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George Michael celebrates recovery at Vienna gig

George Michael first returned to the stage at the Olympics closing ceremony. Credit: Tony Marshall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Following his cameo at the Olympics closing ceremony, George Michael made a healthy return to the stage in Vienna last night after fighting for his life 10 months earlier.

The 49-year-old declared it was "great to be alive" as he resumed his postponed Symphonica tour in Austria, where he spent weeks in hospital battling pneumonia last November.

The singer donated 1,000 tickets to medical staff to thank them for saving his life.

Michael will now play in Paris and Amsterdam, before returning to the UK for gigs in Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and London.