Music Industry News Network [09-16-2004]
Bee Gee Robin Gibb Returns From A Self Imposed Hiatus
“I have spent almost two years reconciling my personal life and determining my future. With a terrific team, I am looking forward to the many years to come and the outstanding projects we have in store, beginning almost immediately. I am very appreciative of the love, support and consideration that fans, business associates, and media have shown since Maurice’s passing.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Los Angeles, September 16, 2004) -- Fortunately for millions of fans worldwide, music legend Robin Gibb has returned from his self-imposed hiatus after the untimely loss of his twin brother and fellow Bee Gee Maurice. Robin’s immediate plans include an extraordinary live tribute concert and worldwide television special, compilation and brand new recordings, and concert tours. The project spans over 5 years, and will re-introduce Robin and the Bee Gees to both past, present, and importantly the future.
Robin has just set off on the Magnetic Tour 2004 in Germany with the New Frankfurt Philharmonic, which is being taped by Eagle Vision for an upcoming DVD. Dr. Ralph Philipp Ziegler, Artistic Leader for the Philharmonic, is quoted as saying, “Having been chosen to team up with Robin Gibb fills us with great pride and we are extremely motivated, for Robin, and for our audience, to present this extraordinary event with the greatest enthusiasm.”
Next month, the ultimate compilation CD of some of the Bee Gees #1 songs will be released worldwide by Polydor.
Robin will return to the studio after the German dates to finish recording a new solo CD, produced by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds under Robin’s Magnet, Inc. production banner. The album will feature Bee Gees songs personally selected by Robin, and Babyface featuring chart topping contemporary vocalists including Jagged Edge, Black Eyed Peas, and a handful of the roster of Mathew Knowles’ new management division of Sanctuary Artist Management, as well as many outstanding surprises.
A limited Making Of non-scripted television series is planned to precede the release of the CD, which is anticipated for Fall ’05. An extensive World Tour will follow.
Perhaps the biggest project Robin is undertaking is a televised tribute concert for Maurice. Along with Maurice’s family, the Maurice Gibb Foundation and CG Management, comprised of long-time manager Ken Graydon, who continues to represent Robin in the UK and Europe, and well established British manager and publisher John Campbell, who has re-located to Los Angeles to set up an American operation and to represent Robin in the U.S., other international territories, Robin is preparing what promises to be the consummate star-studded, talent packed musical special event, a tribute to Maurice. It will take place in the United States in Spring ’05, and be broadcast on a U.S. television network and worldwide. Babyface will be the music director of the show, which is sure to be a major musical event of 2005, attracting enormous worldwide interest. It’s worth noting, friends of the top selling trio are all coming out to remember Maurice. Charity foundation EIF is in talks to become seriously involved in the project.
“Maurice loved life,” said Robin, “And we want to celebrate his life and talent the best way we know how – through music.”
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