Oct 15, 2012
As the world was made painfully aware, Barry Gibb lost his last remaining Bee Gees band mate and brother, Robin Gibb, a few months ago to a vicious battle with cancer.
In the years since the loss of father Hugh Gibb and brothers Andy Gibb and Maurice Gibb, Barry always had younger brother Robin by his side to write, record and produce music, which is Barry's way of expressing feelings.
In the last few months since Rob's death, the music stopped and the relentless echoes of silence were deafening and torturous.
Left alone as "the last man standing," Barry Gibb experienced grief and guilt that was almost unbearable after a lifetime as the protective older brother to Robin, Maurice and Andy.
The youngest was not supposed to die first, and the oldest was not supposed to be the only one left alive. For a while, life in 2012 seemed cruelly backwards and upside-down to Barry Gibb, the last Bee Gee.
His mom, Barbara Gibb, is now in her nineties and still very much a mother who says what needs to honestly be said to her son.
Barry's wife of 45 years, Linda Gibb, has stuck with her husband through the thick and thin of life and remains a tremendous source of encouragement and support.
Gibb's adult children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren have joined Mother Gibb and wife Linda in reminding Barry Gibb exactly who he is as an individual and how much they love the person he is.
Such expressions of love from those who know him best are what has helped Barry Gibb through his own "dark night of the soul" and led to his decision to go forward with new songs and a concert tour as a solo artist for the first time in his life at the age of 66.
One of the most prolific songwriters and music producers in history, Barry Gibb is back and ready to climb new mountains with the help of younger members of the Gibb family from the next generation.
The First Family Of Rock will remain so into the future, and generations of fans could not be more thrilled to hear the news. The Barry Gibb Tour kicks off February 2013 in Australia.
The following two-part interview with Barry Gibb is very emotional, at times tearful and at other times hysterically funny. Such is the nature of the man who is so easy to like, to love, and to listen to.