It's a long way from growing up in the seaside village of Redcliffe on the edge of Moreton Bay to the conquering the stages of New York, Los Angeles and London for three young local boys to dream and seize a big musical dream. That is exactly what Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb (better known as the Bee Gees) did to rise to the top of the international recording scene and become one of the world's most successful musical vocal acts of all time. Think Saturday Night Fever, Grease, amazing harmonies, yes, the open shirts and chunky chains and so much more.
In a career spanning many decades, the Bee Gees went on to sell over 220 million albums, win multiple Grammy awards and be inducted into the prestigious Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. To honour and celebrate their achievements, the Moreton Bay Council established Bee Gees Way in 2013 in Redcliffe Parade as a tribute to these singing hometown icons. In fact, eldest and last surviving brother, Barry Gibb visited and opened a stage of the exhibit as it was unveiled to the public.
As a long-time admirer or their music, I still catch myself humming along to songs like "Jive Talking", "Massachusetts", and "Words", when they come on the radio or are played in cafes. So it was an easy decision to drive to Redcliffe to explore Bee Gees Way for myself.
About the exhibit Bee Gees Way is a gentle 70-metre path housed in an open-air laneway off Redcliffe Parade and directly opposite the pretty beachfront promenade. As a multi-media exhibition, Bee Gees Way features a collection of images and artefacts spanning their illustrious career. It's simple to find and easy to get up close to engage with the exhibition with unrestricted access to:
a 70 metre mural of stylised photos of the brothers, a life-size statue of the brothers as young boys and another as adults, a video screen displaying rolling interviews with eldest brother Barry Gibb and accompanying music, and concrete seats engraved with lyrics from Bee Gees songs are highlights.
The pictures and the stories span their lifelong musical journey in a rich, natural and authentic way. I was unaware of many of the facts of their career.
The statues make a great photo opportunity. Jump in the snap and become an instant BG
The exhibition also pays tribute to the Bee Gees younger brother, Andy Gibb, also a musician. In terms of access, Bee Gees Way is flat and rests on a concrete path which is great for strollers and wheelchairs. If you get the chance to visit Bee Gees Way at night, a light shows set to music plays at 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm, 8.30pm, 9pm, 9.30pm.
I certainly enjoyed my visit to Bee Gees Way which is a wonderful monument to keep their music and their achievements "Staying Alive".