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Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb will kick off In The Now tour in Australia in April 2017

BARRY Gibb will open his world tour in support of his first solo record in 32 years in the place he still calls home, Queensland.
Gibb will tour Australia in April next year, including a headlining performance at the Byron Bay Bluesfest on Easter Monday.
The last remaining Bee Gee released only his second solo record, In The Now, on Friday.
Written with his two sons Stephen and Ashley, the album is the most personal of Gibb’s career and includes songs about his wife of 46 years, Linda and his late brothers, Maurice, Robin and Andy.
Gibb made a triumphant return to the stage in 2013 with the Mythology tour, with his band including Stephen on guitar and Maurice’s daughter Samantha on backing vocals.
Also on the stage will be his faithful mascot, legendary British children’s television puppet Sooty.“He’s always on stage, well he has been for the last decade or so — he didn’t like going on stage before then, he’s stay backstage doing push-ups,” Gibb said, laughing.
“He was on the last tour between the drums and the bass player.
“As long as I’ve got Sooty, I feel lucky. I brought him on stage because I realised I like the idea of a lucky charm.”

Gibb performed in Australia last year as a favour to his dear friend Olivia Newton-John for her annual gala.
Ahead of his return next year, Gibb reflected on the early days of the Bee Gees when he and his teen brothers would perform at clubs on the east coast.
“I watched whole clubs erupt in violence when we were growing up in Australia. The Beachcomber in Surfers Paradise, the Grand Hotel in Coolangatta, watching people punching each other out,” he said.“I never got over that., why people were so violent. I remember being on stage and watching two guys in the front row just keep punching each other while we played. They never even stood up. We never had any trouble with the audience; they wouldn’t mess with kids.
“There was a leak in the roof and a tube of water was coming down near the mic and I was more worried about being electrocuted.

“That was the Gold Coast in 1960, a long strip of hotels and each of them would have four or five acts playing on the bill, including a dog act and a juggler. And us, three kids singing in harmony, we loved it.”

Gibb said the concerts will also feature the Bee Gees classics his audience loves.



The In The Now tour will open at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on April 5 and then head to Hope Estate, Hunter Valley on April 8; Bluesfest, Byron Bay, April 17; Adelaide Entertainment Centre on April 20; Perth Arena on April 23; Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, April 26 and Qudos band Arena on April 29.
Tickets on sale from 2pm on October 17, with a Telstra Thanks pre-sale from 9am on October 12. Bluesfest tickets on sale now via bluesfest.com.au

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