REQUIEM FOR DEAD BROTHER
(Bunte, No 46, 2004)
(Original text in German by Paul Sahner)

Posted by Marj.L. / Marion Budde

Robin Gibb, 54, was interviewed by Bunte at the Hilton Hotel in Munich. Removing his John-Lennon-glasses, he said: "The death of Maurice is my personal 11 September. It is as if half of my heart had been taken away. If I wake up, I think of him, and also if I fall asleep. I often go into churches and pray for him. I cannot understand why destiny tore him from us, as Andy my youngest brother. Both were too young."

Maurice Gibb was Robin Gibb's twin brother, both belonged to the Bee Gees. The keyboard player died on 12 January 2003 due to a medical error, Robin believes. Did he live an excessive life? Robin drinks water before speaking of the wild 60s, in which the Bee Gees became the most successful pop group beside the Beatles: "Who took no drugs was considered uncool. It was a characterless, dangerous culture." One of the victims was Maurice. Robin: "He started drinking when he was still very young. A difficult marriage, a bad divorce made it even worse. He went through hell."

Robin Gibb believes his brother is in a kind of Rock'n'Roll heaven?: "With Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Elvis, Kurt Cobain... "

The popstar, millionaire thanks to dozens of number one hits (new album: "Bee Gees Number Ones"), is friendly with queen Elizabeth II: "I can roll around laughing if she parodies Tony Blair." Close is also his friendship with Michael Jackson. His Solomonic judgement: "Our business is hard and brutal. The more famous you are, the more strongly become you a target. The judges are often inclined to believe famous people are guilty." (Not too good translation. In German:"Die Richter neigen oft dazu, den Leuten zu glauben, die Prominente wegen sexueller oder anderer Verfehlungen anprangern.")

Robin Gibb admits he experimented in former times occasionally with drugs too: "However only because all musicians were doing it. And somehow our time brought the best pop music ever, it was more revolutionary and innovative than anything that was produced afterwards. Today's music is linear and boring."

Has he raised his three children authoritarianly?: "Fingers away of drugs." Otherwise he considers himself a "lousy father", because: "I am still like a child." Disarming and naive are also his opinions:

1. If you see yourself always as you would like to be, you become as you would like to be.

2. Luck is hard work.

3. In my chocolate-brown Mercedes I like listening to Mozart, because that lasts longer than three minutes.

4. Germans can be proud on Thomas Gottschalk. He has charm and looks (...)

He also said that next year he will make a "Tribute Concert for Maurice" in Los Angeles with his brother Barry: "So that Maurice and all the other legends in heaven who died too early can dance."

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