So … apologies for being away from this longer than expected. Pressures on work and … blah-de-blah!
Barry On Tour
It probably hasn’t already escaped your collective notice that Barry has announced a tour starting in February 2013 in Australia.
This is welcome news indeed for fans the world over and it will, no doubt, an emotional return for barry to his childhood home, especially since it will be without his brothers.
According to the reports, Barry and Robin had been planning some comeback shows prior to Robin falling seriously ill earlier this year. This tour is going to Barry’s way of honouring those plans by opening the tour in Australia.
But the start of the tour will be more than just about the music. Apparently Barry also wants to visit the former Gibb home in Redcliffe, as well as the places the Bee Gees performed in the mid-1960s.
It will be a sentimental journey. Coming home to Australia will be a wake-up call for me. I love the place so much and I think I will always feel like the 12-year-old kid who loved the beach and the girls during summer holidays
I want to see the places we grew up, even if the buildings aren’t there any more. I’m coming home to find some kind of closure after losing my three brothers, to reflect and go over all those memories.Gibb said from his Miami home.
It was great to read that the tour will keep the Gibb family’s connection with music going, with Barry’s eldest son, Stephen, and Maurice’s daughter, Samantha, joining him on the tour and contributing to a compilation to celebrate the group’s 50th anniversary.
Tickets go on on sale from October 5.
Talk of a memorial statue of the Bee Gees has been rife since Robin’s untimely death, but in the past couple of weeks it seems to have become a reality.
Just that day reports from the Australian press showed that the campaign had picked up pace with donation boxes being placed in shops and businesses in Brisbane and Redcliffe to help raise the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed.
Reports now say that the statue will be unveiled some time next year by the town’s mayor. I think it’s fair to say that, whenever it’s unveiled, the statue is bound to become an iconic location and place of pilgrimage for Bee Gees fans the world over.