Australian band re-creates sound of Bee Gees

You can’t see brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb perform, but for a multimedia theatrical experi
The Australian Bee Gees
The Australian Bee Gees

You can’t see brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb perform, but for a multimedia theatrical experience honoring their 40 years of music, head over to Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday night at 8 for The Australian Bee Gees.

A tribute band that has been playing Bee Gees’ music for nearly two decades, the Australian Bee Gees show features state-of-the-art sound and live camera images, re- creating the performance of the Brothers Gibb. Included in the song list are hits from the trio’s early years, such as “The New York Mining Disaster 1941” and “To Love Somebody,” to their later disco classics such as “Stayin’ Alive” and “You Should Be Dancin.’ ”

Since producing their first concert event in 1996, the Australian Bee Gees have worked to reproduce the look, sound and personality of the famous group.

The Gibb brothers were born on the Isle of Man to English parents, grew up in Manchester, England, and then moved to Redcliffe in Queensland, Australia. In 1967, they moved back to the United Kingdom where producer Robert Stigwood helped them become a worldwide sensation.

The Australian Bee Gees have also had a long career, forming their tribute band in 1996. Michael Clift plays Barry, David Scott is Robin and Wayne Hosking is Maurice. Joining them on stage are Tony Richards on bass and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School graduate Brian Czach on drums.

Clift was born in Queanbeyan, Australia, and toured with his band Red Tape before moving to Melbourne. The group disbanded in 1996, giving Clift the opportunity to perform as Barry in the group that was then called Stayin’ Alive.

Scott, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, played backup for many of Australia’s top acts and then returned home to Auckland to play guitar in Golden Harvest, best known for its 1977 top-10 hit, “I Need Your Love.” In 1996 he joined forces with Clift and put away his guitar to mimic the group’s main vocalist, Robin.

Hosking was born and raised in Melbourne where he became a popular piano player and vocalist. He joined up with Clift and Scott in 1996 and took on the role of Maurice in Stayin’ Alive.

The original Bee Gees sold more than 220 million records and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. After Maurice’s death at the age of 53 in 2003, the group retired. Robin died in 2012 at the age of 62; Barry Gibb, now 68, continues to perform.

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