San Diego Sports Arena – San Diego, CA
Tonight kicked off George Michael’s comeback in the United States. The arena was packed full of George Michael fans that were eagerly waiting for his presence on stage. They have been waiting 17 years for this day in the US.
This show had huge production value. There were LED screens on both sides of the stage, and even the center of the stage had a ceiling-to-floor screen. When I say floor, I mean part George stood on the visually impressive screen. The back of the screens had three tiers of musicians from a level of guitars, drums, and keys.
George took the stage at 8:45 p.m. He broke out into “Fast Love” and the crowd went wild. He drove home some of his biggest hits with energy and passion. He sang “Hard Day” and “Father Figure” to standing ovations. The two screens displayed images of him performing as the middle screen he stood on was full of color, making a spectacular stage setting.
You wouldn’t have guessed that George hasn’t hit the road in the US for 17 years. This man danced and shaked his ass like he had been reborn, and the fans screamed and danced right along with him, not missing a beat. Ok, some were pretty inebriated, not getting the beat at all, but nevertheless, it only made the night that much more entertaining.
George did have an intermission for the show, yet no one looked displeased about it. One man turned to me and said, “Great, time for another beer!” After intermission George got the crowd revved up with some “Faith.”
Also during the performance George played his new song, “Feeling Good.” On the screens the music video for “Feeling Good” played and the seductress herself, the beautiful Dita Von Teese, was the center of the video. Any straight man in that audience must have been very happy because there was lots of beautiful women that were on the screens during the show and for every gay man George never looked more sexy.
No disappointments at this show. George’s performance was nothing but fabulous (plus he can still hit all the notes with ease). His stage presence is intense. You really can’t take your attention away from him.
The only disappointment is the news this may be his last tour. For fans’ sake, I hope it isn’t. He left the crowd wanting more.
I’m Your Man
Everything She Wants
One More Try
Intermission (20 Minutes)
Spinning the Wheel
Kissing a Fool