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Michael to play first Wembley gig
George Michael
The UK leg of Michael's tour will take in five cities
Singer George Michael is to play the first concert at the new Wembley Stadium, it has been announced.

The pop star will perform at the 90,000-capacity venue on 9 June as part of a British and European stadium tour.

Michael, 43, played several key gigs at the old stadium, including Live Aid in 1985 and Wham's farewell concert in 1986 with ex-bandmate Andrew Ridgeley.

The tour starts in Denmark in May and the UK leg will also call at Norwich, Manchester, Glasgow and Plymouth.

'Fitting first gig'

Wembley Stadium managing director Alex Horne said it was "fantastic news" that Michael would perform the first concert at the new venue.

"He's no stranger to this great stage having performed at the old stadium with both Wham at Live Aid and as a solo artist," he said.

Muse singer Matt Bellamy
Muse will play Wembley a week after George Michael
"This is a fitting first gig in the new stadium. We are looking forward to putting the stadium back on the world map as a major music destination."

Tickets for all UK dates will go on sale at 1000 GMT on Thursday.

The pop star will also visit France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Holland and Hungary as part of the 25 Live Stadium Tour.

In December, rock group Muse announced they would be the first band to play at the revamped London stadium on 16 June.

The 757m venue was due to reopen in August 2005, but a series of hold-ups led to a number of musical and sporting events being postponed.

Last year, Bon Jovi, Robbie Williams and the Rolling Stones changed venues because of the delays.

Wembley is expected to officially open with the FA Cup final on 19 May.

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