Gibb: Highs, Lows & Heartaches
(Nov 7-8, 2005) You can't think '70s without
the BEE GEES. The Brothers Gibb dominated the charts when
disco exploded onto the scene, and their soundtrack for Saturday
Night Fever shot them into the stratosphere. Now, ET's MARK
STEINES sits down with BARRY GIBB to get his take
on the fantastic disco era -- and the tragedies that tore his
"To me, the song that's
really reminiscent of that period is 'Stayin' Alive,' or 'Night
Fever,'" Barry tells Mark. "[Disco] was bigger than
anybody thought it was going to be, and even now, no matter how
many films or records came out in that era, Fever still
seems to be the thing that people seem to focus on. I can't
"When someone says, 'Do
you want to do a soundtrack to a movie' and you've never done
[one], you think, 'Wow, that's great," he says about the
origins of Fever. "It became the poster child [of the
era] ... We realized that we had reached another level."
Of course, as popular as
their music became, there was a terrific backlash that effectively
knocked Barry, ROBIN and MAURICE -- and disco -- off
the pop culture pedestal.
"Certainly in the
Midwest there was a backlash against this music," says Barry,
"but they underrated the stay-ability of this kind of music.
We're sitting here 30 years later and they're still playing
Barry says that while the
brothers were unified as a group, they were anything but that in
their personal lives. "This group didn't thrive on being
unified; we thrived on competing against each other," he
admits. "But when we were younger, that was good. As we got
older, that wasn't acceptable; if someone stuck out, well, the
other two weren't so happy about it."
That lack of harmony,
combined with a new era of music and the tragic death of brother ANDY
GIBB -- and more recently brother Maurice -- took its toll on
"[Tragedy] does two
things: It either fuses you together, or it blows the family
apart," says Barry. "Death in the family can have those
two different effects. I think it's very sad; it wasn't good for
our family to lose Andy and Mo.
"Things were not so good
between us five years leading up to Maurice's death,"
continues Barry. "I think the group was well-worn; it had
become quite tainted over the years, especially the last decade. I
think if we'd all been healthy, especially if Andy had still been
with us, [we'd be] a whole family.
"The sense of loss that
stays in the family is the void that stays," says Barry, and,
unfortunately, it has driven a wedge between him and brother
Robin, especially where a tribute album for the late Maurice is
"I'm not involved,"
reveals Barry. "I have been deliberately dis-involved. People
have actually excluded me from that process. It's personal in my
family, and I can't go into it, but certain things were done by
the people who look after my brother to stop me from being
Still, Barry intends to pay
tribute to Maurice in his own special way, and he looks back
fondly at the disco years that catapulted the Bee Gees to
"It was a bit like being
in the center of a hurricane," says Barry about the
Australian trio's phenomenal success, "where you could see
the blue sky but there was absolute turbulence going on all around
November 8, 2005
Barry Gibb snubbed for brother's tribute album
Bee Gees brother Barry Gibb is heartbroken after being told his late brother Maurice's family want him to play no part in a planned tribute
Gibb reveals he and siblings, Maurice and Robin, had fallen out five years before Maurice's sudden death in 2003 - and the feud continues two years after the tragedy.
The singer explains: "I have been deliberately disinvolved. People have actually excluded me from that process.
"Certain things were done by the people who look after my brother to stop me from being involved.
"It much more involves exploiting the Bee Gees than it does paying tribute to Mo (Maurice), and that's what's sad."
And, speaking exclusively to US news show Entertainment Tonight, Barry Gibb reveals he's more than used to family feuds he and his singing
brothers rarely got along.
He blames the death of the brothers' youngest sibling Andy in 1988 for sparking the family squabbles, and tragedy is still breaking them
He says: "It (death) either fuses you together or it blows the family apart. I think it's very sad. It wasn't good for our family, to lose
Andy and then Mo.
"The sense of loss that stays in the family... is the void that stays. It's real, it's touchable."
IOL:Breaking News 08/11/2005
(Nov 10, 2005)Robin Gibb was interviewed by Mary Hart for
- About the tribute to Maurice, he said he had asked Barry to take
part, but Barry wasn't ready for it yet.
