Last Thursday saw the arrival for one night only of The Bootleg BeeGees appearing at Rhyl Pavilion theatre.
Having grown up to hearing The BeeGees the thought of seeing what is classed as the best BeeGees tribute act interested and worried me at the same time.
For those that don’t know an awful lot about The BeeGees were a pop music group formed in 1958. The group’s line-up consisted of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb.
The brothers were successful for most of their recording life, but they had two distinct periods of exceptional success: as a popular music act in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The group sang recognisable three-part tight harmonies; Robin’s clear vibrato lead vocals were a hallmark of their earlier hits, while Barry’s R&B falsetto became their signature sound during the late 1970s and 1980s.
They wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists. These hits were sung on the evening including ‘To Love Somebody’, ‘Massachusetts’, ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ and ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’ through to disco songs ‘Jive Talkin’’, ‘Saturday Night Fever’, ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and ‘Night Fever’.
The Bee Gees have sold more than 220 million records worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. The Bee Gees’ Hall of Fame citation says “Only Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have outsold the Bee Gees.”
Sadly, following Maurice’s sudden death in 2003 at the age of 53, Barry and Robin retired the group’s name after 45 years of activity. Robin died in May 2012 at the age of 62, after a prolonged struggle with cancer and other health problems, leaving Barry as the lone surviving member of the group.
The evening came to an end with a standing ovation as the group came back on to sing a song covered in the 1990’s be Steps, ‘Tragedy’. The audience showed they were having a great evening with their silky dance moves and clapping and singing along themselves.