Karel Gott to play O2 Arena

The Czechoslovak icon had limited his appearances due to ill health

The country’s most famous singer, Karel Gott, will be at O2 Arena on June 12, 2018, for a big show with special guests. Tickets go on sale March 6 at 9 am on the Ticketportal network.

“I would like to invite you to my concert at O2 Arena in Prague. … I am looking forward to being accompanied by Jiří Dvořák’s Boom! Band and guests for a special evening,” Karel Gott said on Facebook.

The announcement of such a big show comes as quite a surprise since Gott has made only a handful of appearances since he started experiencing health issues in October 2015. He announced a few month later that he had returned to health, but still has been keeping a low profile compared to previous years.

Plzeň native Gott said at the time of his recovery that he would not return to the stage until he was fully ready, as he did not want to put on bad shows where people considered him a “poor thing” and applauded out of sympathy.

He has made his fame singing ballads, though he has experimented with other styles to try to stay contemporary and reach a wider audience.

His big hits include “Den je krásný,” which he sang in the classic 1964 film Starci na chmelu and “Kdepak ty ptáčku hnízdo máš,” from the 1973 fairytale Tři oříšky pro Popelku. Others include “Lady Karneval,” “Kávu si osladím” and “Stokrát chválím čas.”

Some of his songs have Czech or German words to music from western pop tunes.

He has been performing since 1958 and has a large following not only in the Czech Republic and Slovakia but also in Germany and the former Soviet Union.

Gott also achieved some fame in the United States, spending six months in 1967 performing at the New Frontier Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The next year, Gott represented Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Tausend Fenster,” but did not win.

It is hard to estimate his record sales, but figures range from 50 million to 100 million units, with some 23 million in sales in Germany of German-language recordings.

His career began like many others on a talent show. He didn’t win, but it led to his first professional engagements. He became a fixture on the Prague music scene in the 1960s and his fame began to spread internationally.

Gott has won at the Czech Nightingale Awards (Český slavík) 42 times. The award is based on audience votes. He first won the award in 1963.

Gott had a farewell tour in 1990, but its success convinced him to keep on performing. In the 1990s he also increasingly became interested in painting. In May 2014 he published an autobiography.

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