The "BG2K" concert and year-end comments
The Bee Gees performed live at the National Car Rental Centre in Ft. Lauderdale
, Florida, U.S.A. on the new century's eve. The show, called "BG2K"
concert, were attended by 10.018 people, and the sale results, according
to the promoters, were disappointing, because of the high costs. Anyway
the year-end show were generally disappointing. The Eagles in Las Vegas
and Gloria Estefan in Miami reached the same show audience. So this year
ends, a transition year for the Bee Gees and theirs fans. Now the waiting
is for the new album, due next year, and for the new concerts, it seems
(15 December 1999) The Bee Gees' Top
10 Of The Century
The brothers Gibb were asked to express their Top 10 music of the century
by "CDNOW", the known online records store. Here are their (maybe
surprising) Top 10:
1. The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
2. The Beatles, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
3. Elvis Presley, Heartbreak Hotel and Jailhouse Rock
4. Frank Sinatra
5. Michael Jackson, Thriller
6. Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced?
7. Pink Floyd, Music From Big Pink
8. Everly Brothers
9. Pasty Cline
10. Rod Stewart, Every Picture Tells A Story
(30 November 1999) New cover of a Bee
Gees song, Top 10 in UK
On 21 November was released in UK a cover of the Gibb song "Love
me" by the English East Enders star Martine Mc Cutcheon. This cover
version was recorded to raise money for the charity funds for "Children
In Need". The song entered the UK charts at # 6.
(5 November 1999) "An audience
with the Bee Gees", the highest rated music special in UK for 1998
According to the Statistics Book of the BPI (British Phonographic Industry)
for the year 1998, the programme: "An Audience With The Bee Gees",
which was aired in Britain in November 1998 was the years highest
rated music special with more than 10,2 million viewers in Britain.
(30 October 1999) Released the new Gibb
song included in the Tina Turner's new set
"I Will Be There", written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb
was released today, being in the new album by Tina Turner entitled "Twenty
Four Seven", out today in Europe.
It seems that the song was sent for an error by the Gibb publisher, even
if Tina Turner asked personally to the brothers to record the song, and
they gave their permission. It is a very good song, confirming that the
brothers Gibb are one of the best songwriting team in the pop-rock music
scene. The song is a mid-tempo and is fairly produced by Absolute, a production
team very known for their work with Spice Girls. The producers tried to
keep the general sound very similar to the last mid-tempo Tuner's singles,
and they worked it out. The result is a great song, in which the superior
blend of the Brothers Gibb melody is the key, even if Tina does a good
work, too. In Italy the Tina Turner albun was firstly reviewed by major
radio networks (Radio Dimensione Suono, 105, RTL, Capital) that gave big
emphasis to the presence in the set of a Bee Gees new song.
(22 October 1999) Bad reviews for the
"Saturday Night Fever" premiere on Broadway
The "Saturday Night Fever" Broadway version, which debuted on
21 October 1999 at Minksoff Theatre in NY was reviewed very badly by the
American critics. In particular Rolling Stone made an awful report of
the show. To see one of the few favoreable review about the show go to
Most of the critics, anyway, pointed their attention on the show production,
judged very approximate. The orchestral version of the Bee Gees songs
were also strongly criticized, like most of the Broadway musical versions
of well known pop rock hits (i.e. "Tommy" by the Who). No press
conference was yelded and there are no news about any statement by the
Bee Gees about the Broadway show. Available online are some pics of
the event. (Credits and special thanks for the pics: Songbird79@hotmail.com)
(12 October 1999) Bee Gees make "Saturday
Night Fever" donation
With the Broadway opening of Saturday Night Fever only a week away, the
Bee Gees have decided to make the Oct. 21 premiere evening a charity benefit,
donating 100 opening-night tickets, along with 100 invitations to the
celebrity party after the musical, to MusiCares, the recording industry's
financial assistance and addiction recovery organization.
In a statement, the Gibb brothers said, "In addition to MusiCares'
many health initiatives, we are particularly anxious to support their
addiction recovery programs and wish this counseling had been available
years ago when it could have helped many young musicians who became casualties,
including our brother Andy."
