George Michael's tour sells out in two hours23/04/2006 - 16:54:27
Most of the tickets for George Michael’s first tour for 15 years sold out within two hours today.
Phone lines were jammed with demands when tickets went on sale at 10am.
By lunch-time the vast majority of them had sold out as fans scrambled to gain access to Michael’s hotly-anticipated tour.
A Ticketmaster spokeswoman said: “It is not surprising that the tickets sold so well as, after all, it is George Michael.
“I suppose they sold as quickly as we would have expected for a singer of his stature.”
Barry Marshall, of London-based promoter Marshall Arts Ltd, said: “It has sold fantastically well.
“In fact, these have been the fastest sale of tickets in the 30 years that we have been promoting shows.”
News of Michael’s tour came just days after the 42-year-old singer was interviewed by police over claims that he collided with three parked cars while behind the wheel of his Range Rover and then drove off without informing the owners.
The former Wham! Idol’s greatest hits tour will kick off in Madrid on September 27 and will reach the UK in November.
He will play the MEN Arena in Manchester on November 17, 18 and 21, the SECC in Glasgow on November 22, the NEC Arena in Birmingham on December 2, 3 and 4, Wembley Arena from December 11 to 15 and Earl’s Court on November 25 and 26.
Only a small number of tickets remained available this afternoon for the Earl’s Court dates although they were expected to sell out soon.
The tour is being described as a “celebration of his 25-year career in music”.
Entitled 25 Live, Michael will be performing a selection of songs taken from all his albums, including some classic Wham! Tracks.
The former Wham! Star will be releasing a Greatest Hits album, with four new tracks, to coincide with the tour.
Michael has sold more than 85 million records globally, including 11 British number one singles and seven British number one albums.
But recently his personal life rather than his singing career has put him in the headlines.
In February police arrested him on suspicion of possessing drugs after he was found slumped at the wheel of a car at Hyde Park Corner in central London.
He was later cautioned for possessing cannabis.
In a statement, Michael said the arrest was “my own stupid fault as usual”.
Last night he appeared on Michael Parkinson’s chat show and played down his latest brush with the law after crashing into three parked cars at Hyde Park Corner on Easter Sunday.
He dismissed the incident as a “parking accident” and joked: “I’m a terrible driver.”
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