Barry Gibb in Concert
Wednesday, June 4
Special Guest: Jared & the Mill
Mythology Tour 2014
Songs performed: Jive Talkin’, You Should Be Dancing, Lonely Days, Our Love (Don’t Throw It All Away), To Love Somebody, How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, Stayin’ Alive, How Deep is Your Love, On Time, I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You, Morning of My Life, New York Mining Disaster 1941, Run to Me, I’m on Fire, Spirits (Having Flown), You Win Again, With the Sun in My Eyes, I Started a Joke, Spicks & Specks, One, Islands in the Stream, Guilty, Woman in Love, Nights on Broadway, Night Fever, More Than a Woman, Grease, Immortality, Words, Tragedy, Massachusetts (video outro)
Comments: Barry Gibb, the eldest of the Brothers Gibb, known to the world as the Bee Gees made a triumphant return to the concert scene at the Hollywood Bowl. The Mythology Tour 2014 celebrated the musical legacy of the Bee Gees, and served as a bit of a public memorial to his brother’s lives and music. The tour is named after the Mythology album, a greatest hits anthology that spotlighted each of the brothers: Barry, Robin, Maurice and Andy (who was never in the group). Barry is the only living member of the Bee Gees left (Andy died in 1988, Maurice died in 2003 and Robin died in 2012).
The brothers are one of the most successful pop groups of all time. Their music covered everything from folk, rock, pop, funk and disco. They had already had hits, but “Saturday Night Fever” took them into the stratosphere. And when the disco backlash came, they took their songs to other artists who were happy to work with them (Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Dolly Parton and others). In my opinion, the brothers are some of the best pop songwriters in history.
Barry is now 67, but he was definitely energized by being back on stage. He played guitar on and off during the evening. He was backed by a full band, including a rhythm section and 3 back-up singers. His oldest son, Stephen played guitar and sang also, plus his niece, Sammy (Maurice’s daughter) sang on a couple of songs too. So he is definitely keeping it in the family!
His son, Stephen, has a very rock-oriented voice and a bunch of tattoos. He sang lead on a song that Maurice wrote called “On Time.” Plus he took over for Robin’s vocals on another song. His niece, Sammy, has a very sweet pop voice, reminiscent of Olivia Newton-John. She performed “You Win Again” by herself and helped out on other songs too.
It was great to see Barry back on stage after all these years… first time in 15 years from what I heard. There were only 6 dates on this tour. So it wasn’t like it was a big tour for him. He joked about being back home with his remote and his sake.
The songs themselves still sounded great. From the tender “How Do You Mend a Broken Heart” and ‘To Love Somebody” to the funk-disco favorites “Stayin’ Alive” and “You Should Be Dancing.” Plus add in all the great songs that the Bee Gees wrote for other artists too… like Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ “Islands in the Stream” and Franke Valli’s “Grease” too. And the songs he made famous with Barbra Streisand too, which were sung by Beth — one of his back-up singers.
The middle part of the show was the more acoustic part of the show. And yes, there were a few numbers that I didn’t know (Morning of My Life, On Time, and With the Sun in My Eyes). I guess I will have to get the Mythology collection after all. He also paid tribute to Bruce Springsteen, one of his favorite artists, with a cover of his song “I’m on Fire.” He mentioned that Bruce had covered “Stayin’ Alive” when he was in Australia recently.
The stage had one big video screen on the back of stage plus the smaller ones on the sides. A video tribute started the show, showing funny clips, and old photos of the brothers. He took time to talk about his brothers throughout the show. He mentioned how he was close to Andy and they used to play tennis together. And then he sang Andy’s hit “Our Love (Don’t Throw It All Away).” He made a point of saying he loved and missed each of his brothers by name. For “I Started a Joke”, Barry and Sammy started the song, only to have Robin’s vocals and video play over the rest of the song. It definitely was an emotional night for Barry and for the fans. I remember seeing the brothers 25 years ago at the Universal Amphitheatre. I didn’t know then that would be the last time I would see them as a group.
I also wanted to mention how those disco era songs still sounded great… especially when you consider the retro-revival that has gone on the past few years with “Get Lucky,” Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. They definitely created some timeless hits… that still get people moving at parties and events.
He dedicated “Spirits (Having Flown)” to the Miami ladies, who follow him around to all his shows (that is where the family home is). He also dedicated the song “Words” to his wife of 44 years, Linda. And he mentioned that his Mom is still alive too. ‘Tragedy” brought the evening to a close, while a video of the brothers singing “Massachusetts” was shown as people were leaving the theatre. There was 29 songs in the 2.5 hour concert — it was definitely a great career retrospective.
The Bowl itself was only about 70% capacity this night… which is too bad. I was wondering how he would fill the theatre back when the tickets first went on sale. I bought a ticket for Section P, but was able to move to Section F because of the empty seats in the arena. He would have been more suited to play the Greek or the Nokia Theatre at this point in his career. Barry mentioned he may be becoming back soon and playing some more dates this summer. I hope he keeps his promise.
Special guest, Jared and the Mill, from Arizona, had a decent opening set. They are a folk-rock group similar to Mumford and Sons. Some OK songs but how do they differentiate themselves from the pack?
Thanks to Barry and the band for an excellent, awesome, fantastic, and fun evening. I was so happy to be there… I was standing, clapping along and dancing for most the night. Long live the music of the Bee Gees!
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