Having lived thru the first Bee Gee-John Travolta-Saturday Night Fever Bull Shit, I really wasn’t thrilled about seeing a Vegas tribute band honoring them… But after seeing The Australian Bees Show at the Excalibur, I am glad I went…
My first thought was: Honestly? A tribute band to these guys? On top of every other tribute band we have here, they needed to add this one to the pile?? That was my thinking going in. To add to my anxiety over it all, the video monitors were playing endless loops of these guys playing like they were the really famous Bee Gees in other theaters around the world.
Ok, so they are five guys from down under, each with an impressive musical resume who got together to mimic one of their country’s most profitable exports… The three leads have been doing this show in one form or another for over a decade. Now they light up a room normally reserved for the other Vegas Australian import, Thunder from Down Under… That and $2.50 will get you a shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate…. Can you tell I really wasn’t in the mood for a tribute show?
Then they take the stage and start down what I thought would be the predictable list of Bee Gees tunes, with a few stale jokes told with that crisp Aussie slang. Yawn.. Once they get the opening melody of Saturday Night Fever songs out of the way and start the real show, everything changed. You start to realize they are pretty good musicians even by Vegas standards and they do have a great chemistry together under the lights that’s genuine. Not faked or pushed… That’s refreshing…
But wait, there’s more… its not just replay from the soundtracks or the karaoke machines. These boys are putting their own spin on the tunes and they are really doing them better than I remember them. I mean foot stomping good, lets get up and dance since there is some open space on the floor here, good. To add some really amazing things for a tribute show, they play more than the predictable tunes. Some of these are songs I remember were “B” side tunes. Ok, showing my age again. How many know what “B” side means??
Never one to be called a Bee Gees fan, I was starting to rewrite this review in my head. Going from awful, to not-so-bad, to good, to “Dam these guys can entertain” all in about the first four songs… I could actually come to like these guys. Actually I did. They don’t just show up, look for their mark on the floor and start the routine. They have honed their craft down to a science. Just for that, I give them kudos. But they also have the music down, the looks, the talk and the walk. Their interaction with the audience was a bit stiff, but that is usually expected in a smaller theater. I now see why they are rated as the best Bee Gees tribute band in the world.
If you were like me and thought the Bee Gees music would seem dated, even in Las Vegas. And you remember that the brothers were kind of a running joke for many years after the death of Disco. So why is this different? In the hands of these guys, they make it all seem more updated and palatable. Actually able to turn a curmudgeon into a fan and telling people looking for an entertaining show… Go See The Australian Bee Gees.