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Bee Gees Return Home: Barry Gibb Unveils the Bee Gees Walkway at Redcliffe
Barry Gibb, the sole surviving member of the band, returned to his hometown with his mother to inaugurate the Bee Gees walkway
Redcliffe is the hometown of the Bee Gees brothers and the place where signed their very first studio album in 1959. The people of the town welcomed back their most loved band in a grand fashion at the opening on the Bee Gees Walkway.
Barry Gibb, the sole surviving member of the band, returned to his hometown with his mother to inaugurate the walkway. He said, "We wouldn't be around without Redcliffe... This is where the music was born... I didn't know that so many people (would) come to this and say hello to me and my family. My mum is real proud today."
The other two band members, Robin and Maurice Gibb, passes away leaving behind a great musical legacy. Barry remembered his brothers at the inauguration, he was quoted as saying, “"I think they're with me (today). You can just sort of tell. They're there... To come back here and to follow my memories... I have found some kind of closure."
Maurice Gibb passed away in 2002 in Miami while Robin lost a gruelling battle to cancer in 2012. Barry inaugurated a bronze statue depicting the three brothers during their childhood days. Barry was twelve then and the twins, Maurice and Robin, were nine. The statue stands at the Bee Gees Walkway, a 70m path that depicts the journey of the band from their childhood to international success. The walkway extends from Redcliffe Parade to Sutton Street and documents the highs and lows of the band’s illustrious career.
Allan Sutherland, the Mayor of the Moreton Bay Council, was present at the unveiling of the statue. He said of the band, "The statue doesn't depict them at the height of their fame but as lads walking along the beach at Redcliffe - foot loose and fancy free with Barry playing his guitar. It was on a kitchen table in Redcliffe that the Bee Gees signed their first recording deal after being discovered at the local speedway."
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