- When asked about the lack of communication, Robin answered both
have been busy on different projects, and as Barry was involved in
making the new album for Barbra Streisand, he thought it was not
the right time to tell him again about Mo's tribute.
- He was also asked what he would say to Barry: "Well,
there's one thing I'd like to say is that Barry, and no one can
come between me and you. We're the only two people that count."
- When asked to comment Barry's words about them not being three
brothers but three families, he replied: "You know, it's been
three rough years of emotional space where we've had to come to
terms with Maurice's loss and we've had to deal with that in our own
- About Barry not being involved in Maurice's tribute, Robin said:
been in touch with him. Asked him to do the tribute album.
But there are things that he needed to do on his own."
- About people around Robin excluding Barry from the project,
Robin said "I love you and I would never allow
that to happen. You are the very heart of the BeeGees. You're with
me and we want to go forward I want to go forward together.
- The interviewer asked him
do you think he feels so strongly that he is being shut out of the
tribute album to Maurice then?". Robin's reply was: "I
can't understand where that comes from, I have been in touch with
Barry and I've asked him quite a few times to be involved, but
again he's not been ready for various reasons because of Maurice's
- Mary Hart said: "But Barry was ready to
pick up the phone and call his brother..." And Robin replied he
phoned Barry two days before.
- Mary Heart: "Robin
understands and shares Barry's grief over losing Maurice three
years ago." Robin's reply: "In essence I don't think
we're the kind of guys who can come together and work it through
together. We had to do it in our own way."
- Mary Hart then asked about Andy: "Andy died
after a long battle with drugs. I know that there was discussion
about bringing Andy in and making him an official part of the
BeeGees but that never happened. Why not?"
Robin said : "It never happened because Andy
didn't want it to happen and that was something that he made
perfectly clear at least two months before he died."
- Finally he was asked about he and Barry getting together for
Christmas: "Well, Barry is not very keen on flying, so it
seems it will be in Florida. And that's good for me, I need some
Gees Family Feud
The BEE GEES may have been the reigning kings of disco
with their multi-platinum album Saturday Night Fever
leading the charge, but a pair of tragedies over the course of
their career -the deaths of brothers ANDY and more
recently groupmate MAURICE- have derailed the personal
relationship between the two remaining Brothers Gibb, BARRY
"The sense of loss that stays in the family is the void
that stays," Barry told ET's MARK
STEINES earlier this week, and, unfortunately, it has
driven a wedge between him and Robin, especially where a tribute
album for the late Maurice is concerned.
"I'm not involved," Barry told Mark. "I've been
deliberately dis-involved. People have actually excluded me from
that process. It's personal in my family, and I can't go into it,
but certain things were done by the people who look after my
brother to stop me from being involved."
Now, Robin comes to ET to set the record straight and try to
explain to MARY
HART just what is behind their different points of view.
"I think it's an emotional trigger," says Robin.
"I can't understand where that comes from, because I have
been in touch with Barry and I have asked him a few times to be
involved, but he's not been ready, for various reasons, because of
Maurice's death, to actually go out there and do as many projects
as possible, so he's had to work through this thing slowly on his
As for any lack of communication, Robin explains that it's only
been a few months since they've spoken, and for a good reason.
"You have to respect a person's space when they're
recording," says Robin. "You can't be talking to them
all the time about other projects, but he has been in touch,
whether it's been from me or by his advisors."
But even before Maurice's death and the tribute album
obstacles, Barry says that "things were not so good"
between the Bee Gees for years leading up to Maurice's sudden
death in January of 2003. "I think the group was
well-worn," he told Mark. "It had become quite tainted
over the years, especially the last decade. I think if we'd all
been healthy, especially if Andy had still been with us, [we'd be]
a whole family.
"[Tragedy] does two things: It either fuses you together,
or it blows the family apart," concludes Barry. "Death
in the family can have those two different effects. I think it's
very sad; it wasn't good for our family to lose Andy and Mo."
(November 10, 2005)