11:13 PM EDT 05/16/2015
Originally posted 06/20/2008 09:35AM
George Michael, who kicked off his North American tour in San Diego on Tuesday, calls California's legalization of gay marriage "fantastic."
Last month's court decision overturning an 8-year-old ban was "way overdue," the 44-year-old, British pop star, who is openly gay, told the Associated Press. "It's something that happened ... almost without a whisper in England, but it was basically because we weren't that concerned about the word 'marriage.'"
In the U.S., he added, "There are a huge number of people who want [their] unions to be part of something that they can place in their religion, so [marriage is] much more important here. I think that's why it's so long in arriving here, but I think it's fantastic, obviously."
The singer's "25 Live" tour began at the San Diego Sports Arena the day after the California Supreme Court's ruling took effect. It is his first North American tour in 17 years.
Originally posted 06/16/2008 01:30PM
George Michael is set to kick off his highly-anticipated 25 LIVE tour Tuesday in San Diego – and the road trip is long overdue, the singer says in a video interview provided to PEOPLE exclusively. "I should have done it a long time ago," he says of the tour, which is his first in North America in 17 years. Calling the performance a "way better show" than anything he's done in the past, Michael says the performance will encompass material from his solo career and his time in Wham!
The singer's North American dates, which include stops in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, comes after a successful spate of European shows. "I've been doing a lot of work, changing [the show] and improving it," says Michael. "I'm dancing – or walking – on a stage that's completely illuminated."
Originally posted 05/30/2007 05:05PM
George Michael's system contained a drug cocktail at the time of his arrest in his car last year, the prosecution informed a London court on Wednesday, the BBC reports.
Originally posted 12/14/2006 01:00PM
George Michael's New Year's resolution: Make a comeback.
Originally posted 10/02/2006 08:15AM
George Michael was arrested on a drug-related charge and given a warning by London police after a traffic incident early Sunday involving the 43-year-old singer.
Originally posted 05/03/2006 04:00PM
George Michael, who recently announced his first tour in 15 years (including an American leg slated for 2007, a source tells PEOPLE), plans to marry partner Kenny Goss in a small ceremony – not an extravagant wedding like his rival, Elton John's.
Originally posted 04/21/2006 12:40PM
George Michael announced his first tour in 15 years on Friday – and dismissed recent media attention over a drug arrest and a car mishap as an over-reaction.
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