George Michael to open new arena in Perth during 'Symphonica' tour
Published May 3 2012, 03:54 BST | By Kate Goodacre George Michael
will start the Australian leg of his 'Symphonica' tour by opening a new arena in Perth.
The singer will headline a special gala event to formally open the venue on November 10, according to Perth Now
Colin Barnett, who is premier of Western Australia, revealed the news on Thursday (May 3) and promised that the Perth Arena would be "a venue... of unrivalled quality."
However, the 15,500-capacity development has attracted some controversy as a result of construction delays, rising costs and changes to the design.
Michael has rescheduled several dates on his 'Symphonica' tour
for the autumn after a health scare last year, and his management have confirmed today that he will return to Australia.
The musician was forced to cancel a number of concerts when he contracted a life-threatening case of pneumonia
Michael has announced that he will give away 1,000 tickets to medical staff in Vienna who he credits with saving his life
Watch George Michael perform 'Roxanne' on the 'Symphonica' tour below: