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DESTINY'S CHILD 'Retiring' group's members are anything but



Published: Fri, August 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Fulfilling their destiny, the "Bootylicious" trio is calling it quits after this tour.

By JOHN BENSON

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

CLEVELAND -- Destiny's Child, the R & amp;B/dance pop outfit that brought "Bootylicious" into our lexicon, is calling it quits after 15 years and 40 million albums sold.

However, their retirement of sorts should come as no surprise, considering the title of the band's latest disc, 2004's "Destiny Fulfilled," says it all.

"Yeah, a lot of people are missing that," said Kelly Rowland, calling from New York City. "We actually gave everybody a little bit of a clue."

The writing on the wall has been there for sometime. The fact the girls -- Rowland, Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams -- even came back to record its most recent album was somewhat astounding and unprecedented in many regards, especially considering there was little left for Destiny's Child to accomplish after its four-times platinum 2001 album "Survivor" placed the Houston, Texas based group atop the pop world, with numerous hit singles, sold out concert dates and solo opportunities.

It's the latter, with Knowles' multi-platinum 2003 solo album "Dangerously in Love" and leading role in 2002's "Austin Powers in Goldmember," that left many fans wondering about the future of Destiny's Child. The press even speculated the trio was ostensibly broken up.

The Child scorned

Rowland doesn't deny the girls' desire to spite the media and naysayers played a role in their coming back for "Destiny Fulfilled." Apparently, hell hath no fury like Destiny's Child scorned.

"We knew this album ['Destiny Fulfilled'] was going to happen," Rowland said. "For one, we told our fans that and we don't like to go back on our word. So, we did the album and we enjoyed doing it because I noticed so much growth in the studio between all three of us. It was just so amazing to watch."

Rowland said she hopes the fact the girls came back for one more album after solo success will not only cement the outfit's legacy but the friendship of its current members. Such was not the case early in its career. Formed in 1990, the all-female act, which actually appeared on "Star Search" in 1992, featured Knowles with her cousin Rowland and two other members, who left acrimoniously in 1999. Replacements were brought in with Williams eventually becoming the last piece of the Destiny's Child puzzle.

The tour's the thing

While solo albums and feature film roles appear to be the girls' post-Destiny's Child future, the trio's current focus is on its final tour, which includes an Aug. 12 show at Gund Arena.

As for why the girls are calling it quits, Rowland said it's because they're getting older, which makes sense. However, a quick check of their birthdays reveals the girls are all in their mid-twenties.

"We've been doing this since we were like 10 or 11 years old," Rowland said. "So it's really a long time."

Considering their popularity, no one would begrudge Destiny's Child if it milked its farewell tour for a few more Stateside legs. After all, Cher's goodbye tour lasted for years.

Laughed Rowland, "I don't think we're going to have a Cher farewell."




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