Published Jun 28, 2016It's been more than three decades since Bee Gees' oldest brother, Barry Gibb, released a solo album. But that all changes this fall, as the falsetto-favouring pop beardsman has unveiled plans to drop a new solo effort. Columbia Records will release his In the Now this fall.
While an official ETA has yet to be locked down, Gibb's signing to Columbia was confirmed in a press release.
UPDATE (8/19, 1 p.m. EDT): The album has now secured the release date of October 7.
It's added that despite working on music with his brothers since the late 1950s, In the Now is just the second solo full-length from Barry, who wrote the upcoming album with his sons Stephen and Ashley. It follows 1984's Now Voyager. It's also the first record of new material from the singer since Bee Gees' final studio effort, 2001's This Is Where I Came In.
Though song specifics have yet to be delivered, the 12-track collection was cut in Miami by Gibb and the surrounding backup players from his 2014 tour. Gibb handled co-production duties alongside John Merchant (Lenny Kravitz, Mika).
"This is a dream come true for me. It's a new chapter in my life," Gibb said in a statement, adding of finding a new label home, "I always hoped one day that the Bee Gees would be with Columbia or indeed Sony so, it's a great joy for me to start again this way with such great people."
Gibb appeared at last weekend's Glastonbury festival in the UK, performing covers of Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody" and "Stayin' Alive" with headliners Coldplay. You'll see some fan-shot footage of the performance below.
Following the deaths of his brothers Maurice in 2003 and Robin in 2012, Barry remains the last surviving Bee Gees member.