George Michael Forced To Cancel London Date of Comeback Orchestral Tour

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The singer has a virus and is "under doctors' orders to rest."


London - George Michael has been forced to pull out of this sellout Symphonica tour after contracting a virus, his spokesman said.

Michael wowed fans on the opening night of the tour at London's Royal Albert Hall Tuesday, performing a medley of his own hits and covers with the backing of the 41-piece London Symphonia Orchestra.

But reps for the star said he had since contracted a viral infection and was under doctors' orders to rest. Wednesday night's performance had to be cancelled, but they are hopeful he will be well enough to perform Friday.

"He is disappointed that he cannot perform but he has been advised to rest," his spokesman said.

"He received a tremendous reaction from the audience on Tuesday night and he is very sorry that he has had to postpone."

Fans have been told to hold onto their tickets and a replacement performance is expected later this year.