2 Years On Tour (1971)

2 Years On Tour – January 1971



Poster USA 71 Tour

 USA Mini Tour (7 concerts) (Suport Act: Staple Singers)

1971 January 11Albany, NYUSAPalace Theater
1971 JanuaryBaltimore, MDUSA 
1971 JanuaryChicago ILUSA 
1971 JanuarySanta Monica, CAUSA 
1971 January 21Portland, ORUSAParamount Theater


Feb 71: USA (7 concerts)

February 11Palace TheaterAlbany, N.Y.
12Philamonic HallLincoln Centre, N.Y.
13Painters Mill Music Fair TheatreChicago
14Auditorium TheaterChicago
19Santa Monica AuditoriumSanta Monica, California
20Agradame AuditoriumVancouver, B.C.
21Paramount TheaterPortland, Oregon

July 71: Australia, New Zealand, Israel

July 10: Brisbane
July 11: Sydney
July 12: Canberra
July 14: Hobart
July 15: Melbourne (Festival Hall). Aired on TV.
July 16: Adelaide
July 17: Perth


Ron Blackmore, Paul Dainty & David Trew

The Bee Gees
– Barry Gibb
– Robin Gibb
– Maurice Gibb
– Geoff Bridgeford (drums)
plus 16-piece orchestra, Bill Sheppherd, musical director with Russell Morris, support


“On the 9th of July the Bee Gees will arrive in Sydney to commence a one week tour of all capital cities. This is the first time the group as a whole has returned to Australia since they left for England 4½ years ago. Accompanying them on their tour will be ten British musicians and their musical arranger, Australian born, Bill Shepherd. It is believed that the group will be backed by a thirty-piece orchestra.”
[Go-Set 19 June 1971]

“The Bee Gees were being considered for an Australian tour by several promoters, but all but one backed out because the risk was too high. Now the Bee Gees are here they have packed every concert and brought every audience to their feet for a standing ovation! In Sydney and Canberra the crowds leapt from their seats and yelled for more. Canberrites have rarely been known to show such overwhelming enthusiasm for a visiting act of any sort. In Sydney the applause was deafening almost ten minutes after the Bee Gees had left the theatre and were on their way to their hotel! In Melbourne an extra concert was arranged to cope with the huge demand for tickets and crowd reaction was spectacular.”
[Go-Set, 24 July 1971]

“The Bee Gees 1971 tour was one of the very few Australian sellout successes.”
[Soundblast, January, 1972]

Tour 1972

 “Once again the Bee Gees will be accompanied by a 16-piece orchestra – a lavish touch no other pop group touring Australia would dare to indulge in. Actually this is quite small stuff for the Bee Gees –on their US tours they usually have used 40 pieces or more!”
[Soundblast, January 1972]

“For the second time within a year the Bee Gees will play to capacity houses throughout their Australian tour. Originally it was planned that there would be only one concert in Melbourne and Brisbane but because both were sold out on the first day of bookings, promoter Paul Dainty decided to include extra concerts in both cities. An amazing effort when you consider that the Bee Gees first tour was only in July last year.”
[Go-Set, 5 February 1972]

“The Bee Gees superbly entertaining stage act was enhanced this trip by the addition of four new songs, but remained basically the same. And by basically the same, I mean once again they were brilliant! The huge crowd (at the Sydney Showground there were 20,000 according to 2SM) and so was their response. It seems that everybody loves the Bee Gees”
[Go-Set, February 12 1972]

The 1971 Melbourne Festival Hall concert was recorded and filmed (in b/w) and part of the closing number, “Spicks and Specks” can be seen in the ABC’s Long Way To The Top (2001)

Playlist (New York)

To love somebody
Really and sincerely
Lay it on me
Jingle jangle
In the morning
Every second, every minute
I can’t see nobody
Portrait of Louise
I started a joke
I’ve gotta get a message to you
Lonely days





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