George Michael to resume illness-shortened tour
George Michael said he is in good health and resuming a concert tour cut short when he contracted lifethreatening pneumonia last year.
The former Wham singer was in the middle of an extensive tour when he fell ill in Vienna, Austria, in November. He spent several weeks in a hospital, and later said his survival had been “touch and go.”
According to the Associated Press, he announced Tuesday that the “Symphonica” tour would resume with two shows in Vienna on Sept. 4 and 6. Mr. Michael says he will give 1,000 tickets for the first concert to medical staff who helped treat him.
According to the Associated Press, this year’s inaugural event — organized by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which Mr. Hancock chairs — will include star-studded concerts in Paris, New Orleans and New York as well as jazz-related events in several dozen countries including Algeria and Uruguay.
Mr. Hancock said he had little difficulty lining up support for his proposal from the 195-member U.N. cultural organization “because so many countries have been affected in crucial ways over the years by the presence of jazz.” for his relief work in Haiti after the country’s devastating January 2010 earthquake.
Mr. Penn is to receive the 2012 Peace Summit Award at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, the Associated Press reports. The event will be held in Chicago next month and is expected to draw such luminaries as Poland’s Lech Walesa and the Dalai Lama.
Mr. Penn arrived shortly after Haiti’s quake and established an aid organization now known as J/P Haitian Relief Organization. The group has provided schools, medical care and housing to thousands of people displaced by the quake.
The actor issued a statement Monday calling the award an “extraordinary honor.”
For his work with helping displaced Haitians after the devastating earthquake in 2010, Sean Penn is to receive the 2012 Peace Summit Award at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates next month in Chicago.