Robin Gibb was forced to cancel a series of Brazilian concerts after being rushed to hospital with abdominal pains. The Bee Gees star was taken ill Sunday morning (03.04.11) and doctors have warned him not to travel until they fully diagnose the problem. A spokesman for the singer said: “In the early morning he had terrible pain and he was feeling very ill. “A paramedic came out and he was taken to hospital. We are not sure what’s wrong with him at this stage and are worried.
“We don’t know if it is a recurrence of the previous problem or if it is something else entirely.”
Last year, Robin underwent surgery for a blocked intestine, the same condition which led to the death of his twin brother and Bee Gees bandmate Maurice in 2003.
He had suffered pains while performing in Belgium and his wife Dwina encouraged him to go to hospital for tests and shortly after scans he was told to prepare for emergency surgery.
He later recalled: ‘t was a shock. I’d been expecting to go home but instead I was told my intestine could burst at any time and I could be dead within half an hour.’
With the Bee Gees, which also included elder brother Barry, Robin has enjoyed five decades of chart hits including the group’s ’70s disco tracks such as ‘Night Fever’ and ‘Stayin’ Alive’.
The 61-year-old star had been due to play a number of shows in Brazil including performances in Sao Paolo and Brasilia and has sent his apologies to fans.
Bees Gees and Steven Spielberg in talks to make tell all movie. Robin Gibb has confirmed that he and brother Barry Gibb are in talks for Spielberg to tell the story of the Brothers Gibb. Gibb also says that he has given permission for the original Bee Gees recordings to be used in the movie. The Gibbs were born in England but the family moved to Brisbane, Australia when Barry, Maurice and Robin were children. Brother Andy Gibb was a baby when the family left England. The Bee Gees made their first television appearance in Brisbane in 1960 when Barry was 14-years old and the twins were 10. In 1963, the Bee Gees signed with Festival Records in Sydney and released three singles, but it wasn’t until 1965 when they had their first minor hit with ‘Wine and Women’. In 1965, Festival Records released their first album ‘The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs’. Barry was 19, the twins were 15. In 1966, the brothers went back to England and on the journey (by boat) back, they received word of their first number one single when ‘Spicks and Specks’ topped the Australian chart. In England, they met and signed with Robert Stigwood, another Aussie. They had their first UK hit in 1967 with ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941′. Before long, they broke into America and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and Laugh In. Early US hits included ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’ and ‘I Started A Joke’. In the USA, Ahmet Ertegun hooked the Bees Gees up with producer Arif Mardin who changed their sound to R&B. Songs like ‘Jive Talking’ and ‘Nights On Broadway’ resonated with the American audience and they became major stars. The next album, ‘Children Of The World’ in 1976 made music history with the hit track ‘You Should Be Dancing’. It became the benchmark of the disco sound. Stigwood used the musical success and wrapped it around a movie. The film was ‘Saturday Night Fever’. It made a star of John Travolta and made the Bee Gees the hottest musical act on the planet. The last Bee Gees album was ‘This Is Where I Came In’ in 2001. On January 12, 2003, Maurice Gibb died suddenly from a heart attack and the Barry and Robin decided to never perform again as The Bee Gees.
With The Malta Music Awards 2009 almost upon us Music-News.com will be on the spot to bring you all the winners from Saturday 5th December’s premiere event at The MFCC Ta Qali, Malta. With 16 awards to be presented at this year’s Coca-Cola Malta Music Awards also featuring an appearance by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, the night itself promises to be a winner. Some of the top local artists will be performing Continue reading →
No popular music act of the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, or ’90s experienced more ups and downs in popularity, or attracted a more varied audience across the decades, than the Bee Gees. Beginning in the mid- to late ’60s as a Beatlesque ensemble, they quickly developed as songwriters in their own right and style, perfecting in the process a progressive pop sound all their own. Then, after hitting a trough in their popularity in the early ’70s, they reinvented themselves as perhaps the most successful white soul act of all time during the disco era. Their popularity faded with the passing of disco’s appeal, but the Bee Gees made a Continue reading →
A unique music event will take place at the Heritage Foundation’s Annual Summer Ball on the evening of June 20th 2009 at the Millennium Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square, when the charity’s president, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, will play live on stage with rock legend and former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman with his Rhythm Kings. The two friends are coming together to help raise funds to build a memorial to the forgotten heroes of the Second World War – the men of Bomber Command. Of all the branches of the armed forces, they faced the deadliest odds, with 55,573 killed, almost half of all those who flew on operations over occupied Europe. Yet nearly 70 years on, there is no monument in central London to their sacrifice. Better known for its blue plaque tributes to deceased members of the entertainment professions, The Heritage Foundation combines paying tribute to Britain’s wealth of talent who have bought pleasure and joy to millions through their performances or technical skills with raising funds for good causes through The Arts and Entertainment Charitable Trust