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George Michael to play at Carrow Road

King of pop George Michael is to play an open-air gig in Norwich. The concert at Carrow Road on Tuesday, 12 June, 2007 is just one of five British dates in the veteran singer’s European stadium tour schedule.

One of the best-known singers to have rocketed from the British music scene is coming to Norwich.

George Michael is set to perform his string of classic hits in front of a crowd of thousands at Carrow Road football ground on Tuesday, 12 June, 2007.

The show is just one of five British dates that's been announced, with a further 11 gigs being held on the continent.

Tickets for the outdoor concert in Norwich went on sale on Thursday, 8 March, 2007.

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BBC Radio Norfolk is the official media partner for the concert.

"We play George Michael's songs all the time and our audience is used to hearing his music, whether it's from his days in Wham! or his more recent material," said station editor David Clayton.

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Elton John in Norwich. Pic: Lee Allen.

"We had a similar partnership with Elton John and his team when they came to Carrow Road a couple of years ago - including an exclusive recording of the concert highlights.

"This means we can offer our listeners some special programming and, of course, opportunities to win tickets from BBC Radio Norfolk and this website," he added. 

Tour concerns

The concert news will be warmly welcomed by fans, who were starting to fear until last year that the star – born Georgios Panayiotou - would never tour again after a long absence from the road.

But in 2006, the pop legend headed out across Europe to celebrate his quarter of a century in the music biz with his 25 Live tour – his first in 15 years – and brought out his number one album to chronicle his career, Twenty-Five.

Last year's 49-date roadtrip sold out in minutes and the 43-year-old's performances won over reviewers.

Loyal fans

The heart-throb, who has rarely been out of the red-tops since his Beverly Hills arrest in 1998, has enjoyed a massive following. 

His ascent to pop stardom was launched when he partnered up with old school mate Andrew Ridgeley in Wham!, remaining in the band while testing the solo waters with his 1984 global smash Careless Whisper.

Three years later, George released his first solo album, Faith, cementing his reputation as a world-class act, and leading him to tot up more than 85m of record sales.

Annual highlight

The Carrow Road show is the second large-scale gig to be staged at the venue. In 2005, Elton John wowed the crowd with a lowdown of his best-loved hits.

Andrew Cullen, director of sales and marketing at Carrow Road, said he hoped concerts would become an annual highlight.

"We're absolutely delighted to bring another big concert back to Carrow Road in June," he said.

"Elton John was a huge success because it put Norwich City Football Club very much on the map as far as promoters were concerned.

"We were disappointed that we couldn't bring an act last year but we wanted to make sure that the calibre of artist that we bring to Carrow Road was in that superstar league," he added.

Tickets are priced at £50, £75 and £100.

Call the national ticket hotlines on 0870 380 0148, 0871 230 5463 and 0871 424 1434 or log on to See Tickets or Ticketmaster.

last updated: 09/03/07
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