Paul Lines has always kept himself busy — and the past five years is no exception; a whirlwind of activity, working in Las Vegas with The Australian Bee Gees.  Paul, 44, who hails from Shepparton, has been performing centre stage in the role of "Robin Gibb" with the band that has been resident at The Excalibur Hotel Casino, on the south end of the strip.

So how does a Shepp lad get to be in the limelight for long stints in the company of stars such as Celine Dion (Caesar's Palace), David Copperfield (MGM Grand), John Fogerty (The Venetian)?

From playing pubs and clubs in the Goulburn Valley he moved to Queensland where he got his foot in the door at the Brisbane Treasury Hotel and Casino.  During that time he worked up an act based on the Finn Brothers (aka Split Enz, Crowded House and Finn Bros) which was very successful. It was on the strength of that show that he was "spotted" by members of The Australian Bee Gees.  One thing led to another and he got the gig, initially as a fill in but eventually that led to full time work. And that work has taken him to Vegas for a residency, to Europe and to Egypt to perform for a United Nations Cancer Event.
 

Excalibur Casino Hotel


Just Clik caught up with Paul over lunch at the The Aussie.  He said the band had performed in Canada to a crowd of 5000 which Paul described as "an electric experience". "Performing to those sorts of numbers is an incredible feeling," he said. 

Paul has always had the ability to mimic other voices. He's quite incredible: known to perform in voice ranging from Meatloaf to John Farnham to Tina Turner. Hard to believe but he truly is a chameleon.

One story often told is when Paul was performing at Tamworth's Starmaker competition and he was teased by Dobe Newton, of The Bushwacker Band, after hearing Paul sing "Bat Out of Hell" and "You're the Voice" in the Peel Street Mall.  Dobe, a long time member of the Country Music Committee, wanted more ...  "I said you have the sh*ts with me," Paul quipped. Dobe was puzzled and said "it's great to see anyone who can cater to everyone here listening".  Paul took that sarcastic challenge recalling "I saw a bunch of bikies so I played Meatloaf.  That led to John Farnham."  Dobe conceded, saying in nearly 50 years he'd never heard someone sound so close to two completely different singers. "And have the crowd in the palm of his hand the way you just did!!!"

Aged 18 Paul performed on Hey Hey it's Saturday, in 1989.  He's recorded a couple of CDs — one includes an incredibly moving tribute to Ayrton Senna called "The Day Fate Took over Fear".

It's been a stellar career in music.  He's had a crack at rock, pop, country and for now he's concentrating on "being "Robin". This is no mean feat; talking in a Mancunian accent, wearing a 70s style wig and wearing theatrical teeth before singing a word.

Paul went to school in Mooroopna and then did a signwriting apprenticeship.  Later, Paul worked in Shepparton as a signwriter with John King Signs.  He was excellent at his trade and among the few remaining brush signwriters around. Yet his passion had always been music and his Friday nights and weekends were filled performing in regional pubs and clubs.  To this day he continues to tour when in the Goulburn Valley.  He will play acoustic on the Malibu Deck, Mulwala Water Ski Club tomorrow night (Sunday 17th 5pm-9pm).

Paul and his fellow Bee Gees will be performing in Mooroopna on April 21.  Tickets through Riverlinks.

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