Wednesday 26 April 2017

Tribute concert to be staged in honour of The Bee Gees

Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, pictured in 1998 (AP)
Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, pictured in 1998 (AP)

Stars including Celine Dion, Andra Day, John Legend and Keith Urban are set to take part in a concert paying tribute to The Bee Gees.

The show - Stayin' Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees - will mark the 40th anniversary of the pop legends' soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever.

The Recording Academy and CBS concert hailing the Isle of Man-born Gibb brothers will take place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on February 14, two days after the city hosts the Grammys ceremony.

Barry Gibb, the sole surviving member and co-founder of the Grammy-winning group, will perform a selection of hits from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

The concert will be broadcast on CBS later this year.

Little Big Town, Nick Jonas, Tori Kelly, Demi Lovato and the Pentatonix are among other acts to perform, with more guests expected to be announced later.

The soundtrack to the 1977 John Badham movie Saturday Night Fever, which starred John Travolta, is estimated to have sold 40 million copies worldwide. Featuring key contributions from The Bee Gees, including Stayin' Alive, More Than A Woman, Night Fever and How Deep Is Your Love, it came to define the disco era in the late 1970s.

The Bee Gees "helped make Saturday Night Fever an emblem of 1970s pop culture," said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy.

"With expert harmonies, undeniable groove and a personal charisma matching their on-stage persona, the iconic band of brothers defined not just a genre, but a generation."

Maurice Gibb died aged 53 in 2003 following complications during surgery. Robin Gibb died at the age of 62 in 2012 after a long battle with cancer.

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