George Michael Cancels European Shows over 'Pneumonia'

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Bulgaria: George Michael Cancels European Shows over 'Pneumonia' A mature and politically engaged George Michael took the stage in Sofia in May 2007 in what was widely described as the most impatiently awaited gig of the year in Bulgaria. File photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Singer George Michael has pneumonia and has been forced to cancel at least five shows, his website says, fueling speculations over his health condition.

"He is currently receiving treatment," the brief statement says.

Michael has postponed shows scheduled for this weekend in Cardiff, Wales, after putting off shows earlier this week in Vienna, Austria, and Strasbourg, France.

He was also a no-show for a London concert scheduled for October 26. That concert is now scheduled for May 2, 2012, his website says.

George Michael's exalted Bulgarian fans had the pleasure to enjoy their idol's show in May, 2007. The concert was part of George Michael's "25 Live" concert tour, his first in over fifteen years.

The British pop star canceled a concert in Germany to come to Bulgaria and embrace the campaign "You are not alone", which aimed to raise the international profile of the Bulgarian nurses, who were at that time sentenced to death in Libya on bogus charges of intentionally infecting 426 children with AIDS.

A mature and politically engaged George Michael took the stage in Sofia in what was widely described as the most impatiently awaited gig of the year in Bulgaria.

To prove his allegiance to the cause, George Michael wore a red, white and green ribbon - the country's national colors, a symbol of the initiative, taken up by Darik Radio, the private national channel bTV and Standard newspaper that united thousands of Bulgarians in support of the nurses.

The huge scene and impressive visual effects of the show were something unseen in Bulgaria so far. Three big video walls- one if them tongue-shaped and slipping out into the audience - showed the star performing on stage and video clips in combination with impressive light effects and massive sound that offered the fans a once-in-a-lifetime experience and proved that high-quality remains George Michael trade mark.

"Freedom" , one of his best written, produced and sung songs, put a logical end to the show with a plea for the release of the Bulgarian women.

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