Transcript by Anne Marie
They unlocked the
door and let Robin Gibb back into the world this week. He is free to
follow a solo career; he is free of the Bee Gees although still under
contract to the Robert Stigwood Organisation and could, by mutual
agreement, work so many months of each year with his brothers (a situation
which seems highly improbable, but that’s the way the legal eagles
wanted it worded).
For someone who’s been in solitary for the past three months, playing
the part of the rope in a tug of war to manage him, Robin was looking
remarkably fit when I met him at his new manager Chris Hutchins’ West
For someone alleged to be under the thumb, Robin, with new shorter
hairstyle (“I cut my hair to get some air”) and splendid hand made
suit, seems much more assured and adult.
For someone who supposedly said some unprintable things about his
brothers and former boss (Hutchins has replaced Stigwood as his personal
manager), Robin was bewilderingly benevolent towards the Bee Gees.
The split started on March 15 and becomes finalised tomorrow (Friday)
with the release of his first solo record, “Saved By The Bell”, which
has a very Bee Gee feel about it, had, in fact, been “brewing for a long
Robin said the seeds were planted in his mind last year when Barry Gibb
bluntly, and unbeknown to his brothers, announced he intended to go solo
himself in two years time. “At the time” added Robin “I was very Bee
Gee-minded and Barry wasn’t. It set me thinking. If he could calmly go
ahead and leave without regard for the rest of us, then so could I.
“Going solo was something I’d always wanted to do eventually. You
can’t stick with the same thing forever. It was a case of either staying
with the Bee Gees until the end or getting out and achieving more on my
In the three months that have followed, enough mud has been flung from
one side to the other to start Eton Wall Game and writs passed hands like
pieces of confetti. Through it all, Robin stayed silent – officially.
And didn’t speak to any of his family and former friends. “You can’t
speak to and be sociable with people who are slapping writs on you.
Anyway, my legal advice was to say nothing.”
Other people said plenty – the main allegation being that Robin was
just a puppet in other people’s hands. “Apart from the various
offensive remarks that were made publicly, it annoyed me that people
thought I couldn’t make decisions on my own. Well I can” claims Robin.
His wife, Molly, he says, has not been leading him, simply supporting his
“Its been very tough” he admits “because they (his brothers) have
been saying what they like and I‘ve had to keep quiet. I feel very much
relieved that we have reached a settlement at long last.”
He doesn’t agree that his departure has damaged a great group. “The
Bee Gees have a fantastic future and I wish them all the best. I think,
for a start, their current single is great.”
He says his stock answer to the fans who say he should not have left
is: “Well I haven’t given up and stopped singing altogether.”
Indeed he hasn’t. Ahead of him is a world tour, taking in America,
the Far East, Germany, and possibly Australia and all their top Tv shows.
He returns to finish off an album of his own songs (“It’s absurd for
Barry to say I have done far less writing than him – I’ve been writing
since the group started”) and this autumn he undertakes a series of
concerts around the country, backed by an orchestra a la Bee Gees.
Says new manager Hutchins: “There hasn’t been a major solo teenage
attraction since Cliff Richard, and he passed his crest before the Beatles
came on the scene.”
We’ll have to wait and see, but it did seem ironical if not
indicative that on the day Robin revealed himself to public scrutiny
again, big brother Barry still stole the headlines of every newspaper over
that court case …