NARAS President Michael Greene added, "We are very grateful to this
legendary group for their generosity. Barry, Robin, and Maurice have been
great friends to the Academy, and we appreciate their involvement with
MusiCares. Though they have reached the highest level of success, this
gesture shows the Bee Gees are still in touch with the needs of the music
community." (Credits for this news: launch.com)
(23 September 1999) A new Bee Gees song
in the Tina Turner's upcoming new album
The new album by the pop-rock diva Tina Turner will include the unreleased
song "I will be there", written by Barry, Robin and Maurice
Gibb. The new Turner's set, titled "Twenty Four Seven", will
be released on Europe on 1st november 1999 and in the rest of the world
on February 2000. To know more details about this great news please take
a look to Billboard
(11 September 1999) The "Saturday
Night Fever" musical opens in Germany, soon in Broadway and next
year in Australia
The German version of the "Saturday Night Fever" musical debuted
at the Musical Dome in Koln, Germany. The Bee Gees didn't attend the premiere
but recorded a video message that was shown before the opening of the
show. The reactions of the German press were very positive, together with
the usual warm attention of the loyal German fans. If you want to know
and see more about the German show, please go to the Official German site of the SNF musical.
The SNF musical, that debuted last year in London, will have a first prewiew
at the Minksoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th Street, Broadway on 28 September
1999, while the opening night will be on 21 October 1999. The Bee Gees
are scheduled to attend the event.
Finally, in March 2000 the musical will debut in Australia, at the Sidney's
(8 September 1999) The IOM Bee Gees
stamps: online purchase, press release and a new website
The long awaited sets of Bee Gees stamps by the Isle of Man Post Office
will be released on 12 October 1999, as already anticipated by the IOMVC website, the Official
Bee Gees website and the major official Bee Gees fan clubs. The sets can
be purchased online going to the Isle
of Man Post Office - Stamps Centre or taking a look to a brand new
website dedicated to the Bee Gees and their stamps, BeeGeesStamps.com
. In this website you will find detailed info and images of the stamps,
together with a Bee Gees tribute section. You will find also a press release
about this exciting event, that follows several other Internet and press
news about this wonderful homage to the Bee Gees' career.
(27 August 1999) A new Bee Gees/Andy
22 years after the "Authorized Biography" by David Leaf, a new,
more complete Bee Gees/Andy Gibb Biography will be available on October
2000. The great news comes from the writing team of the upcoming hardback
book, that gave the delighted announce of the reached agreement with a
major publishing house for the release of the work (over 600 pages covering
the whole Gibb Brothers' career). The team (BGQ board member Andrew Môn
Hughes, Melinda Bilyeu and Bee Gees experts Joseph Brennan in USA and
Mark Crohan in Australia), is heavily involved to finish the book this
(18 August 1999) Ronan Keating (Boyzone)
teams up with Barry Gibb
The Irish singer Ronan Keating of the pop stellar act Boyzone is reported
to have been in Miami on the first half of August, working with Barry
Gibb on new material for his new solo album, due next year.
According to Boyzone's sources Keating co-wrote and produced a song with
Barry and Maurice Gibb.
(21 June 1999)"One Night Only"
album certified Gold in U.S.A.
Latest Bee Gees album, the live set "One Night Only", recorded
from the Las Vegas MGM concert in november 1997, has received the the
Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) award gold certification
for album sales exceeding 500,000 units (Source: "Billboard Online".)
Worldwide sales of the album, according to Polydor International, exceed
(01 June 1999)The Bee Gees new year's
eve concert in South Florida
The Bee Gees will play a new live concert on 31 December 1999, new year's
eve, in in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Tickets' sale begins on June 11th. Some tickets will be reserved to the
fans club members.
All the details about this big event can be found clicking here.
(25 May 1999)AGMF '99: Huge success
The fourth "Andy Gibb Memorial Fondation" event was a huge success,
according to several reports supplied by the fans that were attending.
Maurice, Barbara and Linda Gibb attended the event too, while Barry and
Robin Gibb did not.
(10 May 1999)No Gibb song on the new
Backstreet Boys album
The Gibb penned song "Sacred trust", prevoiusly reported as
written for the BSB new album "Millenium", was surprisingly
not included in the set.
