Musical mission hits high notes

By Roger Moroney

Barry Gibb kicked off his downunder Mythology tour in Sydney last Friday night with a show that had the sellout crowd on their feet and the reviewers rolling out the accolades.

The former Bee Gee spectacularly rolled back the years and delivered a set list of songs which in just over a week's time will fill the hillsides of the Mission Estate Winery.

It was a concert which saw the 66-year-old emphatically prove one thing - he still has the voice, and the high notes when required.

Mission concertgoers will be treated to a big-screen entree of footage of the Bee Gees through the 1970s and 80s before the sole-surviving Barry Gibb takes to the stage where he will open with Jive Talkin.

He performed their first song to make an international splash - Spicks and Specks.

And rolling out a string of big hits from the 60s and 70s became something of a family affair - which will be repeated in Napier.

He sang How Do You Mend a Broken Heart with Samantha, the daughter of the late Maurice Gibb.

He performed I've Gotta Get a Message To You with his son Stephen Gibb, and one that really had the crowd in his hands was a rendition of I Started a Joke.

He sang it in harmony with film of the late Robin singing it behind him. It received a standing ovation.

There was even a nod to The Beatles with Gibb and his eight-piece band and three back-up singers turning out a smart version of The Long and Winding Road.

His set list numbered 26 songs and covered the full history of the Bee Gees, and he finished the night with a song which had the crowd inside the Sydney Entertainment Centre on their feet and dancing and singing along - Stayin' Alive.

The concert was mixed with plenty of banter from Gibb, who spoke affectionately and openly about his late brothers Robin, Maurice and Andy.

One critic called the performance "remarkable" while another said "it just had everything".

Barry Gibb headlines at the Mission on February 23, with special guest Carole King, whose opening Australian concerts have also been hailed in the media.

Barry Gibb is set to take the Mission stage at 8.30pm., with the show scheduled to wrap up around 10.30pm. Carole King will be on at 6.45pm.

Ticketing gates 1, 2 and 3 will open, pre-ticketing, at 1pm, with the main paddock concert site gates opening at 3pm.

A variety of eight wines, three beers, two RTDs and two non-alcoholic drinks will be on sale inside the venue. A liquor ban will be in place in the immediate area outside the venue and no alcohol is allowed to be taken in.


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