By Mark Fordham
George Michael has resumed his Symphonica tour in Vienna, using it as an opportunity to thank the medical staff that treated him for near-fatal pneumonia in the city last year.
The star returned to the stage at Wiener Stadhalle following the postponement of the tour in November after falling ill in the city.
Some 300 staff from Vienna’s General Hospital were in attendance after having been given tickets as thank you gift from the star.
After telling the crowd that it felt “great to be alive” he performed a version of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good at the request of one of the doctors.
Michael’s first live set since the illness was at last month’s Olympics Closing Ceremony, where he was criticised for performing his latest single White Light.
However, he performed the song in front of his fans in Vienna and said: “I think given the manner of men and women who did save my life, we could not go without singing this song.”