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Barry Gibb unveils Bee Gees statue in Australia

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Surviving Bee Gees star Barry Gibb made a trip to his family's hometown in Australia on Thursday to unveil a statue of the band.

The brothers -- Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb -- lived in Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, after their family emigrated from England to Australia in the 1950s, and local officials have honored the famous former residents with a permanent tribute. Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of the band following the death of both Robin and Maurice, headed back to Redcliffe on Thursday to unveil the special statue -- which depicts the trio as young boys -- and he admitted it was an emotional experience.

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Gibb said his brothers were watching over him as he unveiled the statue, telling reporters, "I think they're with me [today] You can just sort of tell. ... To come back here and to follow my memories ... I have found some kind of closure." The singer also thanked the crowds of fans who gathered at the ceremony to see him honored, adding, "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."

A walkway in the area has also be renamed Bee Gees Way in the band's honor. Maurice Gibb died in 2003, and his twin brother, Robin, passed away last May after a battle with cancer.

11Comments
Apr 12, 2013 8:44AM
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I feel for Barry.The brothers were so close. I loved them all. The only reason I watch St.Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band was to see the brothers in the movie. They are a special group in my eyes.
Feb 15, 2013 8:15AM
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So many tragedies have befallen the talented Gibb family...Andy, Maurice, and most recently Robin.  Very sad, as I have loved their music for 35 years now.
Feb 15, 2013 7:35AM
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The Bee Gees were incredible song writers and singers. I've always loved their music. I'm close to fifty now and still love to listen to their songs. They never grow old to me! I hate what happened to Robin and Maurice. They are ALL well deserving of being recognized!! God bless you Barry and family. Thanks for years of wonderful music!!!
Feb 15, 2013 6:07AM
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That is great to hear him honor his brothers that way.  I loved their music listened to it all the time when I was growing up in the 70's.  I also liked their brother Andy and listened to him too had alot of their records now they need to make a statue of Andy.  God Bless your family.  Tammy
Feb 15, 2013 6:06AM
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The Bee Gees are my all time favorite, love all their songs. Best talents ever!
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