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The Bee Gees at Dodger Stadium

The Bee Gees at Dodger Stadium

July 7, 1979: The Bee Gees —  from left, Maurice, Robin and Barry Gibb — included more than a dozen Top 20 hits in their  90-minute Dodger Stadium concert.

Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn reported in the July 9, 1979, edition:

Thank goodness for the Bee Gees. I was beginning to think Dodger Stadium was jinxed. The ball club appears headed for its worst season since coming here from Brooklyn 21 years ago. The Bee Gees concert Saturday night, however, showed that the stadium can still field a winner. Maybe the team will get inspired now.

The Bee Gees – Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb – sold out the place (56,000 tickets) and put on a classy, though conservation demonstration of why it is one of the biggest-selling record acts of the pop-rock era.

Dodger Stadium probably hasn’t seen as many hits in one night since the ball club’s pennant-winning drive last summer. The Bee Gees crammed all or part of 16 Top 20 singles into its 90-minute package.

It was the trio’s first local appearance since the phenomenal success of “Saturday Night Fever,” and the mostly young audience shrieked with the unabashed adoration normally associated with teenybop idols like the Gibbs’ younger brother, Andy, who joined the group on stage for the encore.

Still the concert lacked the sense of occasion of Elton John’s two triumphant stadium appearances in 1975. At that time, John performed nearly 3 1/2 hours and added special touches (from a sequined Dodger uniform to a massive backup choir) that made the evening seem unique.

For all the ingratiating charm of the Bee Gees’ stylish music, Saturday’s concert was too much like just another stop on the trio’s U.S. tour.

Thus the most significant thing about the evening was that it signaled the start of an arrangement between the Dodger organization and MCA Concerts Inc. that should mean more pop-rock shows at the stadium – the area’s most prestigious and comfortable outdoor athletic facility. The only pop attraction other than the Bee Gees and Elton John to play there was the Beatles .…

Measured against past Bee Gees shows here, the concert was a success. It was better paced than the trio’s 1976 Inglewood Forum date and more aggressive than the 1973 Santa Monica Civic [Auditorium] appearance .…

Even in Saturday’s abbreviated form (nine songs were shoved into a medley), the Bee Gees showed us again that its success is no fluke. It’s highly melodic, deeply infectious music is among the most stylish and enjoyable of the post-Beatles period in pop.

The photo above by former staff photographer George Rose was published in the July 9, 1979, Los Angeles Times.

Andy Gibb died in 1988, Maurice Gibb died in 2003 and Robin Gibb died in 2012.

The 1979 Dodgers finished third in the National League West Division with a record of 79-83.

July 7, 1979: The Bee Gees – from left, Maurice, Robin and Barry Gibb – play Dodger Stadium. Credit: George Rose / Los Angeles Times

July 7, 1979: Fans arrived early to pack Dodger Stadium for a sellout concert by the Bee Gees. Credit: George Rose / Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA.

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