Whatever their musical preference, no child of the 1980s can deny they danced or smooched to a Wham! hit or two.
Teenage tonsil-hockey to Careless Whisper was de rigeur as were the Choose Life T-shirts and big, bouffant hair.
After Wham! split in 1986, George Michael forged a successful solo career and was a regular fixture in the charts until late '90s.
Following reports of lewd behaviour, drug-taking and depression, the tabloids declared he was well past his soul-boy date.
But after his surprise duet with Sir Paul McCartney at Live 8 last year, the stage appeared to be set for his return. George's fans have waited 15 years for this tour, and last night they were treated to some classic Wham! and early solo hits as he revisited the '80s, something the 43-year-old had vowed never to do.
Finally, 15 minutes late, the opening chords of Waiting were heard and George, clad in an Armani suit and shades, appeared to a deafening welcome on the second of his three nights at the NEC.
Club classics Flawless, Fast Love, and Too Funky, before he slowed the pace down for some familiar ballads,as father figure gives way to the first synthesized notes of the first Wham! anthem – Everything She Wants – were drowned out by the loudest cheers.
Our nostalgia for all things '80s has a lot to answer for but this still sounds good, George's voice seems on.ly to improve with age.
The infamous inflatable George Bush being fellated by a blow-up British bulldog, enables George to make his tongue-in-cheek point over Iraq during Shoot The Dog, before taking a short break.
In the second half he brought out the big guns, returning with Faith which is fabulous, before a stripped-back version of Jesus To A Child.
As he launched into I'm Your Man it was obvious many fans wanted more Wham! but there was no Club Tropicana, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, or even a festive singalong to Last Christmas.
But to judge the man by his omissions would be harsh, because his solo material is amazing, but in final a nod to his tabloid tales George ended the set with disco anthem Outside.
As an encore, George went back to 1984 for Careless Whisper, before leaving on a high with an almost euphoric version of Freedom 90.
Before leaving the stage he asked if it was worth the wait. Of course it was. Welcome back George.
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