ROBIN GIBB BATTLES LIVER CANCER
Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, 61, was diagnosed with liver cancer earlier this year and has been undergoing treatment for several months, it has been revealed. His 91-year-old mother Barbara and 65-year-old brother Barry both flew to England from their homes in the United States to be by his side, reports Britain’s Daily Mail.
Gibb has been rushed to the hospital more than once over the past year for intestinal problems, and in fact, he had intestinal surgery last October.
His twin brother Maurice died at 53 from a twisted intestine in January 2003. In a very recent TV interview, Gibb mused about Maurice, “I just imagine he’s out there somewhere and I will bump into him one day.”
A friend of the family said, “There is frustration because Robin has always looked after himself. He doesn’t drink, eats well and exercises daily.”
BRUCE E STREETERS NEW TOUR CD
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will undertake their first tour since the death of the band’s famed sax player “Clarence “Big Man” Clemons in June, according to a post on the Boss’ website. So far the only dates announced are four appearances in England, including the huge Isle of Wight Festival in June and the Hard Rock Calling music fest in London’s Hyde Park in July. Other dates in Europe from mid-May through July will be announced with an American tour to follow. Springsteen also said that a new album is
THE END OF JETHRO TULL?
Martin Barre, the 65-year-old guitarist for British legends, Jethro Tull, since 1969, said his band may be done. During an interview with Classic Rock Revisited to discuss the 40th anniversary of the classic, “Aqualung” album, he “shocked” CRR staffers by saying that no further Tull albums or concerts are planned. When asked if Jethro Tull was no more, he replied, “I don’t know.”*
So, Barre has formed a band and is set to tour Britain and Europe playing songs from his four solo albums. He also put together a different band for the purpose of undertaking a world tour that will focus exclusively on the music of Jethro Tull.
Barre recently wrote a song, “Outer Circle,” that was named after the main bus route in his hometown, Birmingham, England. So to celebrate this achievement, Barre hopped on an Outer Circle bus, guitar in hand, and played the song for his fellow travelers, notes the Birmingham Mail. He also played Tull’s 1972 hit “Locomotive Breath” and Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay.”
Said Barre, “It’s my favorite bus in the whole world. I did everything on the Outer Circle; went to school, saw my girlfriend, went to work. Even doing gigs, I’d take the bus. It seemed my whole life was spent on the Outer Circle. It’s brilliant.”
Meanwhile, Tull mastermind Ian Anderson, 64, has his own world tour planned for next year, during which he and his band will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Anderson’s epic album-long composition, “Thick as a Brick.” Anderson will be playing “Brick” in its entirety for the first time since 1972.
ROLLING STONES UPDATE
Keith Richards says he and Mick Jagger have made up since their separation over what Richards wrote about the Rolling Stones’ singer in his award-winning best-selling memoir, “Life.” Among other things, Richards called Jagger, “unbearable.”
However, he recently said of his relationship with Sir Mick, “He’s a brother, a best friend, probably the most contentious person I know. All collaborations are like that. Nothing goes totally smoothly, but we always patch it up. We patched it up now. The thing is, we enjoy working with each other,” according to the UK’s Press Association.
Richards recently announced that he and his bandmates Ron Wood and Charlie Watts are going to meet regularly in a London recording studio to jam and get in touch with each other again musically and personally after a four-year layoff and that he was certain their singer would be joining them at some point. Richards told Spinner that he also invited former Stones bassist Bill Wyman and guitarist Mick Taylor, who was in the band from 1969-74 to the sessions. “They’re all Stones, you know? Why not?”
However, no definite plans for the band’s 50th anniversary next year have been announced. Speculation has been rampant. Will they reunite for a few shows, a world tour, a new album, or nothing? Stay tuned.
Speaking of Wyman, the 75-year-old bassist, who had led his own band, the star-filled Rhythm Kings since 1997, will host a three-part series in the U.S. on SiriusXM Radio. Part one focuses on Chicago blues and such artists as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. The second part looks at early rock and Roll, while part three features the music of his former band and other `60s British Invasion artists.
OZZY GETS SHOW
Ozzy Osbourne, the 62-year-old once and future singer for Black Sabbath, is getting his own SiriusXM Radio show. “Ozzy’s Boneyard” will debut later this year. On the program, Osbourne will showcase his favorite rock and heavy metal records and spin tales from his wild and crazy rock and roll life. His wife Sharon and kids Kelly and Jack will also make appearances.
MAJOR ALABAMA COMEBACK?
After retiring in 2003, one of the most popular bands in the history of Country music, Alabama, told the CBS News affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama, that they are back. Band members Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry said the band will undertake a 15-20 date tour next year and also record a new album. They added that if things go well, they’ll undertake a world tour in 2013.
The trio’s comeback began last year when they reunited to record a song for a Waylon Jennings tribute CD. This year, they backed Brad Paisley on his celebration of the group, the No. 1 Country single, “Old Alabama,” and joined Paisley for a couple live performances.
CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER
On Nov. 30, NBC will host and air live from New York City, the 14thannual, “Christmas in Rockefeller Center.” This year’s holiday extravaganza that is always loaded with new and traditional Christmas songs and is capped by the lighting of the massive Christmas tree in the center of the Center stars Tony Bennett, Carole King, Faith Hill, Michael Buble, Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Katharine McPhee and of course, the Radio City Rockettes.
BONNIE POINTER BUSTED
Bonnie Pointer, the founding but often estranged 61-year-old member of The Pointer Sisters who has battled drug and alcohol problems most of her adult life, was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of possessing crack cocaine, according to the BBC News. She was released on $10,000 bail and