Barry Gibb has revealed he and his brothers could just as easily have turned to a life of crime, rather than taking the path that ultimately led them to worldwide fame and fortune.
Gibb made the revelation as he unveiled a tribute to the Bee Gees on Thursday afternoon at Redcliffe, the Queensland town where the band was formed.
In the 1950s, the three brothers performed for the first time under the name which became famous worldwide.
At the unveiling of a walkway - Bee Gees Way - and a statue depicting the brothers as boys aged nine to 12, Gibb recalled the simple joys of his childhood when the trio played and went fishing together.
“I think we were crazy, but it was OK to be crazy in those days,” he told the thousands of people who had gathered.
“We caused trouble, we were in Woolworths doing things we shouldn’t have been doing.”
Gibb recalled the old pie cart which sold pea floaters, the local roller drome, the hall where dances were held and the Redcliffe pier where the boys decided their future fates.
“I took Robin and Maurice down to the pier - we’d already been in Woolworths and we had pen knives in our pockets that we hadn’t paid for.
“We made the decision to throw the pen knives off the jetty - they’re out there somewhere - and to make the decision that it was either going to be a life of crime or a life of music.
“I don’t notice a big difference actually,” he chuckled.
The unveiling of the tribute has been timed to coincide with Gibb’s Mythology concert tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Maurice Gibb died in 2003 while his twin, Robin, died last year.
Bee Gees Way runs between Redcliffe Parade and Sutton Street, Redcliffe.
Last month, a piece of Bee Gees’ history went up in smoke when a fire gutted a house where the brothers once lived.