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George Michael Back In Treatment, But For What?

George Michael, Seeking “Treatment”

Oh, George Michael.  We thought everything was going so well for you after seeing a rousing performance of “Freedom” at the Closing Ceremonies at the 2012 London Olympics.  What’s up?

Seems George has cancelled a string of concerts he was to perform in Sydney and other Australian cities in November and early December. These newly cancelled dates were make-up shows from cancelling the same shows last year due to a health scare in Vienna, in which the singer was hospitalized.

via GeorgeMichael.com


I have today announced the cancellation of the shows in Australia which breaks my heart. By way of explanation all I can say at this time is that since last year’s illness I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience. They recommended complete rest and the type of post traumatic counselling which is available in cases like mine but I’m afraid I believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be therapy enough in itself. Unfortunately I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be and although I was right to believe that the shows would bring me great happiness and that my voice would recover completely (I truly think that some of my recent performances have been my best ever) I was wrong to think I could work my way through the major anxiety that has plagued me since I left Austria last December.

All that’s left for me to do is apologise to my wonderful Australian fan base and to promise faithfully that as soon as I completed these shows here in the UK I will receive the treatment which is so long overdue.

— George Michael

Of course we hope George gets the help he needs and can get back on the road as soon as possible. I feel terribly fortunate to have seen him in concert three times.  If you have tickets for the Australian shows, please go to GeorgeMichael.com for details on refunds.

Lady Gaga Performs In Wheelchair – Bette Midler or Kurt Cobain Homage?

Lady Gaga in Oz...

Or none of the above?  It’s not like this is the first time Lady Gaga has used a wheelchair, forpitysake.  Uh, Paparazzi anyone?  But everyone all over The Interwebs, are flipping the eff right out over Gaga performing in a wheelchair during a performance in Australia. Oh, and they’re saying she was perhaps, mimicking Kurt Cobain who performed way back in in the day in a wheelchair during the Reading Festival. Honestly though, with the mermaid get-up, I see much more of an homage (ahem) to Bette Midler’s character, Delores Delago, who also appears onstage in a wheelchair–albeit an electric device.

Bette Midler, as Delores Delgado in Las Vegas

via DailyMail.co.uk:

Gaga is not the first music artists to use a wheelchair as a prop and many said she had ripped off Bette Midler’s famous stage character Delores Delago, a beached mermaid that appears on stage in a wheelchair.And at the 1992 Reading Festival, the late Kurt Cobain, the Nirvana frontman was wheeled on to the stage for their headlining set in a dig at journalists who had accused Kurt of being a drug addict and had made speculations about his mental health.”

Kurt was just trying to be “rebellious”…turns out, well, you know.
Photo: Charles Peterson/Retna

Hmmm.  Oddly enough, I was reminded more of Marilyn Manson than Bette or Kurt the first time I saw Gaga with the braces/crutches and wheelchair–but I get it with with the mermaid outfit.  Totally Bette.