The footage are behind-the-scenes rehearsal videos from a Freddie Mercury tribute concert.
In one, Michael – who passed away on Christmas Day – performs a rousing rendition of the Queen hit Somebody To Love.
The cameras not only capture Michael’s powerful vocals and performance ability, but also Bowie admiring him from the sidelines (beginning around the 3:12 mark). Standing next to Bowie with the dreadlocks is the singer Seal.
Bowie – who died in January 2016 – also performed at the same concert, singing Under Pressure with Annie Lennox.
In the video from their rehearsal, Michael is seen singing along as he watches them duet (beginning at the 2:13 mark).
It’s clear from both videos that Michael and Bowie greatly admired each other.
2016 has been a difficult year for the music community. Along with Bowie and Michael, other notable artists who passed away include Merle Haggard, Prince, and Leonard Cohen. – Reuters/Lawrence Yee
Original Carpool Karaoke
Another rarely-seen footage featuring George Michael is a clip from a Red Nose Day 2011 promotional video by Comic Relief in which actor James Corden (or “Smithy”) drives around London in a car, singing some songs …
The video is now known as the “original” Carpool Karaoke session, which is Corden’s best-loved segment from his American talk show, The Late Late Show With James Corden.