Bee Gee looks set for Mission

By ROGER MORONEY

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The 2013 Mission Estate Concert Artist is set to be announced at noon tomorrow - with all the signs pointing to it being one of the legends of the music business - Barry Gibb.

While promoters SEL have been tight-lipped on who will take to the big stage on February 23, all the signs point in the direction of the man who with his brothers Maurice and Robin, swept the charts and filled the stadiums as the Bee Gees.

Barry Gibb, now 66, has put together what he calls the "Mythology Tour" - a series of international concerts which will pay tribute to the success he and his brothers achieved over five decades in the music business.

From his home in the US, he announced late last month that next February, he would be returning to Australia (where they took their first musical steps) to launch the tour.

The dates fit in perfectly for him to bring it across the Tasman for what would be a one-off New Zealand show in Napier.

His three Australian shows are scheduled for February 8 in Sydney, February 12 in Melbourne and February 16 in Brisbane.

That would allow Mr Gibb and his entourage a good week to get across to the Bay for the Mission Concert. The schedule could be similar to that of Rod Stewart, who, after a series of Australian shows in February, flew to Napier by private jet for his one-off Kiwi concert at the Mission.

In announcing the Australian dates for his world tour, Mr Gibb said he still had not been able to come to terms with the fact he was the last of the four brothers left. Andy Gibb died in 1988, Maurice in 2003 and Robin last May. "I don't know why, but I'm the last one standing."

He said that when he performs they would be on stage with him. "We didn't agree on everything and that was the way life was - but boy, did we have some fun."

The Bee Gees produced a remarkable catalogue of songs including classics like Massachusetts, I've Gotta Get a Message To You, Words, World and The First of May.

They later sparked disco classics like Night Fever and Stayin' Alive.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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