The lawns of Ilaro Court were filled with moving, swaying and at times jumping bodies over the weekend, as the Australian Bee Gees concert brought the music of the 1960s and 1970s to the second decade of the 21st century.
And it wasn’t a crowd of elderly people, with nostalgic memories of dancing cheek to cheek, but an audience of mixed ages that gathered to cruise back in time with the tribute band.
Homage it was they paid to the original 1958-2003 and true Bee Gees, who would have been smiling at a job well done to bring their music to life in Barbados –– all in the name of charity.
Eyes were glued to the stage as patrons seemed spellbound by the phenomenon the group sounded so much like their predecessors. They led hands into the air, wiggles and shakes into the feet, and had some couples holding each other tighter to groove to the mood set.
But it wasn’t just about holding your partner close, because several of the group’s numbers –– like You Should Be Dancing –– had the crowd literally jumping and waving. For that number, the group brought some youngsters on stage, and they had a blast.
The concert, organized by the Rotary Club of Barbados, was a fund-raiser for the Schoolhouse For Special Needs. The organizers said the Australian Bee Gees, from the Excalibur Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, jumped at the opportunity to visit Barbados to perform for the cause.
They dropped hit after hit, including How Deep Is Your Love?; How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?; Too Much Heaven; Guilty; To Love Somebody, among many others, that kept the fans enthralled for several hours.
So impressed was the audience, that patrons lingered even after the last note was strung, with former calypso king David Popsicle Hall noting that he had been looking forward to a concert like this for some time.
Hall, who was seen putting down moves of his own in the crowd, said: “This show tonight was the bomb. I was waiting on this show, to be in the presence of the Bee Gees. This is it!”
It seemed as well to be a show that attracted the visitors, who either squatted on the lawns, or leaned against each other and the metal barriers, totally captivated by the night’s music.
In short, it was a night the calibre of which neither visitor nor local attending will soon forget.