Jive Talkin’

By Adilah Ismail, Pix by Sanka Vidanagama

They were hailed as the stars of disco music. With Robin’s clear-cut vibrato lead (during their early soft rock hits) and Barry’s distinct falsetto in their later singles, the music of the Bee Gees was easily recognizable and their hits were synonymous with the disco music era.

The Australian Bee Gees Tribute band - comprising Dave Scott as Robin, Michael Clift as Barry and Wayne Hosking as Maurice - have been touring since 1996 and have entertained audiences in over 40 countries. From their outfits to the perfection of the trademark falsetto the Bee Gees were known for, the Australian Bee Gees Tribute band is the closest thing to the original band and certainly lived up to expectations as they performed for the first time in Sri Lanka.

The tribute band celebrated the music of the Gibb Brothers, at the Stayin’ Alive Concert 2010 held at the Colombo Swimming Club last week.

The band skillfully blended the harmonic soft rock music of the late sixties and the disco music of the late seventies which spawned some of the trademark dance movies, the disco era was famed for and provided the ultimate Bee Gees experience.

From the first note to the final chord, the enthusiastic audience swayed and sang along to four decades of timeless hits such as ‘More than a woman’, ‘Words’ and ‘Tragedy’ under clear skies. The Colombo Swimming Club rang with hits such as ‘You win again’, ‘Run to me’ and ‘Grease’; to the softer classics ‘Heart breaker’, ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?)’ and ‘How deep is your love’.

Old classics such as the 1983 country single ‘Islands in the stream’ written by the Bee Gees and popularized by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, ‘Spicks and specks’ (with its distinctive opening chords) and ‘To love somebody’ proved to be crowd favourites with audiences vigorously singing along with the band. The band wrapped up with the ever popular ‘Stayin’ alive’, only to return amidst animated pleas from the audience to conclude with ‘How can you mend a broken heart’ and ‘You should be dancing’ amidst a display of fireworks to finish the night with a flourish.

Following the fiasco behind the recent Akon concert, the Australian BEE GEES concert is the second successful concert organised by Himalaya who now plan to bring down the Queen tribute band ‘Killer Queen’ in October.

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