George Michael died on Christmas Day at the age of 53, and between then and now, members of his family have been bringing the messiness by sharing their thoughts on his cause of death. George’s partner Fadi Fawaz tweeted (and later deleted) that he thinks George committed suicide. George’s “cousin” told the BBC that he believes George died of an accidental overdose after getting back on the bad shit. Well, Fadi and George’s “cousin” can stop playing, “What Did George Michael Die Of?“, because the coroner released his official cause of death today.
During Adele’s tribute to George Michael at the Grammys, she stopped after the first verse of her slowed-down version of Fastlove, and said she had to do it right for him before staring over. Adele was taking that tribute performance very seriously. As it turns out, she was taking it seriously because the family of George Michael specifically wanted her to perform the tribute.
Adele opened the Grammys tonight with her cover of Lionel Richie’s Hello (I Wish) and so many people probably didn’t watch the rest of the show because they were crying out all of the liquids in their body while in the fetal position. But later on in the show, Adele did the tribute to George Michael.
Adele did a slowed-down version of one of my favorite George Michael songs, Fastlove. I nearly broke my jaw while cringing when I heard that Adele was going to do that song, because it is a great slut anthem and makes you want to give a stranger a lap dance, or troll for some dick in the park, or put up a Craigslist Casual Encounters ad with your real phone number hidden in it. Fastlove is not meant to be some sappy, melancholy, elevator song. So I was all ready to say three words that would’ve opened up a trap door to hell under my couch. The three words being: DAMN YOU, ADELE!
But I changed my mind when she stopped after her first verse, blew out the fuck word (which was bleeped, BOO!) and said, “I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him, I’m sorry, I can’t.” Adele then turned away from the mic and said “Fuck.” I like to think that George Michael was in the afterworld, loving every damn minute of this extra dramatic moment.
Watch Adele's tribute to George Michael in full here: pic.twitter.com/LmsfYFKMaG
— Adele Daily (@AdeleDailyInfo) February 13, 2017
Am I still here for Adele’s version of one of my favorite ho shit anthems? Not totally, but I appreciate her starting over for George Michael and dropping the fuck word. And yes, next year, she will get the Grammy for the Best F Bomb Dropped During The Grammys.
The Music (via Queerty) reported on this lovely new mural of the late, great George Michael. It’s by Australian artist Scott Marsh and depicts George with a saintly halo, wearing white and rainbow-hued clerical garb, and bearing weed and poppers. I’m pretty sure this beautiful and holy vision has been experienced by many a Provincetown or Fire Island summer partier after partaking too freely of… what have you.
It’s George Michael as “patron saint of the gays!” (An equally dead Bea Arthur would like a word, Scott.) Scott explained his work, which he had permission to paint from the building’s owners who were friends with George.
They were telling me stories about him and their times with him in Sydney and he sounded like a pretty incredible person, so I just sat down with them and threw some ideas around. The idea we stuck with was him as the patron saint of the gays. They love it.”
Important detail: Since patron saints tend to cradle some sort of magical talisman, Marsh thought it wise to paint a joint and big bottle of amyl into Michael’s paws.
“[His friends] were like, ‘I don’t think we ever saw him without a joint in his hand,” he says, “‘and put amyl in his other hand,’ and I just thought, that’s too funny.”
This seems like the sort of thing George would have loved.
While George Michael is up in Heaven waiting for the angels to finish making him a sexy white leather biker jacket with holes cut in the back for his wings, his long-term boyfriend Fadi Fawaz is filling us in on some of the details of his death on Sunday.
Holiday Programming Note & Open Post: Hosted By David Bowie Grooving Along To George Michael Singing Queen
In case you couldn’t tell from everyone adult wrapping themselves while waiting for 2016 to finally end, it’s the final days of the year. So because it’s that time period between Christmas and New Year’s when many people get drunk at noon while watching the Snapped marathon on Oxygen, we’re going into holiday mode at Dlisted. I’ve gone on vacation with my family, which is sort of like hanging out with them at home. But instead of fighting in my mom’s living room, we fight at a restaurant and make all the other tourists uncomfortable. ‘Tis the season to make strangers nervously push their rice around while trying to drown out the sound of you and your sister fighting about Westworld theories.
Things will be a little lighter around here this week, but our resident guest providers of foolery, Ben and Krista, are coming in to help Allison and me out. They’ll be posting all this week and J. Harvey will cover Saturday. Everything will be back to normal on January 3rd. Although is it ever normal around here?
Yesterday, when I posted the soul-hurting news about George Michael’s death, I posted his performance of Somebody To Love at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert. So I leave you with this video from 1992 of George Michael singing the fuck out of Somebody To Love in rehearsal as David Bowie and Seal dance along. (Or as Sarah Michelle Gellar sees it, Boy George rehearsing as David Byrne and Terence Trent D’Arby dance along.)
“So about you trying to show me up at my own damn tribute concert….” is probably the first thing that Freddie Mercury said to George Michael in heaven.