Mythology Tour , Australia – New Zealand, part 2
Dear Barry, Thanks on behalf of soooo many fans for sharing, together with your family, your emotions, your career, your memories, your tribute to your brothers and your wonderful Bee Gees songs live on stage!!!! Although only seen on video clips so far, thanks for the great concert on February 8th. (a perfect birthday present for me) Good luck to Barry, Sam, Steve and the whole team during the Melbourne concert and the shows which will follow
Love from Holland Marion / GSI xxx
The man and the mythology
The moment had arrived. Following support act, family trio Audio Vixen, the lights went down at the Sydney Entertainment Centre for the first show of Barry Gibb’s 2013 tour.
A packed house witnessed the arrival of ‘Mythology’ – spelt out on a massive screen centre stage.
Barry took us straight down memory lane with home movie footage of all his brothers, much of it never before seen.
Singing for over 2 hours, and covering the various phases of the Bee Gees career, Barry moved the audience to standing ovations (no small feat in the oh-so-tightly packed Entertainment Centre).
- The anthemic feel of To Love Somebody.
- Barry singing the first verse of I Started a Joke.
- As he often does, Barry dedicated Words to Linda, this time with the addition of ‘I love you Linda’ in huge letters – to a collective sigh from the audience.
- A gutsy vocal performance from Steve Gibb, singing with Barry, on I’ve Gotta Get a Message to you
- Immortality. Barry acknowledged this as the last great song he and his brothers wrote. He dedicated the song to them.
- Barry’s voice. Clear and sweet. Particularly impressive were the falsetto notes in How Deep is your Love and Stayin’ Alive.
So many songs… and so much love in the room.
left: Steve during Sydney show right: Barry during first Sydney show, @ Tone Deaf
left: Barry with sister Lesley before the unveiling right: Barry whispers something in Barry’s ear!
Parts of what Barry said about his brothers in the first show in Sydney at the start of the song Immortality:
Backing vocals 1st Show in Sydney, Char McKinnon, Beth Cohen, Leesa Richards.
Andy was our kid brother, he was sort of like a little red light, behind all the UFO’s and close encounters of the third kind if you remember that. He was always behind us chasing … and wanting to be famous, and he did it. You know he had his own style and became his own man. And very, always very young and vital …, did water ski, and did everything no one else really wanted to try, could fly a plane by the time he was about 28, and left us when he was around 30. It’s a beautiful kid.
Ok let’s go to Maurice Maurice was the magician he could play all kinds of instruments He would attempt any, once again he was the gadget man. and there are no people like that out here tonight that will be any b gadget come to sound . That was Mo. He do it strict for children he was that kind of person and he loved it. he loved being famous , he loved having the light and talking to people . That was Mo, the greatest.
And then of course there is Rob Rob is very complex character , a whole mixture of light and shade and, great songwriter , very creative and very, very intense , very intense person, but was extremely funny and we all lived our lives through Spike Milligan … and everything was funny and Robin was the funniest. I’ll never forget him on that basis. I’ll never forget him.
GSI representative on Australian radio
Henk Goosens talks with radio 4BC.
If you’re a huge fan of someone, how far would you go? Board Member and PR man for the Bee Gees International fan club has travelled all the way from Rotterdam to be in Redcliffe for the unveiling of the Bee Gees statue tomorrow. He came straight to the 4BC studios to meet Moyd and Loretta first! www.4bc.com.au/blogs
More reviews of the Sydney Show:
– Lesley and Barry to Redcliffe Sister Lesley Evans will return to “beautiful” Redcliffe with brother Barry Gibb to open Bee Gees Way, February 14th. www.couriermail.com.au
– Lesley Evans visits the old Gibb house in Scarborough www.couriermail.com.au
To be continued.