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"BEE GEES' SECRET JET TRIP TO HANOVER"(New Musical Express, January 10, 1968)

The Bee Gees left London secretly on Tuesday by private jet, and made a surprise appearance that evening in Hanover at the ten-yearly convention of executives of Philips-Polydor combine. At the event they were presented with a gold map of the world to mark two-million sales of their "Massachusetts" hit. The group returned to London in time for a Polydor reception yesterday (Thursday) at which they were presented with a Gold Disc for the same recording.

The Bee Gees fly to America on Sunday for guest appearances in U.S. TV's "Smothers Brothers Show" and "Rowan and Martin Show," and for their Los Angeles concerts on January 27. They return to Britain on February 5 to complete their TV spectacular "Cucumber Castle," for which they have already recorded the soundtrack music.

This will be followed by a brief Scandinavian tour, leading immediately into a German theatre tour (with Procol Harum) from February 27 to March 8.
And their full tour dates
The complete itinerary of the Bee Gees' eagerly-awaited spring concert tour was announced by promoter Robert Stigwood. As previously reported, the tour opens at London's Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday, March 27.

Rank Theatres to be visited  during the 24-concerts schedule include those at...

Hanley (April 19)
Bolton (20th)
Salisbury (24th)
Romford (25th)
Exeter (26th) and
Cardiff (27th)

The package visits ABC Theatres at...

Chester (March 30)
Cambridge (April 4)
Carlisle (10th)
Edinburgh (12th)
Stockton (13th)
Hull (21st)
Dublin (May 2) and
Belfast (3rd)
Remainder of the tour comprises:

Leeds Victoria Hall (March 29)
Manchester Palace (31st)
Slough Adelphi (April 5)
Sheffield Oval (6th)
Birmingham Theatre (7th)
Glasgow Playhouse (11th)
Liverpool Empire (14th)
Portsmouth Guildhall (17th) and
Tooting Granada (18th)
Supporting attractions for the package have not yet been set, apart from the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. As previously reported, the Bee Gees will be accompanied by a large concert orchestra for the tour.


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