Steve Wright: Robin Gibb is here and we set
this interview up maybe three, four weeks before the tragic death of Maurice. Well
talk about that and other matters. So Robin Gibb is here and there is new music to talk
about and I think its important that you continue working. How do you feel about it
Robin Gibb: Ive been on a hard dilemma at first. It seemed to me either
Id sit down and go crazy, step at the wall and keep thinking about it all the time,
or throw myself back into work, and I think there's only thing I could do, and that is
S.W: I know now its difficult for you now and we understand. I was so sorry
Robin: Thanks Steve.
S.W.: And upset, like you wouldnt believe. I kinda avoided mentioning it on
the air because I know you guys've been upset, but what has it been like? And hows
Robin: We are both the same, we are both in total shock and disbelief. This is not
a guy that was ever ill, but it was something out of the blue, and thats the worst
kind, because still a young man, with so much left to do, full of ideas and creative
energy, and there was just no sign of anything like this happening. Even now its
just hard to believe, its just total shock and disbelief.
SW: When was the first you heard of this terrible news?
Robin: The terrible news was on the morning of the night that I heard Maurice had
been rushed to the operation.
SW: Cos you were here, werent you?
Robin: I was in England, yes. He was already in hospital but he had gone to cardiac
arrest and the following day I heard that hed worsened and even he didnt come
out of the anaesthesia and so I rushed over to the States, to Miami and I was there, and
on Saturday night he died.
SW: What about your grieving process and Barrys grieving process? Have you
taken any advice?
Robin: I cant say goodbye and I wont accept it and I think as a part of
my defensive mechanism in my brain , I never will accept it, because its just to me
and by not accepting it, it never happened and I can always feel by being a little bit
angry and defensive in that way, maybe its for me to come into terms with it is not
a good thing.
SW: And you were twins, of course.
Robin: And we were twins. But in essence I think that the three of us are almost
like triplets, because we have this common bond all of us together that we grew up with.
Its hard to say that me and Maurice were separated from Barry. Hes going
through just what Im going through right now.
SW: Obviously you have not been able to spend too much time together, but the time
that you have spent together talking about Maurice?
Robin: Yeah, but I think its even hard at the moment to do that, to sit down
and talk about it all the time, because its too painful to talk about, because this
happened so quickly and out of the blue its hard to get our forces together and
SW: Well, you are in shock.
Robin: Yeah, absolutely, still in shock, me and Barry, although we will record
together and write for other artists, we will never use the name Bee Gees again.
SW: Yes, I read that and I thought thats not what you said the day after in
Robin: Yes, cos me and Barry got together since then and decided that we
wouldnt be the Bee Gees as just the two brothers.
SW: Out of respect or...?
Robin: Out of respect and as a tribute to Maurice really. The Bee Gees are the
SW: I know that you have been working on your solo album. There are some tracks on
there that have become poignant...
Robin: Well, obviously "Wish you were here" which is a re-recording of a
previous Bee Gees song. It was actually originally recorded as a tribute to Andy about 12,
13 years ago, and of course it takes a whole new meaning now.
SW: What can I ask you about your memories without upsetting everybody?
Robin: My memories are obviously more personal than professional. I think when
somebody sees you in the music world losing someone, they think on the professional level,
but my memories obviously are extremely personal as well, which are very painful, all I
could remember this is a guy who was with me all my life.
SW: The times that Ive been with him, he was always jolly.
Robin: Yeah, and he was a very generous man, he was always a champion of the
underdog and he always went out of his way to make people feel good, and there were things
that he did behind the scenes that nobody ever new about. He was just a really good guy...
SW: What I would like to do is play a couple of tracks that were Maurices
favourites, so if you want to pick something in his memory, from your catalogue, that
would be great.
Robin: Well , I know that he loved "How deep is your love", and he liked
"Nights on Broadway" as well, or perhaps "Too much heaven", that was
SW: Well do a couple of those... What well do well take a break.
We say thanks very much, Robin. Very nice to see you. We are so very, very sorry for your
Robin: Thanks a lot.
SW: I hope we can see you in better time, sometime in the future.
Robin: Me too. Thanks Steve.