The Bee Gees were hugely popular when Todd Sharman was a teenager, but the Canadian singer said he wasn't a fan until he started performing their songs.
"When I grew up, there was a little bit of a stigma with disco and rock," Sharman said. "You either like rock or you like disco. ... At that time I listened to rock."
Sharman said he gravitated more toward Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin than the Bee Gees when he was younger. But that changed after he joined the Bee Gees tribute band Stayin' Alive about 12 years ago. He said after he started listening to their songs, he realized how great their harmony and songwriting were.
Sharman said Stayin' Alive really re-creates the whole Bee Gees experience, adding that they sound "pretty darn close to what the Bee Gees did." They will perform Aug. 7-9 at the Arts Center for Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island.
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Sharman plays the part of Robin Gibb while Anthony Mattina plays Barry Gibb and Joseph Janisse plays Maurice Gibb. Playing backup are Gino Del Sole on guitar, Ed Mortenson on drums and Chris Mullin on bass.
The group travels all over the U.S. and Canada, performing tunes such as "Night Fever," "Jive Talkin'" and, of course, "Stayin' Alive."
Sharman said his favorite Bee Gees tune depends on the evening. He enjoys performing "Grease" and "Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)." But the group gets the most applause from "Night Fever" and "Tragedy."
Sharman said the audience has a great time at their shows.
"They'll get up and dance and probably have the best time they've had in a long time," he said. "It kind of takes you back, and people kind of attach these songs to different memories, I mean if they're old enough anyway. They kind of reminisce a little bit. And if that's not the case, they just like to get up and have some fun, and dance and sing, and kind of let loose a little bit."
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