The two surviving brothers of the Bee Gees are preparing to perform together again, six years after the death of their brother and third Bee Gee, Maurice Gibb, according to media reports.

Robin Gibb told BBC Radio that he had just been with his older brother Barry in Miami and they were ready to perform together again, planning a series of live dates.

"The two of us are getting back together again as we speak," Gibb told BBC Radio's Test Match Special cricket program.

He said he and Barry had "got through the breakwater of emotions" following their sibling's 2003 death.

Maurice Gibb died suddenly in 2003, aged 53, from complications following an operation to correct a twisted intestine. At the time his brothers said they would no longer perform as the Bee Gees after 45 years together.

Robin Gibb said his twin Maurice, who played multiple instruments on their records, had been "not just a brother but a comrade in arms really."

"It's an emotional thing when you lose someone that close," he said.

A fourth brother, Andy, who was also a singer but not part of the group, died in 1988 at the age of 30 from a heart complaint.

The two surviving brothers, who were born in Britain but moved to Australia with their family when they were children, have only sung together a few times at charity events since Maurice's death.

The Bee Gees were one of the biggest acts of the 1970s, winning nine Grammy awards as well as a list of other awards.

The band's hits included "Night Fever," "Tragedy," "How Deep is Your Love" and "You Win Again."