THE BEEGEES, are to play a series of one-off stadium-sized shows around the world later this year...

THE BEEGEES, are to play a series of one-off stadium-sized shows in different countries around the world later this year, including their first UK concert in nearly ten years.

Marking the band’s 30th anniversary under the banner ‘One Night Only’, the events were announced at a press conference in London today (Tuesday, June 2). The dates follow the trio’s successful return to the live stage last year at a special show held at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The three Gibb brothers, Barry, Robin and Maurice, accompanied by veteran promoter Harvey Goldsmith, confirmed the first of the concerts would be in Dublin on August 29 followed by a 50,000-seat show at London Wembley Stadium on September 5.

The BeeGees, who in the course of their four-decade career have sold over 100 million albums, will move on to Buenos Aires in October, Pretoria in South Africa in December and Sydney, Australia in March 1999. Exact dates and venues for these last three concerts are still under discussion, although the band hoped to be the first artists to perform at the new Olympic Stadium in Sydney. The BeeGees said “special guests” for all the concerts would be announced later.

At the press conference, Barry Gibb also revealed he had donated his luxury Aston Martin Lagonda to the UK charity Childline to launch a ‘Stars Cars Auction’ to raise funds for the organisation. Barry Gibb is a member of the Entertainment Committee for Childline, which runs the UK’s only free children’s national phone helpline for youngsters in distress or experiencing home or school problems. The singer hopes his donation will spur other celebrities to follow suit.

Tickets for the London Wembley Stadium concert go on sale this Friday at usual outlets and are priced 25.00, 35.00 and 50.00 pounds depending on siting. The stadium seating will be specially configured for the concert with the stage at the side of the pitch rather than at the more usual top end.