I want to dedicate this upload of ‘Lonely Day’s to the memory of Maurice and Robin Gibb and to the enduring inspiration and presence of Barry Gibb on the world stage. During my brief role in the Bee Gees journey, it was a privilege to spend time in the studio and on stage with Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb and experience the unfolding magic of their artistry. This live (raw) version of ‘Lonely Days’ is from a concert we played in Melbourne Australia in 1971 (There is a slight 10 second wobble in the footage at 1:07) The tour was sort of a homecoming for the Bee Gees who virtually grew up in Australia after migrating from the UK in the 1950’s and this was the first concert they played in Australia after having left in 1966. By the time of this concert The Bee Gees had become a major internationally successful group with songs reaching the top ten in the UK, Europe and USA.
It was a homecoming for me as well; I’d left Australia in 1969 to pursue an international music career and came back in 1971 as the drummer for the Bee Gees. During my time with the Bee Gees every concert we played internationally featured a live orchestra.
Bee Gees - Set list - Festival Hall, Melbourne Australia 1971.
01. New York Mining Disaster 1941
02. To Love Somebody
03. Really and Sincerely
04. Every Second, Every Minute
05. Lay It on Me
06. Jingle Jangle/Morning of My Life
08. I Can't See Nobody
10. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
11. I Started a Joke
12. I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You
14. Lonely Days
15. Spicks and Specks
Technically speaking - in those days the onstage limitations were sort of unbelievable by today’s standards. For instance at the concert at Festival Hall in Melbourne, there were no fold back monitors on stage for the band or the orchestra to hear themselves - so onstage levels were balanced live by ear with the assistance of a couple of side fill speakers left and right of the stage facing the band and the lighting consisted of a few overheads and 2 spots from the back of the venue.