Robin Gibb @ Sandalford Wines, Perth (31/10/10)
Sunday night fever swept over the picturesque Sandalford Winery over the weekend bringing with it a stellar international line up that was sure to get the near capacity crowd on its feet, dancing moving and grooving to one third of one of the greatest bands of all time, The Bee Gees. Though Robin Gibb was the only brother on hand for the event, he came packed with an arsenal of hits that spanned over fifty years; it was a night to be remembered.
Kicking off as the midday sun set was local boy robbed of Idol glory, Courtney Murphy. Graced with a piano and his usual humorous swagger he made his way through a barrage of covers and own penned tunes to keep the wine soaked crowd swaying along. Bonnie Tyler was an interesting entrée for the brother Gibb, she was a little off the mark vocally but made the fans happy busting out the song everyone wanted to hear: Total Eclipse Of The Heart.
After a while, the disco music kicked in and the anticipation built and before we could get another drink, Gibb was on stage belting out 80’s anthem You Win Again. It was euphoric, such a perfect entrance with such an awesome song. The classics reared their heads early as he trotted out More Than A Woman and I Started a Joke in quick succession before Emotion broke the pace a little.
Gibb noticeably liked interacting with the members who could afford the front row area, making the modern day punter think back to much better days when anybody could make their way down the front for a dance. Such a shame the mighty dollar has stolen the privilege. Gibb was always able to spread the vibe however, reaching out to the nosebleeds with How Deep is Your Love before new track Alan Freeman Days was dedicated to Pirate Radio, a jibe at the illegal download
New York Mining Disaster brought the crowd to their feet and we all sang as one to the touching tribute. This was a memorable night for all and the arsenal was fierce: Massachusetts, Islands in the Stream and a rousing rendition of Night Fever had the sweat flowing and made it ridiculously hard to prevent your feet moving as he opted out of brother Barry’s famous falsetto yet never missed a beat.
The disco encore everyone was waiting for was realised when You Should be Dancing had all in attendance doing just that. Jive Talking was the perfect lead into flares and disco ball anthem Staying Alive and just before it was time for all of us to disco dance our way home, Tragedy left us wanting more, but with that, the day was over leaving those silky smooth hits ringing our ears for days to come.
For those who missed it, you missed out, Robin Gibb is one hell of an entertainer and put on a spectacular show, maybe one day Barry can come too. Fantastic day with a best-of vibe.