Barry Gibb And Olivia Newton-John Performed 'Islands In The Stream' Together — It Was Glorious

Sep 25, 2020 by apost team

Great artists can turn music that we've loved for a long time into something new and amazing. Barry Gibb and Olivia Newton-John proved this during the Sound Relief charity concert in 2009 when they sang Islands In the Stream together.

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The concert was held physically at the Sydney Cricket Ground and simultaneously broadcast at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The video quality offered concert-goers in both locations the chance to enjoy these artists at their peak as individuals and as a duo.

The video features wonderful outdoor shots of a panoramic screen at the back of the stage. The lighting quality is remarkable and all of the musicians on stage are well-presented.

Barry Gibb is a Great Showman

Gibb puts the band into a vamp that allows time for Newton-John to greet the crowd. As Gibb begins the first line, the audience's sound level drops immediately as they prepare for this special treat.

Ownership is Important

It's important to note that Gibb and the Bee Gees wrote this piece for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. He and Newton-John hold to the excellent quality of the piece as performed by Rogers and Parton, but allow space for interpretation and a bit of vamping at the bridge. During this time, they fully engage the crowd as well, bringing in the audience as a player in the bridge before the final statement of the refrain.

Olivia Newton-John: True Partner

While Gibb gives Newton-John the stage early in the piece and during the bridge, she's careful to stay connected to Gibb. This is truly a duet. As she takes the solo line on the second verse with the key change, the energy in the space shifts toward her. However, as Gibb joins in on harmony, her focus returns to him. Their collaboration is remarkable.

Two powerful and famous people singing together can feel awkward if egos get in the way. Luckily, Gibb and Newton-John bring joined energy to this remarkable and well-loved duet, sharing great music for a wonderful cause. Be sure to pass this on to others so they can enjoy it, too! And let us know: What's your favorite version of Islands In the Stream.

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