(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Over 240,000 tickets for George Michael's first tour in 15 years sold out within hours after going on sale on April 23. Phone lines were jammed with demands when tickets went on sale at 10am. By lunch-time the vast majority of them had sold out as fans scrambled to gain access to Michael's hotly-anticipated tour. Additional tour dates have been added to accommodate the demand for tickets.
"It is not surprising that the tickets sold so well as, after all, it is George Michael," said a Ticketmaster spokesperson. "I suppose they sold as quickly as we would have expected for a singer of his stature."
"It has sold fantastically well," said Barrie Marshall of Marshall Arts Ltd. "In fact, these have been the fastest sale of tickets in the 30 years that we have been promoting shows."
The former Wham! idol's greatest hits tour will kick off in Madrid on September 27 and will reach the UK in November. He will play the MEN Arena in Manchester on November 17-18 and 21, the SECC in Glasgow on November 22, the NEC Arena in Birmingham on December 2-4, Wembley Arena from December 11-15 and Earl's Court on November 25-26.– Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen