Thirty years ago, when Air Supply exploded onto the music charts with their first Top Ten single “Lost In Love,” pop radio lit up with the soft, heartfelt harmonies offered by the duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock. It became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all the charts and kicking off a string of hits like “All Out of Love,” “The One That You Love” “Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You),” “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All.” Just as there’s always room for dessert, the type of sweet-n-satisfying songs Air Supply churned out over the years hit the spot quite nicely for legions of fans, and still do to this day.
On Feb. 26 at 8 p.m., Air Supply takes the stage at the Emerald Queen Casino I-5 Showroom. Fans can rest assured that Russell and Hitchcock will present their best loved songs, and maybe even some new material from Air Supply’s newly released CD “Mumbo Jumbo.” This 14-track concept CD, complete with its own back story, is a bit of a departure from what fans are most familiar with, but it’s being well received by critics and fans alike. Music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes on the website CDUniverse.com, “While none of the songs approach the skyscraping hooks of their soft rock classics, this isn’t the sound of a band resting on its laurels; if anything, this is one the group’s most adventurous records, which may also be why it’s one of Air Supply’s best.”
The combination of Russell’s considerable songwriting abilities and Hitchcock’s clear and pure tenor voice smooth and shiny as chrome seem to make the magic almost effortless. This is one reason why soft rock and adult contemporary stations continue to keep Air Supply tunes in rotation to the delight of those who enjoy belting it out in the car. Not bad for two guys who met way back in 1975 and are still creating together in the new millennium – “Yours Truly” in 2001 and Across the Concrete Sky in 2003.
In 2005 Air Supply released their first live DVD “It Was 30 Years Ago Today,” celebrating three decades of success around the world – a success confirmed when the group smashed all former attendance records when they played to 175,000 people in Cuba. That same year saw the release of “The Singer and the Song,” an acoustic album of many of their big hits that received critical acclaim.
In 2008, Air Supply was named as the number 83 best musical act of all time in the Billboard Hot 100’s 50-year anniversary edition. This was based purely on their performance on the charts. They appeared on the Dec. 19, 2008, edition of the popular TV show “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” and they also have been seen endorsing via an infomercial Time–Life’s Classic Soft-Rock Collection as seen on late-night television.
Tickets to Air Supply’s EQC show are $20-$50 (plus tax). Order online at www.emeraldqueen.com or call 1 (888) 831-7655. Must be 21 and over.