One-night fever in Vegas
Belting out Bee Gees hits at a sold-out Las Vegas venue will be a dream come true for Nelson brothers Paul and Peter Madsen.
The Madsen Brothers' Bee Gees Tribute Band has been rocking around Nelson since 1999. They have played big shows before, once in front of 45,000 people at Carisbrook, but Paul (aka Barry Gibb) says Vegas was always the brothers' goal.
Paul Madsen, his brother Peter, and friend Paul Jeffries will spend eight days in the American entertainment capital next month, playing one show only at M Resort on the famous Vegas strip.
Peter said it had always been the brothers' dream to play in Vegas, and especially on the strip, which has hosted all the biggest names in music, including the original Bee Gees.
"It looks to be that that little dream, dreamed up by some Nelson boys who wanted to play a show in Vegas, has come true."
Paul said playing with his brother in the United States would tick off a "bucket-list" goal he has had his whole life.
They will be accompanied by new band manager Bill Findlater, Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency chief executive, whose business acumen the "Gibbs" hope can help book more gigs.
"We are hoping this will open up a can of worms for us," Paul said. "It's all about promoting the show."
The 1500-person capacity venue is already 80 per cent booked, and Paul said he was looking forward to performing again alongside his brother Peter, who had been taking some time away from the cover band.
Another brother, Patrick, was part of the original tribute group, but has been sidelined by illness, Paul said.
Before they jet out, the Madsen Brothers' Tribute to the Bee Gees plays at Headingly Centre in Richmond on Friday night, July 26, in a fundraiser for building charity Habitat for Humanity. Tickets $30 from Fields Florist, Richmond, and SBS Bank, Nelson. Door sales are limited.
The Nelson Mail