Plans are under way for a tribute concert for the late Bee Gee Maurice “pronounceed Morris” Gibb to be held in the US sometime next year. Twin brother Robin Gibb is set to organize it and has approached “stars” including Michael Jackson and Justin “Baby Michael” Timberlake to perform. “Maurice loved life. We want to celebrate his life and talent the best way we know how – through music,” Robin said on Ananova. Actor John Travolta has been approached to host the event because of his starring role in Saturday Night Fever. The concert will also raise money for the Gibb Family Foundation and a number of charities including Diabetes Research Institute and National Drug Abuse Council in the US.
Robin is also working on a commemorative album featuring artists singing classic Bee Gees hits. Among those who have agreed to work on the album are Alicia Keys and the Black Eyed Peas.
Robin admits following the death of his brother, who was 53, he gave up music, but has since began performing again and has just completed a tour of Germany. He said: “I have spent almost two years reconciling my personal life and determining my future. I am now looking forward to the many years to come and am very appreciative of the love, support and consideration that fans have shown since Maurice’s passing.
Maurice died in January 2003 following surgery on his intestines.