Q: First of all I want to say how sorry I am for your
loss. So many other people have said the same, do you get some comfort from that?
Robin Gibb: There's been a tremendous amount of support and sympathy from all
around the world on Maurice's death. It has been fantastic the show of feeling that has
come out. For my own part I'm still in disbelief because it was so fast, a straight
forward stomach complaint, probably a hernia; it just went catastrophically wrong.
Q: To lose your twin it must be like losing part of yourself.
Robin Gibb: It is, yes, your losing your soul mate after all this time. I've never
known life without him, and as I say brothers don't always stick together, grow up spread
out, but we were always working together, doing the same thing, writing together, singing
together. It's almost 300% more of a blow.
Q: You have said you are going to pursue what happened, what sort of stage is that
Robin Gibb: It is at a very early stage, because things move differently in the
States. There are lots of things that went wrong, things we are asking about Maurice's
medical attention, things he should have had 24 hours... Did he pay for celebrity status
by being put on the 8th floor of the hospital with no medical facilities and more luxury,
so when he did have a reaction to his illness there was no medical facilities on that
floor and time was wasted getting vital equipment to him?
Q: Are you worried about your own health, we are not sure, we hear conflicting
stories, it could have been something that he had from a baby.
Robin Gibb: I don't know, there is no evidence to me that he had any genetic
problems because when I said to the doctor if I should I get a check up he hesitated and
said, 'You could if you want.'
Q: We haven't really spoken about your big brother, we saw news bulletins that he
Robin Gibb: Absolutely, and that's the same as me too. Obviously anger doesn't
bring back the person, but there are a lot of people that must be held to account that
were involved along the way in Maurice's death, and we are not satisfied with what we've
been told. We believe this didn't have to happen.
Q: You have said the music goes on.
Robin Gibb: Maurice would want that, yes. I don't know whether we are going to go
forward as the Bee Gees , we will put that in history now, as the three of us. Anything
that we do we will do it together, but it will be as brothers, not under the name Bee
Gees; that will be reserved in history as all three of us.
Q: When all this was happening totally out of the blue, you already had the single
coming out, it is out now.
Robin Gibb: Yes.
Q: Did you ever think... maybe I shouldn't be doing this or was it part of the
thing he would have wanted me to do this?
Robin Gibb: Yes, I did think about it of course, whether it would be the right
thing to do and I thought in the end it might be better, it might be good for me to get
stuck into a project, the less time I have to think about things the better.
Q: Not a bad idea. Listening to the song, it becomes really poignant when you hear
the words... "Please tell me how I'll ever get over you, though I know you're gone,
can't believe that it's true. Please tell me how to ever stop wanting you. With every beat
of my heart... I'll be waiting for you."
Robin Gibb: The chorus does lend itself to how I'm feeling right now.
Q: That's going to be hard when you perform it as you will have to do, and get out
there and talk about the song and album as all people who have albums out have to do.
Robin Gibb: Yes, Maurice would not want me to stop working , it is something I need
for my mental health, move forward and be creative, to get music out to the world. I think
I would expect Maurice to have done the same.
Q: For those that didn't know him, what was he like, describe him.
Robin Gibb: He was a very outgoing person, very gregarious, very extrovert, a great
laugh, a great wit and very generous, tremendously generous. I know these are nice things
to say about people, but he really was very generous, he helped a lot of people, he was
always the champion of the underdog, people were going through bad times he would help
them, so he really was a good man.