No official reasons were given. Unofficial sources said that the song,
that seem to be a ballad, was not included as in the BSB's new set there
are many ballads.
Maybe the song will be included in the new Bee Gees album, due for first
months of 2000, together with the songs originally written for Deanna
Carter and Bette Midler, that, equally, weren't included in the albums
of the mentioned artists.
(15 April 1999)AGMF '99 Spectacular
The fourth "Andy Gibb Memorial Fondation" event, the fourth
fundraiser that will take place in Miami on May 29 is completely sold
out. The enthusiastic reaction of the fans is a huge tribute to the loving
memory of Andy Gibb.
Full details and more about this important event and about the goals of
the AGMF can be found clicking
(11 April 1999)Bee Gees and Olivia Newton-John
together in Sidney 2000 Olimpics
The Bee Gees
and Olivia Newton-John are scheduled to play together in the inauguration
ceremony of the Olimpic Games in Australia next year.
The source of this news (to be confirmed by the official Bee Gees sources)
is the Italian music news site "Rock Online Italia".
For further small details (unfortunately only in Italian) you may click here.
Probably they will perform together the new song that the Bee Gees have
written for Olivia in these days, according to what the Brothers said
during one of their Australian interviews given during their very recent
ONO OZ tour. Olivia Newton-John attended the Las Vegas first ONO Bee Gees
show in November 1997 and introduced the Sidney show.
Rumors are reported also about a Bee Gees concert in Hong Kong in May
2000, but nothing yet is confirmed.
(4 April 1999) The smash "One
Night Only" OZ concerts
in South Pacific for the last two dates of the triumphant Bee Gees world
tour "One Night Only", On March 20 at Western Springs, Auckland,
New Zealand there was a 62.000 people attendance and on March 27 at Stadium
Australia, Sydney, Australia there was a 65.000 people attendance! The
playlist of the two dates was very similar to the set of the previous
dates, with some little changes (i.e. "Spicks and Specks").
The Bee Gees dedicated the song "For whom the Bell Tolls" in
the Sidney concert to the Kosovo children, that are tragically suffering
in the actual war. The Australian concert was freely broadcasted by the
Australian TV "Channel 9".
During their South Pacific sojourn, the Brothers Gibb gave several interviews
and met their sister Leslie, which lives in Australia.
The "One Night Only" live CD (available in OZ also in a special
limited version including the six songs that were not available in the
edited previous CD version), went to number one in New Zealand, (where
ONO is the most successful 1998 album) and Australia.
(24 March 1999) BGI closed down after
Gibb Information) one of the older and important Bee Gees fan club, has
been closed down by the Bee Gees personal management.
After 28 years of activity and more than 100 numbers of the brilliant
fanzine "The Spirit" (formerly "Lamplight"), the Euro-based
but worldwide very popular Bee Gees appreciation society has been ended
due to internal conflict between the members of the Board.
Former BGI Board member Ann Grootjans and former BGI UK representative
and BeeGeeologist Andrew Mon Hughes have been appointed as members of
the most important official Bee Gees fan club, the BGQ (Bee Gees Quarterly).
(10 March 1999) Australia and New Zealand
"One Night Only" Bee Gees live concerts are arriving!
There are excellent news for the Bee Gees in South Pacific!
The "One Night Only" album is doing extremely well both in New
Zealand (it reached number 1)and in Australia (it went at number 2).
In Australia the Bee Gees will finish their "One Night Only"
world (very successful) tour. The last two concert dates are as follows:
20, 1999: Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand
March 27, 1999: Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia
On the wings
of the extraordinary success of the "One Night Only" live album
and after "Still Waters" huge success, in New Zealand 35,000
tickets for the Auckland show were sold on the first day (November 12th
1999) and all of the reserved seats were sold out by lunchtime. Official
sources say it's a record.
The Bee Gees performance in Sydney will be the first concert held in the
new Olympic venue Stadium Australia, and the latest chart
news from Australia make us feel it will be a sellout!
Official sources say that after these shows the Gibbs, after a brief break,
will begin ti work on the new album, that seems to be called "Technicolor
Dream". It seems that many of the songs are already written.
