On 14th March 2020 I made the trip across the capital, with friends from Edinburgh, Swansea and Portsmouth, as well as London, for my yearly pilgrimage to see Tragedy. Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond are best described as an over-the-top bombast of Disco, Metal, Glitter and Magic.
In a normal year, this would have been a regular gig review and would have been posted in March – but it isn’t. This is 2020 and things aren’t normal. So, since the gig was over 9 months ago and I still haven’t submitted a review, I decided to do something a little different.
The annual trip to see Tragedy is something my friends and I have been doing for a few years. The person who introduced me to them has been seeing them annually since 2009. Most years they tour the UK twice – once for the standard club circuit gigs and again for the festivals (a regular feature of Glastonbudget). Instead this year, they flew home the day after the London gig and have yet to return to decimate our lands again.
What keeps us going back year after year to see what is essentially a covers band, you might ask? There are a few things. One, they play EPIC versions of classic songs with masterful integration of classic metal riffs – so I know all the words – they are entertaining, they are something a little different and, most of all, they put on a proper show. By proper show, I mean thought has gone into the set list; the introductions to each song are funny, and the act between songs is just as entertaining as the music; they do a little investigation into the town in which they are playing and – most importantly – they rock sweet balls and can do no wrong!.
For information purposes, Tragedy are made up of Disco Mountain Man (lead vocals, lead keyboards), Mo’Royce Peterson (lead vocals, lead guitar), Andy Gibbous Waning (lead bass, lead vocals), Garry Bibb (lead guitar, lead vocals), The Lord Gibbeth (lead drums) and Lance (towel boy, complete idiot). They also have previous members, Barry Glibb – who left in 2015, taking with him his epic moustache, and can be found on their early albums – as well as Robin Gibbens, who left in 2012.
If you are still interested in what the Bee Gees (and others) would have sounded like as a metal band, you have two choices. You can wait until we can all go to gigs again, or you can check them out on YouTube. And if that’s not enough you can buy their albums and their latest video release, Bang Out of Order – Live From the Black Country.
Last UK tour promo: