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{March 1972} Bee Gees arriving in and leaving Japan

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The "historical" moment of the Bee Gees goint through the Arrival gate at Tokyo International Airport

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On March 28, 1972, after a hectic week-long stay in Japan, the Bee Gees left for Kuala Lumpur, next stop of their 1972 Trafalgar tour.

Back then there were no digital cameras or iPhones.  Even cameras with flashlights were mostly out of reach of their mainly teenage fan base.  So please be warned that most of the photos taken during the tour, in particular, the indoor shots of their late evening arrival in Japan, were rather blurry.

From top to bottom, the photos are:

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45 years ago today - Bee Gees first ever Japanese dates

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Bee Gees in Tokyo (March 1972)
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45 years ago today, March 23, 1972, the Bee Gees did their very first concert in Japan, playing to a capacity audience in Tokyo.

On the right is the first page from a 3-page article on the Bee Gees in Tokyo from the May 1972 issue of  "Monthly Stereo."  The other two pages are about their Tokyo press conference, March 22, and a full page shot of the three brothers singing around one microphone during their first Tokyo concert respectively. 

The photos on the right shows Barry on March 24 at Budokan, and Robin and Maurice both from the first concert on March 23.  You can barely see the back of Robin prancing in his grey vest behind Maurice.

After the Bee Gees went home, the April/May issues of music papers and magazines here came out with feature articles and photos from their first Japanese tour.  A near exhaustive list of such is available in this article

As previously mentioned, most of the press was about the first half of their stay in Tokyo, and not much information is available about their two concerts in Osaka.  What little material we have now was recorded or photographed by ardent fans and survived in the hands of collectors.

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Bee Gees OSTs getting re-released by Universal Japan

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Get'em while they are sitll there!

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Three Bee-Gees-related original soundtrack CDs: "Melody," "Grease," and ”Stayin’Alive" are getting  re-released by Universal Music Japan on March 29 as part of their "Soundtrack 1000" campaign.

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Happy 2017!

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Bee Gees reunited in 1970

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Happy belated 2017!

It is always hard to keep a website running, but it is especially so during the months of January, March, and May.  So while we were in a pensive mode,  another January has been here for some time. Indeed, it's almost 12th.  So let us begin the new year with an old picture of the Bee Gees back when they were beginning a new chapter in their glorious career.

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Happy birthday, Robin & Maurice Gibb!

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We would have loved to see you
growing older with every passing year

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Happy birthday、Robin & Maurice Gibb!

Robin and Maurice Gibb, a.k.a. the Bee Gees twins, would be 67 today.

We used to lie there under the stars
We used to make believe they were ours
This was the love we thought could never die
("The Long Goodbye" by

Barry Gibb)

 

So set your eyes on
The distant horizon
We think of each other
This time of the year
So the autumn is the sping time
And the winter is summer

And the end of the rainbow is here
("End of the Rainbow" by Barry Gibb)

 

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