Ha scosso il mondo del rock e del pop la scomparsa di George Michael. Il cantante è morto nelle prime ore del pomeriggio del giorno di Natale appena passato: già nella notte tra il 25 e il 26 dicembre, a nemmeno un'ora dall'irruzione della notizia sulle principale testate internazionali, sono tantissime le star che hanno tributato un omaggio pubblico all'artista scomparso, a partire dall'ex compagno nei Wham! Andrew Ridgeley, che ha scritto due tweet: "Ho il cuore spezzato per la perdita di Yog" (ovvero Yours Old George).
Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx https://t.co/OlGTm4D9O6— Andrew Ridgeley (@ajridgeley) December 26, 2016
God didn't give it, you did my old friend.— Andrew Ridgeley (@ajridgeley) December 26, 2016
Cleft with grief.
A xx https://t.co/yPzbB3rDGE
"Ci mancherà quello che è stato, ma ancora di più quello che doveva venire". Firmato: U2
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The tenderness of George Michael's version of Miss Sarajevo brought this Irish tenor to his knees... no opera, no histrionics No Irish or Italian melancholy needed George Michael was a beautiful soul made vulnerable by music We'll miss what was but what was next we'll miss even more
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Farewell My Friend! 🙏🏻 Another Great Artist leaves us. 💔Can 2016 Fuck Off NOW? pic.twitter.com/aEGIUNSJbt— Madonna (@Madonna) December 26, 2016
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i bought Listen Without Prejudice the day it came out, which happened to be my 15th birthday. even when i put it on now, hearing the opening chords of “praying for time”—the opening tune, i can picture the exact shade of yellow paint that covered my teenage bedroom. it all comes back to me in pure technicolour. that’s how much of a mark that song left on me. i had never heard a musical language quite like that before. later, when i discovered the 70’s masterworks of Stevie Wonder, i started to understand where George got it from. but at that point, to my naive musical knowledge, it blew the doors open. it prepared me for Stevie in a way. later on, as a DJ in hip-hop clubs in New York City in the late 90’s, George/Wham’s “Everything She Wants” was one of maybe three or four tunes by white artists that you could follow MJ, Frankie Beverly or Roy Ayers with. the keyboard lick from “Father Figure” comprised the bones for the Jungle Bros.’ classic, underground club destroyer “J Beez Comin’ Through”. So while “Faith” and the like made George a global phenom, another side of his genius as singer, writer, producer and arranger made him a bonafide giant of soul music. as did most soul afficionados, George had a huge affinity for the music of Amy Winehouse. i imagine he felt more than a little kindred spiritness to some of the personal stuff too. Anyway, as a result of my ties to Amy, he called me once. i was on holiday exactly around this time 9 years ago. he told me he had a few soulful tunes left off of Faith that he never got to finish and asked if i would be interested in working on them. i remember one of the songs was absolutely flooring, as good as any pop/soul ballad of the era. i said of course i would be interested—all the while in complete disbelief that i was actually on the phone with GEORGE MICHAEL. i don’t know why, for some reason it never materialized. i hope one day i might get to, but i really dreamed of being in the room with him while i did. this is a tough day in a brutal year. but i'm so grateful for what he left us xxx
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George ? George Michael ? No ... it cannot be. Beyond sad. #RIPGeorgeMichael Bri— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) December 25, 2016
"George Michael? Non ci posso credere... sono oltre la tristezza"
Unbelievable.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) December 25, 2016
RIP George Michael.
"Incredibile. RIP George Michael"
"2016, ancora una perdita di un'anima talentuosa. Tutto il nostro amore alla famiglia di George Michael"
Oh no. George Michael RIP.— Gary Numan (@numanofficial) December 25, 2016
I don't have it in me anymore to write about our greats. I just knew one day I'd get to work with #GeorgeMichael. Sad Christmas.— Trash That Rizzo Statue (@questlove) December 25, 2016
Stunned. George Michael. A talented and gentle soul. May you rest in Gods love and Peace 🙏🏿 #RIPGeorgeMichael— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) December 26, 2016
Very sad to hear that George Michael passed. He was a very talented musician and singer. Love & mercy to his family, friends and fans.— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) December 25, 2016
So sorry to hear of the passing of George Michael. My prayers and condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.— Gloria Gaynor (@gloriagaynor) December 25, 2016