George Michael Cancels Australia Tour Dates Over “Major Anxiety”

george-michaelOut pop singer George Michael announced he was cancelling the Australian leg of his current world tour, because of remaining anxiety from his life-threatening bout with pneumonia.

In a statement on his website, the pop star, 49 said:

“I have today announced the cancellation of the shows in Australia which breaks my heart.

By way of explanation all I can say at this time is that since last year’s illness I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience.

They recommended complete rest and the type of post traumatic counselling which is available in cases like mine but I’m afraid I believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be therapy enough in itself.

Unfortunately I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be and although I was right to believe that the shows would bring me great happiness and that my voice would recover completely (I truly think that some of my recent performances have been my best ever) I was wrong to think I could work my way through the major anxiety that has plagued me since I left Austria last December.”

Michael, who played last month at the London Olympics, was to open the Perth Arena on November 10. Elton John has stepped up to take Michael’s two dates.