MILESAGO - Tours by Overseas Artists 1964-75
Compiled by Alan Harvey
1971 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
with Russell Morris, support
1972 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
"On the 9th of
July the Bee Gees will arrive in Sydney to commence a one week tour of
all capital cities. This is the first time the group as a whole has returned
to Australia since they left for England 4½ years ago. Accompanying
them on their tour will be ten British musicians and their musical arranger,
Australian born, Bill Shepherd. It is believed that the group will be
backed by a thirty-piece orchestra."
"The Bee Gees
were being considered for an Australian tour by several promoters, but
all but one backed out because the risk was too high. Now the Bee Gees
are here they have packed every concert and brought every audience to
their feet for a standing ovation! In Sydney and Canberra the crowds leapt
from their seats and yelled for more. Canberrites have rarely been known
to show such overwhelming enthusiasm for a visiting act of any sort. In
Sydney the applause was deafening almost ten minutes after the Bee Gees
had left the theatre and were on their way to their hotel! In Melbourne
an extra concert was arranged to cope with the huge demand for tickets
and crowd reaction was spectacular."
"The Bee Gees
1971 tour was one of the very few Australian sellout successes."
The 1971 Melbourne Festival Hall concert was recorded and filmed (in b/w) and part of the closing number, "Spicks and Specks" can be seen in the ABC's Long Way To The Top (2001)
1972 TOUR NOTES
"For the second
time within a year the Bee Gees will play to capacity houses throughout
their Australian tour. Originally it was planned that there would be only
one concert in Melbourne and Brisbane but because both were sold out on
the first day of bookings, promoter Paul Dainty decided to include extra
concerts in both cities. An amazing effort when you consider that the
Bee Gees first tour was only in July last year."
"Once again the
Bee Gees will be accompanied by a 16-piece orchestra - a lavish touch
no other pop group touring Australia would dare to indulge in. Actually
this is quite small stuff for the Bee Gees --on their US tours they usually
have used 40 pieces or more!"
"The Bee Gees
superbly entertaining stage act was enhanced this trip by the addition
of four new songs, but remained basically the same. And by basically the
same, I mean once again they were brilliant! The huge crowd (at the Sydney
Showground there were 20,000 according to 2SM) and so was their response.
It seems that everybody loves the Bee Gees"
A PERSONAL REFLECTION
I, along with some
friends attended the Sydney Showground concert. The Bee Gees had definitely
come back into great form in the early 70's with hits like "Lonely
Days", "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" and "My World".
With an orchestra backing their hits sounded full and faultless. I remember
they had a great sense of fun on stage too, especially Maurice. Barry
obviously took his music very seriously (and professionally) which meant
the audience was treated to some fine renditions of their hits. Robin's
voice was, and is, amazing! As with the concert that was recorded at Festival
Hall in Melbourne (in 1971) they finished off with "Spicks and Speaks"
which tipped the audience over the top screaming for more! There are no
doubt my friends and I had seen not just a great pop group, but a great
live concert group.
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