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Bee Gees Barry steals hearts in Qld

It's only a road, but Barry Gibb might justifiably claim this is a road that can take local fans' heart away.
The second stage of Bee Gees Way - a permanent instalment to honour the musical legends in their home town of Redcliffe, north of Brisbane - was opened before the man himself on Friday afternoon.
"It's overwhelming," the 69-year-old told hundreds of adoring fans.
Florida-based Gibb, who moved to Redcliffe from Manchester as a 12-year-old, described his adopted home city as "paradise".
"Ultimately, I didn't want to leave Redcliffe because this is where my home is," he said.
The singer spent more than an hour greeting fans and signing autographs.
Cathy Brennan, 53, had lined up since 7am to secure the first spot in a queue to walk Bee Gees Way.
"I just think it's lovely; it's a shame that they weren't all here," she said.
"But it's lovely that his mum's still here."
Maurice Gibb died in 2003 while his twin Robin died in 2012.
Barry Dighton, 63, remembers seeing Barry around the town as a teenager.
"Hearing their music just takes you right back to when you were the same age as them," he said.
Self-proclaimed "number one Bee Gees fan in the world" Monica Hooley, 71, had to sit down after her close encounter with the star.
"My daughter actually grabbed Barry's hand, dragged him back to us and said, 'Could you talk to my mum?', and I just grabbed him and kissed him," Ms Hooley said.
"I never thought, not in my wildest dreams."
Bee Gees Way now features a replica of the band's first recording contract that was signed in 1959.
Bronze statues of the three as adult performers now sit opposite a version of their younger selves - but Gibb said he prefers the latter.
"I can tell you that we were never as happy as we were before we got famous," he said.
"Once we got famous, competitive things started, but this was a time when it didn't matter who sang what, and we loved getting on stage."
Gibb plans to return to Redcliffe next year.


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