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George Michael to play first Wembley Stadium gig

George Michael, Twenty Five

Story by Jack Foley

GEORGE Michael is to play the first concert at the new Wembley Stadium, it has been confirmed.

The former Wham! star will perform at the 90,000 capacity venue on June 9 as part of his British and European stadium tour.

Alex Horne, managing director of Wembley Stadium, said it was “fantastic news” that Michael would perform the first concert at the prestigious venue, adding: “He’s no stranger to this great stage having performed at the old stadium with both Wham at Live Aid and as a solo artist.”

Michael played several gigs at the old stadium, including – most notably – Live Aid in 1985 as well as Wham’s farewell concert in 1986.

His decision to include Wembley as part of his tour is seen by Mr Horne as the first step in putting the venue back on the map – both as a major and concert venue.

Muse will also be among the first acts to play the revamped stadium, having previously announced a date on June 16.

The new £757 million venue was due to re-open in August 2005 but was delayed following a series of hold-ups that led to a number of musical and sporting events being postponed.

Among them were concerts by Bon Jovi, Robbie Williams and the Rolling Stones, who subsequently changed venues.

It is currently hoped that Wembley will finally re-open with the FA Cup Final on May 19, 2007.

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