Barry Gibb has made his first visit back to England since the funeral of his last remaining brother Robin, exactly a year ago. And he's here to pick up one of the music industry's biggest awards, whilst drawing attention to a cause he has described as inspirational.
The 66-year-old who with his brothers Maurice and Robin sold more than 220 million records as the Bee Gees, is to be given the Lifetime Achievement Award at tomorrow's Silver Clef Award ceremony, whose previous winners include include Sir Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and The Who.
The awards are held to raise funds for the charity Nordoff Robbins which provides music therapy for children and adults with learning and physical difficulties. Gibb says he has been involved with the charity for 20 years, ever since he and his brothers were given a Special Achievement Award, but this is the first time he will be given an award in England in his own right.
Having written many songs for the Bee Gees he has also written and produced tracks for the likes of Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross, making him second only to Paul McCartney as the most successful songwriter in history.
Speaking to ITV News, Barry Gibb says music has brought him back from his grief at losing his brothers.
Robin died from cancer last year**, his twin Maurice died in 2002 after complications following stomach surgery. Their youngest brother Andy who was a successful solo singer, had died from a heart condition in 1988. Gibb says "I lost the meaning of everything" after the death of his last brother Robin, but his family had urged him to get back on stage again.
Now he is preparing to tour in Britain later this year, with his son Stephen and Maurice's daughter Samantha.
Barry Gibb, Mythology, The Tour
– Barry Gibb
I feel my brothers are next to me on stage... I feel they are not gone. I can't believe I am the eldest and still here.
Watch more of Nina Nannar's interview with Barry Gibb on the ITV News at 6:30.