Robin Gibb, of Bee Gees fame, dies

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Rolling Stone reports that Robin Gibb, 62, has died.

Gibb was one-third of the band The Bee Gees, formed with his twin, Maurice, and his older brother Barry.

The group was known for such 1970s hits as “Stayin Alive,” “Night Fever” and “How Deep is Your Love.”

The AP reports:

Gibb’s representative Doug Wright announced in a statement that Gibb passed away Sunday “following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery.”

What are your memories of Robin Gibb and the Bee Gees?

Here’s a review of an Auguest 1989 Bee Gees performance at SPAC, by Michael Eck

Sunday night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center was a mixed bag musically.
On one hand it was certainly a little slice of heaven for fans of vocal harmony with a one/ two punch of the Nylons and the Bee Gees delivering plenty of that. But it was also an example of how too much slickness can destroy the passion inherent in some music.

Both groups performed a selection of songs capable of not only tugging, but tearing at the heartstrings. Unfortunately a certain slavishness to style and production reduced some of those songs to mere showpieces.

Where the Nylons rendition of Up on the Roof and the Bee Gees Gotta Get a Message to You should have been inspirational they were just entertaining.

Main Bee Gees songwriter Barry Gibb was so glib he nearly turned one of his most emotionally gripping songs, Words, into a joke.

But the Bee Gees have had a strong enough hand in creating big rock production ideals that their reliance on them is no surprise.

They let down their guard with a medley of early tunes and pieces written for other artists but while that was definitely a bit more low key it tended to be a bit too kitschy.

It was their plentiful classics that drew the most applause but some of their newest tunes translated best in the context of their large band.

The opening Ordinary Lives was magnificent once one got past the irony of multi-millionaires singing we’re just ordinary people living ordinary lives and the brief Juliet sparkled.

What also sparkled Sunday night was the fact that despite their status as the butt of many musical jokes the Bee Gees have loads of talent and a library of songs as impressive as any. That artists as diverse as Al Green, Gram Parsons, and Dolly Parton have performed their material is proof of that.

Onstage however they might benefit from just a tad less of their cute Aussie mugging and entertaining and a bit more of remembering what their songs are about in the first place.

Considering the pure entertainment quality of their concert Sunday that might seem an odd complaint but listen to To Love Somebody solitaire late some rainy night and you’ll see why their best songs deserve a little more respect than their creators granted at Saratoga.


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