Barry Gibb’s brilliant Opry debut

Barry singing "When the Roses Bloom Again" (July 27, 2012)

Barry singing

Friday, July 27, 2012, Barry Gibb gave his splendid debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ricky Skaggs introduced Barry as a "really, really special" guest.  Barry said to Skaggs, "This is the center (of the universe).  I’m so proud of being here." 

Supported by Ricky Skaggs and other musicians, Barry sang three songs: "When the Roses Bloom Again," "To Love Somebody" and "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart."

Barry introduced "When the Roses Bloom Again" as an old civil war song that is "truly appropriate for the present, and the message is very spiritual and I love it."  It’s an old war song about a dying soldier thinking of his sweetheart back home and singing that he will be there "when the red roses bloom by the river, and the Robin Redbreast sings its sweet refrain,"  reminiscent of Robin’s very last single, "Don’t Cry Alone." 

The other two songs from Barry’s Bee Gees’ bag are among those he chose for Japan last year, undoubtedly very spiritual and emotional choices as well.

When some people in the audience shouted for Robin and Maurice, Barry answered, "They are all here." Barry also spoke of Ricky as his "music therapy."

"Country Weekly" (online version dated July 30, 2012)praises Barry’s debut performance as "powerful, emotional" and reports Barry’s words to his audience and fans: "Thank you. You’ve all been so kind to me."

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