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George Michael is back in the news. Back on tour. Back to feuding with Elton John. Back to boring the rest of the civilized world.

First the tour... Michael's new tour -- dubbed 25 Live -- is his first in 15 years. He'll cover all 25 years of making music, including -- gasp -- the Wham! years. (Side question: What's worse -- "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" or "I Want Your Sex"?)

The tour begins in Madrid on Sept. 27 then heads to England. Is the demand still there? You bet. According to one European website, tickets sold out in two hours. No official word yet on whether George-mania reaches U.S. shores. The tour supports a new greatest hits album, to be released soon, which will contain four new songs.

The tour also probably supports Michael's rising legal bills. The star was arrested in February after police found him slumped over the wheel of his car with drugs in his possession.

Michael recently took a shot at his  long-time tormenter, Elton John, who issued a statement back in 2004 that Michael appeared to be in "a strange place" in his life. Michael told the media the statement has fed the media's desire to cast him in a dark light.

Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, Michael this week also announced plans to marry his long-time partner, Kenny Goss, on their 10-year anniversary. Intentionally following in the matrimonial footsteps of Mr. Crocodile Rock? Let tongues wag at will.

Meanwhile, we give Stuck in the 80s Top 5 Concerts We'd Rather See This Summer Than George Michael:
5. Echo and the Bunnymen: Which one's Echo? Are those the Bunnymen? Just enjoy. (Tour dates)
4. Elton John: Boy, you know that just steams George's bean to hear that. (Tour dates)
3. Journey: No Steve Perry, but they're touring with Def Leppard. (Tour dates)
2. Thomas Dolby: His one-man show is winning raves. (Tour dates)
1. They Might Be Giants: Frankly, you should see the two Johns every time they come to a venue near you. (Tour dates)

So you might ask, would we choose a George Michael show over any other big tours this summer? Sure thing! Here's our list of shows we don't want to see -- period. Start with Madonna, proceed to Bruce Springsteen, add Guns N' Roses and Bryan Adams. Don't forget Cinderella and Poison!

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:17pm]


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