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George Michael to 'retire' after two Earl's Court shows

George Michael, Twenty Five

Story by Jack Foley

GEORGE Michael is to play two major concerts in London in August (2008) and then intends to retire from touring.

The Earl’s Court dates will take place on August 24 and 25 and will mark the end of the singer’s 25 Live Tour. They have been labelled by Michael as “The Final Two” in a nod to his sell-out Wembley Stadium show, The Final, in 1986, which brought the curtain down on Wham!

In what has been a prolific touring period, the 25 Live Tour began in Barcelona in 2006 and has so far played to more than 1.3 million fans across Europe.

It has yet to head to north America later this summer, before rounding off with the two dates in London, both of which will be filmed.

In a statement on his website, georgemichael.com, the singer said: “These very special shows will naturally feature Michael’s hits, some tracks not previously performed in Britain and a stunning new stage set. They are truly not to be missed by any George Michael fan.”

Although it is widely believed that “The Final Two” will mark George Michael’s retirement from touring, the door has been left open for him to play special one-off concerts and charity events in the future.