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Interview with Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb

The Bee Gees musician on the Hollywood Bowl, not wearing white and keeping it in the family.

Barry Gibb

Hometown Redcliffe, Australia
Home Base “I split my time between Miami and my second home in Beaconsfield, England.”
Claim to Fame Co-founding the iconic Bee Gees, who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nearly 20 years ago
Current project Releasing his solo album In the Now this fall, his first recording of all-new material since 2001
Favourite souvenir “I love canes and walking sticks. I have one with a silver lion’s head from South Africa.”

What was it like to work on In the Now with two of your sons?
It was just like working with my brothers, and that’s an intimacy I enjoy. Stephen is a great musician and singer, and Ashley is really good at lyrics. For me, songwriting has always been about having an idea. I’ve slept with a little recorder next to my bed for about 25 years, so I sometimes record an idea during the night and then play it for them.

Any favourite venues?
There’s no question that playing the Hollywood Bowl was a dream, but we were also the resident group at a club called the Beachcomber in Surfers Paradise, Australia, for two years in the early 1960s. There was an acrobat followed by someone juggling golf clubs, then an act with five dogs, and then us; it was like a music hall.

Has touring changed since you started out?
I don’t think so. Technology makes it better and everyone has a phone now and you can be in constant communication, but you’re still flying from city to city and need a great team for the set-up. It takes at least 50 to 60 people to put on a really good show.

What’s your favourite city to play in?
Right now, Boston. When I last performed there, and maybe it’s because I sang “Massachusetts,” the audience applauded for five minutes. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

Did you keep any of your outfits from the 1970s?
I have some stored away from the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band film, like those clodhopper shoes. We can’t forget about glam rock. I don’t have clothes from the Fever period, though. I’m not allowed to wear white and medallions anymore.



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