Surviving Bee Gee Barry Gibb Plans Tribute Shows For His Brothers
Barry Gibb, the falsetto-singing eldest Bee Gee, will be returning to the UK this autumn for a string of solo dates.
Barry Gibb, the sole surviving member of the Gibb brotherhood that made up The Bee Gees, is to embark on string of solo concerts in honour of his fallen brothers in the near future. Speaking to The Sun, the Isle of Man-born, Manchester and Australia-raised singer announced his intentions to return to UK soil after taking his Barry’s Mythology Tour up and down Australia earlier this year, having to add a string of extra dates to the tour to match the demand - something that is expected to be repeated again in the UK.
Barry Gibb will be returning to the UK for a string of dates
The Gibb family found fame as the Bee Gee's in the 1960's, achieving world-wide acclaim and success for their take on the emerging disco genre in the mid-1970's. The family had their first major loss when youngest brother Andy, who was not a member of the Bee Gees but did achieve notable success as a solo artist, passed away aged a mere 30-years-old in 1988 after years of drink and drug abuse. Maurice then passed away due to a cardiac arrest in 2003 aged only 53, followed by his twin brother Robin, 62, who was claimed by cancer last May.
Barry, the eldest of the Gibb brothers, discussed the difficulties he found in returning to the stage, having performed alongside his brothers for so long the emotional trauma of them not being their would be enough to affect the most emotionless of people. Barry told the paper that whilst his brothers left a void that could not be filled, having his eldest son Stephen on guitar and Maurice’s daughter Sam on stage singing with him on stage did ease the burden. But it was not his son and niece that were responsible for Barry's renewed interest in touring, his wife insistence that he 'get off my backside and stop going along with the whole idea that everything was finished for me' was the real catalyst for his return, so thank you Linda Gibb for getting Barry back to work!
Barry plays Birmingham, Manchester and London in September and October. The full list of dates is below and tickets are available here.
Saturday 21 September - Birmingham LG Arena
Sunday 29 Sept. - Manchester MEN Arena
Thursday 3 October - London O2 Arena
Barry with Robin Gibb before his untimely death last year