(By Richard Green, New Musical Express,
April 6, 1968 - page 12)
Transcript by Anne Marie
tiny bespectled man of Oriental origin buying drinks all round; two
scantily clad go-go dancers; Maurice Gibb talking about a little white
dog; Dave Dee’s managers being treated as fans and having trouble
getting backstage while girls sneak in unnoticed … Just a few of the
more interesting aspects of life backstage on the opening night of the
Bee gees-Dave Dee tour at Royal Albert Hall!
have so many been denied so much by so few, as most of the legitimate
visitors were kept out by a handful of “I’ve-only-got-a-job-to-do”
types, while clutches of tiny, mini-skirted fans, found no difficulty in
wandering about where they shouldn’t have been.
Clem Curtis was seen with a bunch of flowers in each hand murmuring
“I’m gonna look a right poof going on stage with these, aren’t
I?”, while two most wowee dancers followed in his wake.
the bar, Grapefruits George and Pete expressed their nervousness as the
little Oriental insisted on forcing Scotch on them. “We are a bit
apprehensive, but it’s the Albert Hall that frightens us,” George
admitted. “In twelve minutes what can anyone do, except for the
unhappy about the time situation were the various members of the Dave
Dee camp.Their rehearsal
time for a twenty-five minute act had, it seemed, been reduced to
Ken Howard commented, “They started letting the audience in half way
through the rehearsals. An important tour like this means so much to us. It is important to have adequate rehearsal
Meet My Dog
Gibb was telling an audience all about his little white dog and how he
hoped that everyone would come to see it. Foolishly expecting to find the creature in the Bee Gees dressing
room, I entered.
boys are just putting their feet up,” said Robert Stigwood, rising to
show me back to the door
to M. Gibb: Please apologise for me to the dog. I really would like to
say hello to him.)
of a military nature were in profusion and at least two dressing rooms
contained a complete arsenal.
broke out again backstage and a mass exodus to the bar was called for. It was there that
Peter MacBeth, the Foundations’ bass
guitarist, told me, “As far as the Bee Gees act is concerned, no
reflection on the boys themselves, but most of what they did was so
added, “It’s a very good show and everything else, but we’ve been
playing to the wrong type of audiences. If we had been playing with Geno or somebody it would have been
better for us. They
didn’t strike me as a soul audience.
“At the other venues, it
will depend on our spot whether or not we alter the act later on during
the tour. We will have to
create something for ourselves. It
takes a couple of numbers to get the feel of the audience”.