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“I dreamed, still I never thought I’d come this far…but miracles come true…I know ‘cause here we are…”
The phenomenal, power duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, collectively known as Air Supply has enjoyed an incredible journey so far. Celebrating their 42nd year in the music industry, the Australian soft rock band has become a staple of love ballads.
Racking up consecutive hits during the early 80s, their light pop rock tracks were hard to miss. “Lost in Love”, “All Out of Love” and “The One That You Love” are some of the songs that initially placed them on the map. Since then it has been nothing but a soaring flight for the stars that comes with multi-platinum albums, BMI Awards, US hit singles and a Hall of Fame induction by the Australian Recording Industry Association.
Four decades and still together, Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell’s friendship is one for keeps. Performing between 150 and 200 live shows in a year, their partnership has been nothing but a smooth sailing. And the duo has no plans of slowing down. They are currently touring around the world, selling out Air Supply tickets in England, Israel, Ireland, Korea, Philippines, Japan, US and Canada. Air Supply concert tickets for their 2018 trek are also in huge demand as the fans are looking forward to get their Hearts in Motion.
Air Supply – Early Years
Andrew Lloyd Webber along with Tim Rice was conducting the maiden rehearsals of their 1975 musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Starring Hitchcock and Russell in pivotal roles, the two hit off instantly, sharing love for all things music and of course, The Beatles.
They would hangout after the performances and together converted Graham’s songs into music compositions. As a harmony group, Russell and Graham landed gigs in Melbourne’s pizza parlors and quickly gained a solid reputation. When the successful run of “Jesus Christ Superstar” ended, the two friends embarked on another journey together.
Recording a two-song demo, they took “If You Knew Me” and “Love and Other Bruises” to various recording labels – everyone rejected them. Finally, CBS Records took notice, signed them and Air Supply was born.
The song “Love and Other Bruises” broke through the Australian charts and it earned them an opening spot on Rod Stewart’s Australian tour. Sure, Air Supply was building on a following at home but they were unable to enter the US market. Three lukewarm releases followed their debut album, after which Russell and Graham decided to up their game.
Air Supply – Breakthrough & Notable Albums
Air Supply entered the 80s with a bang. “Lost in Love” hit the shelves in March 1980 and created waves not just in Australia but across the continent in the US. Entering the international charts, it peaked at number 22 on the Billboard and sold more than three million units.
The title track along with “Every Woman in the World” and “All Out of Love” reached the top 5. The listeners were hooked to the soaring tenor vocals of Hitchcock and the majestic, ingenious lyrics by Russell. At a time when men were dominating all walks of life and career-oriented women were finding it difficult to find recognition, the wording of “Every Woman in the World” inspired many. The song gave many women hope.
“The One That You Love” was released in 1981 and till now, its Air Supply’s most successful album. Landing at number 10 on the Billboard 200, the album produced three top 5 songs. With the title song topping the charts, both “Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)” and “Sweet Dreams” clinched the fifth position. The wrenching lyrics, swooping orchestration and pop-driven ballads, all hit home with the fans and Air Supply became the biggest sensation.
Romantic ballads like “Even the Nights Are Better” and “Just As I Am” were among the most requested songs on radio. The albums after 1982’s “Now and Forever” however started taking a dip, especially in sales. After a struggle of three more years, Air Supply disbanded in 1988.
In 1991, Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock once again joined forces and released “The Earth Is ...” as their comeback album, which featured a supporting world tour that sold hundreds of Air Supply concert tickets.
Air Supply started venturing into more adult contemporary music and expanded their fanbase. They also embarked on successful treks like Always World Tour and From The Heart Tour.
Air Supply Concert Tickets
In 2016, Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock celebrated their 40th anniversary with a tour that continues even today with select shows. Treating the fans to their radio gems and arena staples, Air Supply never disappoints as a live act.
Hitchcock’s voice can still make ladies fall in love with him as he croons the ballads “Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)” and “Making Love Out of Nothing at All”. Besides performing their hit numbers, Air Supply is also bringing freshness into the concerts by singing some new, unheard tunes.
The unspoken onstage chemistry of Russell and Hitchcock is what that makes their concerts epic. Their effortless communication is a shout out to their four decades of friendship. Russell’s reedier vocals compliment Hitchcock’s multi-range tenor, and their harmonies are in perfect sync.
Ending the shows with the poignant All Out of Love, Air Supply literally make the fans weep when they request, “Please, when you leave here, take a small piece of us with you”. Their concerts are not to be missed. Check the schedule to see when they come to your town next.