FORTY years ago, the Bee Gees were the most popular band in the world.
Saturday Night Fever knocked Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours off the charts and stayed on top for six months.
In the 1990s, three young men in Melbourne were struggling to finance a project and even with a cover band to help out, were not earning enough.
So they formed the Australian Bee Gees which quickly took off.
“There were a number of different tribute bands in Melbourne at the time and we couldn’t believe there was not one for the Bee Gees,’’ said Australian Bee Gee Michael Clift who plays the last remaining Gibb brother Barry.
Twins Robin and Maurice Gibb have since died.
Clift has never seen the Bee Gees live nor met Barry Gibb but said it is an honour he might one day be lucky enough to enjoy.
Today, the Australian Bee Gees have been based in Las Vegas for seven years and travel all over the world with their drummer and bass player, playing more than 2000 shows on the Las Vegas Strip and more than 60 countries in 21 years.
The show is in two parts with all their hits included in a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
The Australian Bee Gees have been awarded the Best Tribute Show in Las Vegas and were the first Australian band to headline 1000 shows on the Strip.
Since their formation in 1996, they have played to capacity audiences around the world and come to Mandurah later this month where they have enjoyed previous visits to “your very nice performing arts centre.”
WHAT: The Australian Bee Gees: Catch the Fever World Tour
WHERE: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
WHEN: Thursday, April 19.