The Australian Bee Gees
The Australian Bee Gees celebrate their 1,000th performance at Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The spirit of The Bee Gees lives on with an entertaining tribute band that has performed literally throughout the world. These days, Michael Clift (Barry Gibb), David Scott (Robin Gibb) and Wayne Hosking (Maurice Gibb) enjoy an extended run at the Excalibur in Las Vegas.
In fact, March 20 marked their 1,000th performance in Sin City. A sold out crowd was appreciative of their efforts and it looks as if the Australian Bee Gees are poised and ready to perform at least another thousand performances in Vegas.
Fans of The Bee Gees’ pre-disco catalogue will be pleased to know that this show includes many of their hits from the 1960s, including "Lonely Days" and "Massachusetts." Video clips from that era are played in the background as well.
It doesn’t take long before the band starts playing Disco-era Bee Gees songs such as "Jive Talkin," "Night Fever" and of course "Stayin’ Alive." The easily recognizable harmonies are spot-on as the trio effortlessly perform each of the classic songs.
As a testament to the staying power of The Bee Gees, audience members ranging in age from eight to over sixty were on their feet dancing to the songs by the end of the show. There were also plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in on the singing, making it a fun, accessible, family friendly show. In typical Vegas fashion, it turns out that this is a well polished, well presented 90 minutes of music and entertainment.
Accompanying Clift, Scott and Hosking onstage are bassist Tony Richards and drummer Rick Powell. They both further enhance the classic Bee Gees sound that millions of fans have grown to love.
I had a chance to speak with David Scott briefly about his experiences with the Australian Bee Gees. He was very gracious and happy to talk about it and it’s quite evident that he and the other band members continue to enjoy performing these classic hits to fans throughout the world. Visitors and locals of Las Vegas will have ample opportunity to enjoy the music of The Australian Bee Gees, as they have recently signed a two year extension for the show.
Disco music is certainly not for everyone. I certainly respect those who don’t care for it. But one cannot deny the The Bee Gees’ importance on the music world. It is nice to know that such an accomplished band is dedicated to carrying on their legacy.
It’s a great fit for Las Vegas and will continue to be for many more shows to come.
The Australian Bee Gees enjoys an extended run at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino, 3850 S. Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas. For information about upcoming shows, call 800-933-1334 or visit www.excalibur.com. For information about the Australian Bee Gees, visit www.abgshow.com.