On September 9, 2012, George Michael made pop history as the first pop star to perform at the historic Palais Garnier Opera house in Paris. He also used that concert to raise money for AIDS charity Sidaction. Read this short newspaper clip about his charitable giving while making history:
Singer George Michael has become the first international popstar to perform in Paris’ Opera Gamier, a venue more known as a stage for classical music and opera.
The British star performed Sunday evening, as part of his “Symphonica Tour,” to support French AIDS charity Sidaction. He was cheered on by a roll call of celebrities including “The Artist” actress Berenice Bejo, fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and Charlie Chaplin’s actress granddaughter Dolores Chaplin.
The concert was followed by a star-studded gala dinner which hoped to raise several hundred thousand euros for the fight against AIDS.
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