Gay star George Michael is to play an exclusive free show for NHS staff to mark the end of his European tour as a thank you for the way nurses cared for his dying mother ten years ago.

The gig will be at the Roundhouse in December and fulfils a promise by the singer to provide a free show to the profession if he ever performed again.

He said: “Almost ten years ago, during the last week of my mother’s life, I told my friends and family that if I ever played my own concerts again, I would make sure to do a free one for NHS nurses.

Michael described the nurses as “incredible people.”

“I realised just how undervalued these amazing people are. And so I want to thank them with a Xmas concert, I can’t wait.

“Neither can the tour crew, for entirely different reasons,” he said.

The show will be on December 20 2006.

Tickets his first tour in 15 years sold out in two hours in April.