Exclusive: George Michael
The star speaks to us about opening Wembley Stadium, drugs and his new material
George Michael has revealed he pestered Wembley bosses to make sure he opened the rebuilt stadium.
In an exclusive interview for VH1s Inside Track he said: I started making enquiries last year and I told the people building Wembley I dont care when it happens but I want to open it.
The singer of hits Fast Love and Outside will be the first artist to play the 90,000 capacity venue on June 9.
George added: Im not afraid this time just excited. I can only imagine something the size of Wembley. Ive spent the last two years getting ready (for this tour).
I was shocked at how well my voice has survived after all these years and I havent had to stop smoking the Weed!
Speaking to Jo Whiley the former Wham star also spoke about the huge amounts he can earn from private shows.
My starting price is $3 Million and it will probably go up when I stop touring, George revealed. What Im thinking is that I can be a bit Robin Hood about people wanting to see me (play live) privately.
Michael believes this can help him release music his own way: Im not a complete fool, he said. What Id like to do is release my music for free to people who want to go get it- then I wont have to interact with an increasingly hostile media.
The Jo Whiley Inside Track special is on VH1 at 7pm next Friday May 11