New Jersey Stage
New Jersey Stage on social media


Interested in a topic or organization in particular? Follow it with a NJ Stage Alert

Billboard Magazine Celebrates Life of George Michael

Billboard Magazine Celebrates Life of George MichaelThe year 2016 will long be remembered for the list of incredible artists who left us, beginning with David Bowie in January and ending with George Michael on Christmas.  Those part of Generation X were shocked to wake up to the reality that so many of the artists they grew up with would no longer be around.  Billboard Magazine has just released a special tribute to George Michael that fans will want to read. In the issue, Rob Kahane (Michael's manager) opens up about George's feelings on his own looks, his life, career, and the new music he was working on.

Kahane who managed George Michael at the height of his solo career met up with the singer in early December 2016.  Michael had recently finished 18 months in a Swiss rehab facility.

“I called him, and he said, ‘I’m good.’ He sounded fine,” said Kahane. Though the two hadn’t talked in years, they made a plan to have lunch in January. And Kahane heard a few of Michael’s new songs, which he says are “totally pop, like something that would’ve been on Faith. The songs weren’t depressing. That’s why I thought everything was OK with him.”

Unlike many stars from the 1980s, Michael rarely produced much music in the last 20 years.  In fact, his only two releases consisted of an album of mostly standards sung with an orchestra in 1999 and Patience in 2004.  Following a successful run with Wham and the incredible success of Faith (1987) which sold 25 million copies worldwide and 10 million in the United States, he left many fans wondering why he seemingly disappeared from the industry.

Judging from the recent reports of his final years, including battles with weight and drug issues, it appears his appearance played a major role in his avoidance of the spotlight.  According to the Billboard feature, his looks was a battle he fought throughout his life. Rob Tannenbaum who penned the piece recalls Michael telling him in an interview from 1986, "People have no comprehension of what I looked like as a kid,” he said, laughing. “I was such an ugly little bastard.”



 


Kahane told Billboard, “He never thought he was good-looking.  When he looked in the mirror, he’d still see a pudgy, homely kid.”

Despite the way he felt about his looks, Michael always knew he would be famous.  He also knew that he would die young. Both premonitions would prove correct.

“From a really early age, I believed I was going to be a star,” he told Tannenbaum in the 1986 interview. “I remember being on a bus when I was a child, about 8 or 9. I’d had a bad day at school -- I’d been picked on -- and I remember thinking it would be OK when I was older, because I wasn’t going to be like everybody else. That’s the reason kids want to be stars. They think they’ll be able to rise above their problems because they’re famous -- which obviously isn’t true.”

In late December, the Daily Mirror reported that George Michael had three albums of unreleased music in his private collection, including The Trojan Souls which contained "This Kind of Love" - a song produced by Elton John that was linked online by Michael's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz in his memory.  Will fans ever be able to hear these "lost" albums? Time will tell.  For the complete Billboard feature, click here.



originally published: 2017-01-06 00:00:00


Features You Might Like


We Just Can’t Help Fallin’ in Love with ELVIS Tribute Artist Richie Santa!
We Just Can’t Help Fallin’ in Love with ELVIS Tribute Artist Richie Santa!
“Just Like it Was in the ‘60s!” The Association LIVE! at The Newton Theatre!
“Just Like it Was in the ‘60s!” The Association LIVE! at The Newton Theatre!
“It’s Just Incredible What the Human Voice Can Do!” Vocalosity LIVE! at The Grunin Center!
“It’s Just Incredible What the Human Voice Can Do!” Vocalosity LIVE! at The Grunin Center!
“Playing Live Music and Playing Amongst Great Musicians — There’s Nothing Like It!” An interview with Patrick Chamberlain of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
“Playing Live Music and Playing Amongst Great Musicians — There’s Nothing Like It!” An interview with Patrick Chamberlain of New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Show Previews

Bluegrass Greats Del & Dawg To Come To The Newton Theatre
Bluegrass Greats Del & Dawg To Come To The Newton Theatre
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra To Perform Alongside "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" Film At NJPAC
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra To Perform Alongside "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" Film At NJPAC
NJPAC Presents Stanley Jordan and Billy McLaughlin
NJPAC Presents Stanley Jordan and Billy McLaughlin
 An Evening with Gilberto Santa Rosa At NJPAC In April 2017
An Evening with Gilberto Santa Rosa At NJPAC In April 2017






EVENT CALENDAR
Friday, Feb 24, 2017

Cranston Dean @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

DAVID DUCHOVNY @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Express Yourself - An 80s Dance Party @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 10:00pm

Keith Beck's Zigman Bird Album Release HYPOMANIA @ Roxy and Dukes, Dunellen, - 9:00pm

Air Supply @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm






Queens of Soul @ Maxwells Tavern, Hoboken - 8:30pm

Occidental Gypsy at the Minstrel @ Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown - 7:30pm

Sal Valentinetti @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm

Shut The Folk Up & Listen @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm




Add your events to the calendar for free,
Click here



There are 6 more events listed for today

View all events








 
















For more on our awards, click here








New Jersey Stage © 2017 by Wine Time Media, LLC | PO Box 140, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 (732) 280-7625 | info@newjerseystage.com

Images used on this site have been sent to us from publicists, artists, and PR firms.
If there is a problem with the rights to any image, please contact us and we will look into the matter.