George Michael to return to US for summer tour
( AFP ) - British pop star George Michael will tour the United States for the first time in 17 years from June, according to a schedule announced on his website.
The "25 Live" tour will kick off in San Diego on June 17, touring cities including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York and venues in Canada, before finishing in Florida on August 8.
The 44-year-old has had 10 number one singles in the United States, but the last was in 1991 when he dueted with Elton John on "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me."
Michael has spent the last 12 months taking the "25 Live" tour round 12 European countries, tying in with a greatest hits album of the same title. The record will be released in the United States in April.
He is making his US acting debut this week in a series on ABC television called "Eli Stone."
In 1998 he was caught engaging in a "lewd act" in a public toilet in Los Angeles, while more recently he was given 100 hours' community service in Britain for driving while unfit with drugs last year.
In 2002, he courted controversy with a cartoon video for his song "Shoot the Dog," which depicted then British prime minister Tony Blair as a poodle of US President George W. Bush.