London (Reuters): Pop star George Michael will give a special concert in London next month for the nurses of the National Health Service to thank them for caring for his mother who died of cancer in 1997. The gig at the Roundhouse on December 20 will mark the end of his sell-out tour of Europe, which was his first for 15 years.
''Almost ten years ago, during the last week of my mother's life, I told my friends and family that if I ever played my own concerts again I would make sure to do a free one for NHS nurses,'' the 43-year-old said in a statement yesterday. ''The nurses that helped my family at that time were incredible people, and I realised just how undervalued these amazing people are. ''And so I want to thank them with a Christmas concert. I can't wait. Neither can the tour crew, for entirely different reasons.''