MEANWHILE, BACKSTAGE
(By Richard Green, New Musical Express,
 April 6, 1968 - page 12)


Transcript by Anne Marie

A 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!

Seldom 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.

Foundation 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.

In 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 Beatles?”

Similarly 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 fifteen.

Later 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 time."


Meet My Dog


Maurice 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.

“The boys are just putting their feet up,” said Robert Stigwood, rising to show me back to the door

(Memo to M. Gibb: Please apologise for me to the dog. I really would like to say hello to him.)

Uniforms of a military nature were in profusion and at least two dressing rooms contained a complete arsenal.

Confusion 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 boring.”

Clem 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”.

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