MUSIC MAN: Former Bee Gees lead guitarist and founding member of Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs, Vince Melouney.
MUSIC MAN: Former Bee Gees lead guitarist and founding member of Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs, Vince Melouney. Patrick Gorbunovs

Bee Gees axe man still Staying Alive

HE WAS a founding member of both the Bee Gees and the Aztecs; he has toured the world and even met Jimi Hendrix, but this weekend Vince Melouney will be at the Bangalow Bowling and Sports Club.

Mr Melouney began his career in the Bee Gees in 1966 and played lead guitar on the band's first four albums.

Some 47 years later, he said he isn't planning on slowing down anytime soon.

"I'm really looking forward to playing in Bangalow," Mr Melouney said, adding he would be off to Los Angeles to record with Saul Davis after touring Australia into next year.

"I enjoy being on the road. My two passions are playing live and recording, so when I'm not on the road, I'm in the studio recording."

When asked about the Bee Gees dynamics, Mr Melouney said the band "got along pretty well".

"We never trashed any rooms," he joked.

And in his almost 50-year career, he said the major highlight was "playing Royal Albert Hall in London with a 60-piece orchestra".

Oh, and then there was that one time he met Jimi Hendrix.

"I vaguely remember meeting Jimi in New York when there was a big concert in Central Park," Mr Melouney said.

"He was a really nice man and he was very quiet but very friendly, talking about how he liked songs we'd put out."

While Mr Melouney still loves his job, he said the industry had "changed quite a lot since the 1960s".

"There is still an enormous amount of passion from musicians, but today it's just a business and many producers and writers direct their music toward various and markets."

In an effort to offer some advice to a new ilk of musicians, the veteran guitarist said making it in the industry required "practice, practice, practice".

"You've really got to have a passion about it, too, because there are so many people who are unbelievable players," he said.

Vince Melouney plays the Bangalow Bowling and Sports Club tomorrow night at 8pm.

Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 at the bowlo's website.

STILL ON SONG: Former Bee Gees lead guitarist and founding member of The Aztecs Vince Melouney and, far left, Vince (centre) with the original Bee Gees band.
STILL ON SONG: Former Bee Gees lead guitarist and founding member of The Aztecs Vince Melouney and, far left, Vince (centre) with the original Bee Gees band. Patrick Gorbunovs

Did you know

  • Maurice Gibb was a champion paintball player.
  • When he was18 months old, Barry Gibb was badly burnt by hot tea and nearly died.
  • The Bee Gees were the first Australian act to top the US charts in 1971 with How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.
  • The Bee Gees were initially known as the Rattlesnakes.
  • According to FBI files reported by the UK's Daily Mail, in 1980 Robin Gibb was addicted to methedrine and barely slept and or ate.

SOURCE: News Ltd


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