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Michael 'to retire from touring'

By Caroline Briggs
BBC News entertainment reporter

George Michael at Wembley Stadium
Michael's tour will take him to north America this summer

George Michael has announced two major concerts in London to mark the end of his 25 Live Tour, and says he does not intend to tour again.

The star has labelled the dates at Earl's Court in August "The Final Two".

It is a nod to his sell-out Wembley Stadium show, The Final, with Andrew Ridgeley in 1986 - when he brought the curtain down on Wham!

The 25 Live Tour began in Barcelona in 2006, and has so far played to more than 1.3 million fans across Europe.

Michael will head to north America later this summer, before finishing the tour in London on 24 and 25 August.

"These very special shows will naturally feature Michael's hits, some tracks not previously performed in Britain," a statement on his website said.

"These shows are truly not to be missed by any George Michael fan."

The concerts, both of which will be filmed, will feature "a stunning new stage set," the statement added.

It is understood that the shows will mark Michael's retirement from touring - although he may play special one-off concerts and charity events in the future.

Since he first found success with Wham! Michael has enjoyed one of the most enduring careers in the history of pop music.

He has sold over 100 million records worldwide and achieved seven US number one singles, 11 number one UK singles and six number one albums.

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