Barry Gibb shares memories, music in Chicago show

2014-05-30T14:00:00Z 2014-06-01T18:11:41Z Barry Gibb shares memories, music in Chicago showEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-33656 nwitimes.com

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Barry Gibb proved he can capture a crowd as a solo act.

The eldest of The Bee Gees and the only surviving member of the iconic Brothers Gibb brought his "Mythology: The Tour Live" to Chicago's United Center Tuesday delivering a show that honored his late brothers and wowed fans.

Gibb's nearly 2 1/2-hour show was filled with a vast selection of The Bee Gees' greatest compositions and featured a combination of poignant, charming and at times humorous commentary by the musician.

Fans of Gibb and his late brothers Maurice and Robin wouldn't have wanted anything more from the acclaimed singer/songwriter as his show proved his vocals -even his famous falsetto - are still in tact as is his enthusiasm for entertaining an audience.

Gibb's Chicago show began with the upbeat "Jive-Talkin'" and immediately proceeded with "You Should Be Dancing" and "Lonely Days."

The singer's concert was a true family affair, not only when he was paying tribute to his late siblings, but also in the fact that he has several family members traveling with him on tour.

His eldest son Stephen plays guitar in Gibb's touring band while daughter Ali is on board handling the teleprompters. Gibb pointed her out during the show and also motioned to his wife Linda, who was standing on the side of the stage while he dedicated the tune "Words" to her.

"We've been married 44 years," Gibb said, calling Linda his best friend who encouraged him to take his music on the road once again.

Gibb's niece Samantha, Maurice's daughter, has been performing "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" with him in concert but he told the crowd she was ill and couldn't appear that night.

There were numerous touching moments as Gibb performed in honor of his brothers. He delivered a flawless "Our Love (Don't Throw It All Away)" in honor of youngest brother Andy and began the emotional "I Started A Joke" prior to brother Robin appearing on the larger than life screens to finish the song.

Among other highlighted tunes in the stellar show were "I've Got To Get a Message To You," "Run To Me", "Grease," "Spirits Having Flown," "Nights on Broadway" and songs "Guilty" and "Islands in the Stream" that were nods to material he wrote for or sang with women entertainers.

Son Steven also paid tribute to his uncle Maurice with a rockin' performance of "On Time."

Fans easily fell into Gibb's groove when he delved into the Bee Gees' disco bag of hits.

"Are you ready to go into the zone?," he asked before launching into "Night Fever"  and "More Than a Woman."

"If you can handle it, I can," he said.

Gibb ended his show with the poignant "Immortality" before taking the stage once again for the megahit "Tragedy." Gibb's last show of the tour will be June 4 at The Hollywood Bowl. Visit barrygibb.com

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