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Wham! Marks 40th Anniversary With Documentary

Paying homage to the famous British duo, Wham!‘s 40th anniversary will be marked by a Netflix documentary and music reissue.

Andrew Ridgeley, the surviving member of the 1980’s super act, has been in talks with the representatives of his late musical partner George Michael about commemorating the milestone, the July 5 film release, and the re-issue of their back catalogue.

A source told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column:

“There are loads of things being lined up to celebrate Wham! for the 40th anniversary.” “Andrew has been working with George’s estate to come up with ideas to honor the group’s legacy and one of those is the Netflix documentary.”“It features loads of unseen footage.” “There are still millions of Wham! fans around the world and it will be really special for them to hear the group’s stories because there’s lots in there that Andrew has never spoken about before.”

Earlier this week, a TikTok channel for the British pair was launched to bring their music to a new generation of fans, about which Andrew said: “It’s heart-warming to know that the TikTok generation embrace Wham!’s vibrancy and its appeal to the young and youthful endures.”

George and Andrew met at school and the now 60-year-old singer previously admitted he particularly misses doing “ordinary” things with his late friend and musical colleague. Speaking on the television show ‘This Morning’, Ridgeley said:

“The last time I saw George was over a game of Scrabble, making up for a humiliating beating the previous week.” “He liked to do ordinary things with his friends. Those moments were the ones I enjoyed the most as well.” “I miss him a lot on occasions. I think anyone who has lost a close friend or relative will understand.”

‘Wham!’ enjoyed massive success in the first half of the 1980s before breaking up 1986 when George decided to become a solo artists. Andrew felt that the band’s progress took them by surprise, stating “The scale and speed of our success, I don’t think either of us could have anticipated.”

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Louise Palanker