George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley to reform Wham!

'Pop extravaganza' to mark 30 years since duo got together
George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley to reform Wham!

George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley are set to reunite Wham! for a "one-off pop extravaganza" - a special show to mark 30 years since the duo initially got together.

As part of the 30 year celebrations, the Careless Whisper singer is also to put out his new single, White Light.

Michael said yesterday: "On June 29 it will be 30 years to the day that Wham! Rap, our first single, entered the charts.

"To celebrate, I'm releasing my new song. I dreamed of a career as a singer/songwriter from an early age, but never could I have known I'd still be here 30 years later, with much more music to give."

On the Wham! revivification, a source told the Daily Mirror: "George and Andrew have often said their Club Tropicana days are well behind them.

"But seeing as their anniversary coincides with George releasing new material, it's one of those 'now or never' moments.

"They probably won't do a long tour or release new material like Take That, but they do want to commemorate the event with a big gig... and an even bigger party afterwards!

"Things are still in the early stages but everybody is getting really excited about it."

Wham!'s first release was Wham! Rap (Enjoy What you Do) in 1982, which was one of a string of hits the group which included Young Guns (Go for It!), Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Last Christmas.

The pair went their separate ways in 1986, with Ridgeley, 49, settling into a quiet life and shunning publicity, while Michael, 48, went on to become one of the biggest selling British solo artists of the 80s and 90s.

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