Bee Gee has his own Lighting Technician when
required, bringing the show to life with an amazing display of coloured effects creating that retro image of the 70's
Russ ocasionally performs with a full blown Tribute
Band which tours larger clubs and arenas.
great to play with a full band again now and then," he says, "but when you take into account there are sometimes
at least seven musicians to pay, it puts the show in a whole new price bracket, and let's face it, the way things are,
it's out of reach for some venues. The solo Tribute is inevitably more affordable but that's not to say that I wouldn't
go all out with a band in the future. Never say never !"
He goes on to add, "The problem is, finding other dedicated musicians who look and sound
from an interview with Clint Dennier on 'The Fusion' WCR fm
Why You Should Be Dancing with Russ
Taken from an article in The Wiltshire Times Friday 19th
By Charley Morgan A
ONE-MAN Bee Gees tribute act from Trowbridge will be helping to raise money for a worthy cause when he takes to the stage
later this month.
Russ Matthews, will be playing to audiences with a very special
piece of memorabilia at the Lady In Red Ball in the Civic Hall on Saturday September 27.
The guitar he will use for his act was signed by Bee Gee Robin
Gibb last week and has become his prized possession.
Last Sunday Russ scored an invite to attend a garden party
at his idol's home in Thame, Oxfordshire, through one of his talent agents.
He said: "I was chatting to him (Robin) and he
was very laid back. He was interested in my tribute and I told him I play
the same guitar that his brother Barry uses onstage. I couldn't believe it when he agreed to sign it !"
Russ said that after Mr Gibb signed the guitar a professional
photographer, who had been taking pictures nearby asked if he could buy it from him.
He said: "A chap who was auctioning off Bee Gees memorabelia
told me that the value of the guitar would have increased six fold with the signature. I am going to use
it on stage, but I am going to see how it goes as I don't want the signature to rub off.
But I will be using it at the ball."
Russ, who has been a professional singer since the 1990s has
been impersonating the Bee Gees since going to their last concert in England at Wembley Stadium in 1999.
Despite the fact the Bee Gees were a three piece band, the one
man act makes sure he supplies all the harmonies needed by pre-recording a backing track depending on which brother he is
impersonating on stage.
What People Say
“Professionalism and perfection” two words that quite simply describe your Bee Gees tribute, your attention
to detail in both presentation of the lyrics, backing and artistic presentation was quite remarkable, you must have spent
many hours in producing such a wonderful act. All this coupled with a tremendous lighting display, managed effectively by
your lighting engineer recreated the Bee Gees era exactly. Seldom have I seen a more class act than the show that you created
that evening for our charity ball.
Thank you so much for your assistance also in taking charge of the stage management for the other bands appearing and
your expertise in organising the running order for the whole event. I wish you on behalf of my committee all the very best
for the future.
The Lady in Red - Macmillan Cancer Support Committee