"My name is George Michael. I was given the great honor of becoming the first contemporary artist to perform a concert at the Palais Garnier Opera House in Paris. This is the story of that night."
That's how George Michael introduces this stunning documentary of his live solo performance at the historic Paris Opera House in 2012, recorded for his latest live album Symphonica. The film brings together a compilation of live stage performances interspersed with behind-the-scenes footage and insights featuring George, his orchestra, and the legendary producer Phil Ramone, shortly before his death in 2013. The Symphonica tour concert performance in Paris will air Sunday, April 13, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on AXS TV. We have this exclusive clip of his performing "Let Her Down Easy" to get you in the mood.
In between performances of his classic songs, George describes the stories behind some of his favorite tracks and we see black-and-white studio footage of conversations with Ramone along with rehearsals with the Symphonica orchestra and George's backing singers. Before the end, George pays a moving tribute to the late Ramone, whom he describes as the most accomplished producer of the 20th century. "He understood more about music than anyone I had ever met... and it breaks my heart that he's not around to see this album released or to watch this documentary."