(20 February 1999) Brothers Gibb penned
songs in the Billboard LOVE chart
written by the brothers Gibb are included in the the Billboard 'Love'
Chart, that scores the Top 50 songs from the last 40 years with "Love"
in the title. They are:
"How deep is your LOVE" (Number 16)
"Woman in LOVE" (Number 22)
"(LOVE is) thicker than water" (Number 42)
is available online and the songs can be heard at this Bilboard URL
February 1999)Upcoming new Bee Gees cover single
contest winner, Israelian act Dana International is releasing a cover
of the Gibb penned song "Woman in love", that as we all know,
was originally a huge hit for Barbra Streisand in 1980.
The song was featured on the multiplatinum brilliant album "Guilty",
produced by Barry Gibb with Karl Richardson and Albhy Galuten. All the
songs in that album were written or co-written by Barry Gibb.
The Dana International cover is included in the Bee Gees tribute album
"Gotta get a message to you", that also includes the hit cover
version of "More than a woman" by 911 (UK # 2) and "Tragedy"
by Steps (UK #3, and according to the Official charts sources, selling
more than any other song written by the Bee Gees in UK). The tribute album
also include a very interesting cover version of "I started a joke"
by the multi Brit Awards winner artist Robbie Williams and ORB.
Other details are available about this new cover by Dana International
are available online here
February 1999) Backstreet Boys new album with a Gibb tune:
near to the record label of the very popular band Backstreet Boys says
that in the act' new album, due tentatively in May, is included the Gibb
penned song "Sacred trust".
Seems that the song is the track # 12 in the new upcoming release. Backstreet
Boys fans' sources say that band member Kevin Richardson has confirmed
the news in a very recent internet chat.
(30 January 1999)Barry Gibb honors Frank
Sinatra at "Love and Hope ball"
On 23 January
Barry Gibb did a wonderful live show at the 25th anniversary of the "Love
and Hope ball", in Miami. The concert was an outstanding tribute
to the late Frank Sinatra. Barry sang 13 Sinatra songs, including classics
like"My way" and "New York, New York."
"Bee Gees Italy" had the big honour to have been the first (and
for a long time the sole) website in all the Net to have several exclusive
pics of this important
event!! See also the report
of the concert!
(15 January 1999)Bee Gees Stamps Approved
A serie of
Bee Gees stamps will be issued later this year, included in a new stamp
issue in the Isle of Man, the birthplace of the Bee Gees. The title of
this new issue is "Legends of Music". For further details please
see IOMVC site and BGI site pages dedicated to this
(10 January 1999)"One Night Only"
number one in Holland and still in the top 10 UK
The huge success of the live album "One Night Only" goes on
also in 1999. After its huge success in 1998,
the Bee Gees live set mantains its high position in the charts also in
the beginning of this new year, expecially in Europe. In fact the album
reaches the number one position in Holland (and it will stay at the top
for several weeks) and stays in the top 10 in UK during all the month,
becoming the most successful Bee Gees album in the UK since"Spirits
having flown" in 1979.
Unfortunately the album in USA seems not to repeat the platinum level
of "Still Waters". While worldwide "One night only"
is doing very well, the US market seems to be the only important market
where the album is a partial flop (it only entered in the top 100). US
fans report, as one of the most important cause of this, the usual disappointing
lack of Polydor's promotion for the album.
(8 January 1999) Bee Gees covers high
in the Charts
Bee Gees current effort does very well, there are in the present musical
scene various Gibb tunes covered by several artists, and all of these
are big hits.
In fact, after the success of "911" rendition of "More
than a woman", the second single from the Bee Gees tribute album,
"Gotta get a message to you", the Step's version of "Tragedy",
become a smash hit in UK. The sales of the single, that will stay in the
UK top ten for two consecutive weeks, surpass any sales of a Bee Gees
song in UK, also the ones performed by the Bee Gees themselves.
In the meantime, also two other covers not included in the mentioned
tribute album("You should be dancing" by Blockster -top 10 in
the UK-) and ("I started a joke" by Faith No More) confirm the
current magical moment for the Bee Gees.