They’ve just celebrated seven years in residence in Las Vegas’ The Excalibur Hotel and have clocked up more than 2250 performances and now the Australian Bee Gees Show is headed to the Gold Coast as part of its ‘Direct from Vegas’ world tour.
Michael Clift, AKA Barry Gibb, started the band in 1996 and while the group has its roots in Vegas, Michael explains how they work in other locations.
“We have multiple casts so we can also tour,” he said. “Many times we have two touring shows playing in different parts of the world as well as the Vegas show playing six nights a week.”
The new show, being toured globally, features all the Bee Gees hits in a nostalgic trip down memory lane, delivered in a modern, multimedia concert event. We know Australian fans have a special connection with the Bee Gees, but Michael says his American audiences are also great.
“They’re very vocal and very responsive, especially if they like what you are doing. They don’t quite know the 60s history as well as an Aussie or an English fan but we have been educating them on that part of the Bee Gees career,” he said.
“We’ve been lucky enough to perform in over 60 countries and that list just keeps growing.”
Michael said that growth is testament to how popular the Bee Gees music is worldwide. I ask him why he thinks that is.
“I think it is simply great songs that are very heartfelt, especially some of the 60s tunes, a lot of emotion and that connects with people all over the world.”
And it seems the formula is working for Michael and his crew. They’ve just been signed for another two years at The Excalibur Hotel, were voted Best Tribute Show in Las Vegas by the prestigious Las Vegas Review Journal and receive the coveted Entertainer of the Year award for 2015 at the prestigious Win Win Headliners Bash.
After 21 years on the world stage and more than 6,500 performances in 60 countries, the show has evolved to become the definite live ceelbration of the wonderful music written by the Brothers Gibb and when they hit Australia, they’ll have something special in store.
“The show is performed in two acts, One Night Only and a nod to the 70s Disco period,” Michael explained. “Fans can expect all of the guys from the 60s and 70s, some of the songs written for other artists and a few medleys so we can squeeze even more of this fantastic catalogue into one show.”
The Australian Bee Gees show hits The Star Gold Coast on Saturday 18 August.