BEE GEES STAR BARRY GIBB TELLS 'CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD' HIS NEW SOLO TOUR IS LIKE A REBIRTH
Gibbs Tells Anthony Mason of Performing: 'It's Everything to Me, It's All I've Ever Known; I Don't Know How to Do Anything Else'
Barry Gibb, the surviving member of the legendary group The Bee Gees, says his new solo tour 'is sort of like a rebirth' in an interview with Anthony Mason for CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD to be broadcast Sunday, May 25 (9 a.m.) on WUSA9.
Gibb, 67, took CBS SUNDAY MORNING backstage in Boston as he prepared to launch his new tour – his first ever without his late brothers, Robin and Maurice. Together, the brothers created one of the greatest vocal groups of the 20th century with hits such as 'Stayin' Alive,' 'How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,' and 'I've Got to Get a Message to You.'
'I never could have imagined being sort of that last person,' Gibb tells Mason. 'We were glued together, you know?'
Gibb needed some coaxing from his wife, Linda, and his oldest son, Stephen, to return to the stage. Linda Gibb says her husband was miserable since his brother Maurice died in 2003. 'I think after Maurice died, he kind of went into a bit of a depression and he just moped around,' she says.
But while his brothers are no longer on stage with him, Gibb is joined on this tour by son Stephen, who also had to convince his father he should tour again. 'There's a certain almost nakedness that he felt. And sure, there's risk involved. He's a 67-year-old…pop icon or whatever you want to call him. And…he's like, 'Do people still care?'' the younger Gibb says. 'And I made it my job to tell him as often as I could, 'Believe me, they really wanna hear it. You gotta get out there.'
The solo tour also coincides with the release of a new, five-disc boxed set of music, 'The Bee Gees: 1987-1991.'
In addition to Stephen, Barry appears on stage with his niece, Maurice's daughter, Samantha.
While Gibb performs some of the Bee Gees' greatest hits on stage, images of his late brothers appear on a screen behind him. Initially, he had trouble looking over his shoulder because he missed them.
'Well, it's an everyday thing. It's every day and every night. That never goes away,' Gibb says about missing his brothers.
'I don't know why I'm the only one left. I'll never be able to explain that,' he says. 'And I'll always have great, joyful memories.'
CBS SUNDAY MORNING is broadcast Sundays (9:00-10:30 a.m.) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.