The Bee Gee
Submitted by Colin H on 27 September 2013 - 7:10pm
There are some around here who might think it strange that I travelled 100 miles to see The Bee Gee - Bazza Gibb, last of the high-voiced trio (or quartet if you included Zeppo). All I would say is this: the Mahavishnu Orchestra attempted to record half of 'Birds Of Fire' at the Bee Gees' studio in Florida. But it didn't work. Still, with that connection, how could I not pay homage to the falsettomeister? Alternatively, Mrs H is a big fan. Actually, it was a great show: 8-piece band, 4 backing/co-vocalists, 30 songs. Two BG relatives were involved, Barry's son Steven and Maurice's daughter Samantha. The repertoire was fascinating - by no means all the hits/only the hits. Several early lesser-known gems were played, including 'Every Christian Lionhearted Man...' from their first LP (see below), and 'May 1st' as a tribute to early champion Robert Stigwood. The clanky 80s/90s sound of the later songs (on record) was replaced with the warm sound of a real band. Worth the trip!
Perhaps two-thirds full (a medium sized arena). But a nice atmosphere and pretty wide range of ages. It never ceases to amaze me that women choose to wear high heeled shoes: plenty of 50-something portly women struggling with silly shoes/steep steps.
Food & drink:
Fried chicken and choc shakes at Eddie Rocket's beforehand. At the venue: whisky and bottle of water - 8 Euro 20c. But cap on the bottle, apparently in case I wanted to throw it at Bazza.
It made me think:
I'd never noticed before that the Bee Gee plays, and all of the time, in an open tuning. Turns out it's D (DADF#AD). Maybe that's why the music is so 'sunny'?