REMAINING BEE GEE SAYS GROUP IS 'OVER'
Robin Gibb says that the death of his twin Maurice has convinced him to close down the Bee Gees franchise, never using the name again. According to published reports, though, the other remaining brother, Barry, says he thinks the band should push on, if only as a tribute to his brother. By comparing published sentiments of the two it would appear that they will continue to perform in some way or other, but the Bee Gees name will be retired. Robin Gibb noted in a media interview with a British TV outlet that he feels his recently departed twin would have wanted the music to continue. But he thinks it's only fair to say that the Bee Gees are "over," and that if there is future music it won't be in that context. The announcement came just 10 days after the unexpected death of Maurice Gibb in a Miami hospital. He suffered cardiac arrest while being treated for an intestinal blockage.
CHESNEY ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR PLANS
Meteoric country star Kenny Chesney's latest tour has already grossed over a million dollars ... and it's just getting underway. The ticket-sales total comes via Country Music Television, which reports that the first three concerts on Chesney's latest tour are now totally sold out. The singer emerged, as 2002 was coming to an end, as one of the brightest lights in country music. He has combined a unique, enigmatically masculine appearance with a singing style that many are calling "new era George Jones." His Margaritas 'n' Senoritas Tour just began several days ago in Elvis's hometown of Tupelo, Miss. Joining Chesney are Montgomery Gentry and newcomer Kellie Coffey. The tour will continue in the South and Gulf Coast areas before moving north to Minnesota, the Dakotas and Wisconsin.
LISA MARIE SET TO DEBUT ALBUM
Lisa Marie Presley's CD debut will soon settle the question: "Can that girl sing or what?" The date when the album will first hit store shelves has been announced for April 8. The set, called "To Whom it May Concern," will be released on Capitol. Meanwhile, gossip columnist Liz Smith wonders why Presley didn't go with her dad's old label, RCA. It could be that the second-generation Presley didn't want additional comparisons to her late dad. Of course, Capitol was home to such legendary musical performers as The Beatles, Nat King Cole, the Beach Boys, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra. So Lisa Marie won't be in bad company. Additionally, Presley will be in the Capitol stable just as the company celebrates its 60th anniversary and could benefit from the planned hoopla for that observance.
TRACE ADKINS CLEANING UP HIS ACT
Singer-songwriter Trace Adkins has been released from a rehabilitation program after nearly a month in a Tennessee clinic. His publicist tells United Press International that Adkins spent 28 days at the Cumberland Heights Alcohol & Drug Treatment facility in suburban Nashville. He had checked himself in, of his own volition. Adkins was embarrassed by a much-publicized arrest for drunk driving. He subsequently pleaded guilty to the charges. He issued a statement after leaving the clinic, calling the entire experience "extremely positive." Adkins noted that he took the action because it was necessary, "for myself, my family and my career." The entertainer says he's now totally focused on the future and is in great mental and physical health. The "new generation" 'Man in Black' of country music is a 6-foot-6 former oil rig worker who says he can never be anything other than a "blue collar singer." By the way, he has a college degree in Petroleum Technology. He just turned 32 last week. Check out traceadkins.com on the Internet for more.
ALLEN FUMES OVER PLAY ABOUT HIS OWN DEATH
Moviemaker Woody Allen is steamed by the premiere of a new theater production that depicts his friends talking about him after his death. The New York Post says that the thespian group, the Empty Stage Theater, likely has a grudge against Allen after he suddenly pulled the plug on one of its planned productions at the last minute. The publication says that the group has been rehearsing Allen's play "Death." It was just days away from opening night when Allen's lawyer called to say that even though the group had gone through channels to get the rights to do the play, Allen had decided not to renew distribution rights. The theater group then had to mount an all-new production in just days to meet the planned curtain. Many of Allen's former associates will be depicted in the play. Among them are: Diane Keaton, Christopher Walken, Conan O'Brien, Alan Alda, Spike Lee, Leonardo DiCaprio and Billy Crystal. So, instead of doing Woody Allen's "Death," the group is doing Woody Allen's death.
KEITH URBAN TOLD TO 'COOL IT'
Rising young star Keith Urban has worked so hard doing concerts that his doctors have ordered him to rest his voice. The singer has had to cancel a series of engagements in recent days in order to follow their advice and stay quiet for a while. Billboard.com is reporting that Urban was to have performed his latest single, "Raining on Sunday," on "Good Morning America" this week. That appearance was canceled, as well as guest shots on several other programs. Concerts in Indiana and Kentucky have been canceled, with some hope of make-up dates later. In a prepared statement, Urban told his fans that he is extremely disappointed to have to opt out on the appearances, but doctors warned him he could do permanent damage to his voice if he doesn't lie low for a week or so. Next month Urban has a slew of appearances scheduled in Canada. In early March he will be one of the featured entertainers at the huge annual rodeo in Houston. The shaggy-haired tenor with the flexible voice has gained a great following in the short time he's been in Nashville, after relocating from his native Australia. His latest CD debuted at No. 3 on the charts recently. Future plans will be announced on keithurban.net in cyberspace.
UPI DAILY SURVEY QUESTION NO. 508
Here's today's question. And give this one some thought. "What do you think was the greatest invention of the past 150 years?" Put INVENTION in the subject line and send to firstname.lastname@example.org via the Internet.
RESULTS OF QUESTON NO. 503 (MUSIC)
Last week we asked if you played a musical instrument or were a good singer. From our usual random dip into the e-mail in box, here is what we discovered: Half of the respondents said they did play or sing; half said they didn't. Among those saying "no" was BrendaT. She reports that she has almost no musical talent. Like many, though, she says that her lack of carrying a tune does not keep her from singing around the house because she loves music and finds it soothing. Speaking on behalf of non-musicians, Voxen may have put it best: "The only thing I play is the radio." Among the "yes" answers, the piano was the instrument of choice. Tina plays the guitar, but says she's "never cut a record ... yet." Cindy H is multi-musical, playing the flute, piccolo, piano and xylophone. TOMORROW: Paying too much. GBA