Listen to the intro spiel of George Michael at the Equality Rocks concert held on April 29,
Thank you, good evening! My God, a
Okay, this is the first time I’ve actually been on an American stage since 1991 (audience cheering). So .. so I hope you all forgive me if I give a brief rundown of.. well for any non-George Michael fans out there – and God knows there are a few of you. I hope you’ll allow me to just tell you what I’ve been doing for a while.
1991 was actually the same year that I had my first relationship with a man. I was 27 years old. I know the guys are thinking.. you’re thinking: “Fuck! Fancy going 27 years without a decent shag.” But believe me, I’ve been making up for lost time!
Anyway, his name was Anselmo Feleppa and he was a beautiful warm-hearted, funny human being. I loved him very, very much.
In the meantime, the British press, and therefore the international press, had a field day. They reported my partner’s death and of course my sexuality in their normal charming way. And although, actually in
Anyway, I thought the best way to respond to the tabloids and the international rags was to write and sing an album for Anselmo. About loving him and about losing him. When I did that it took me a couple of years because it was kind of recovery, but I released it in 1996. It was called Older and it became.. thank you … it became internationally – outside of America – it became my fastest selling and biggest selling album. I released two singles from it. One was called Jesus to a Child, the other was called Fast Love.
And even though they were actually both records that topped the charts in Europe for a couple of month at a time, funnily enough, no one here played them. So most Americans didn’t get to hear that album.
So skip forward a couple of years, 1998 and I find myself performing to what I thought was a gay audience of one, in a Beverly Hills restroom (the audience is cheering). It sounds so much better than
But anyway, I wrote a song about that particular incident which was all about cruising, in case you hadn’t guessed. And I’d love to have played that for you here tonight. But again, even though it was
And I’m sorry for boring you with it all. But I think the reason I had to do it was because a lot of the press and media in this country, and actually, unfortunately even the gay press in this country – some of them – seem to think that I have no career anymore and that I’m here tonight to exploit the last remaining George Michael fans there are (the audience is cheering) ..which actually is complete bullshit, because I’m here to say thank you. And to tell you that I know that even though I’ve not been on the radio for the last nine years in the States, there are so many people in this stadium tonight that have stuck by me and I really love them for that!
I thank you with all my heart!
- When George Michael Produced a Documentary on Gay Teens
- George Michael on Headlining ‘Equality Rocks’ (The Advocate, 2000)
- George Michael Interview with Capital FM Radio with Dr. Fox (Dec 1998)
- Graham Norton Interview with George Michael (2003)
- George Michael on Anselmo Feleppa