Five is scheduled for US release on April 1, a decade after Michael issued the retrospective Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael.

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