Bee Gees Planning 2002 World Tour
The Bee Gees will embark on their most extensive world tour in more than 20 years next spring, Billboard has learned. According to sources, 90-100 dates are being planned, starting in Southeast Asia,The Bee Gees will embark on their most extensive world tour in more than 20 years next spring, Billboard has learned. According to sources, 90-100 dates are being planned, starting in Southeast Asia, then hitting Australia, Europe, the U.S., and South America.
The group has played sporadically over the past several years -- including the One Night Only tour in 1999, during which Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb played six stadiums on six continents -- but this will be the trio's first tour of this magnitude since the late 1970s. The Bee Gees played their only U.S. concert of this year June 17 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles as part of radio station KIIS' annual Wango Tango event. In March, the sibling group played a 50-minute set in London that was taped for later broadcast on BBC Radio 2.
The group is negotiating with a number of high-end companies, such as luxury carmakers, for potential sponsorship. Several promoters are expected to divvy up territories to present the tour.
The Bee Gees are expected to play material from their entire career, including their latest album, "This Is Where I Came In." Released internationally in April, the album marked the group's 35-year anniversary of recording. "All things considered, we still love what we're doing," Barry Gibb told Billboard at the time. "And we're old enough now to override the things that divided us when we were younger."