George Michael planning comeback tour

Updated: May 12, 2011, 19:55 PM IST

London: Pop legend George Michael is planning his way back to the music scene with a 47-date tour of Europe that will see him accompanied by a symphony orchestra.

“I felt it was really what I want to do as an artist,” the BBC quoted him as telling reporters at the Royal Opera House in central London.

"I am really not interested or excited by repeating former successes," he said.

The Orchestral Tour will begin in Prague in the Czech Republic on 22 August and include 12 dates in the UK at the end of October.

At a press launch on Wednesday, the 47-year-old said a special charity performance would be held at the Royal Opera House on 6 November in aid of the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor``s Aids foundation.

The announcement follows the short jail term the singer served last year after crashing his Range Rover while under the influence of cannabis.

"I felt very re-energized after my recent troubles," said the former Wham star, who had previously claimed his 2008 concerts would be his last live shows.

"I think musically this tour and album will be surprising because I``m being far more true to myself," he added.

According to organisers, the tour will see Michael perform ‘a carefully chosen selection of his songs’, as well as ‘some of his favourite songs from other artists’.