Ge­orge Michael to re­sume ill­ness-short­ened tour

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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.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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