Plenty of love remains for the duo Air Supply
October 18, 2012
STATELINE, Nev. – Air Supply is blowing into town, and the duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock provide a cool breeze.
The duo continues to play more than 150 shows a year worldwide, including stops in England, Ireland, Israel, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Canada and the U.S. where it performs Saturday, Oct. 20, in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe’s South Shore Room.
It has a DVD from a concert in Jerusalem, Israel, featuring two new songs, “Sanctuary” and “Everywhere.” “Sanctuary.”
In May 2010, the long-awaited album, “Mumbo Jumbo” – the duo’s first studio recording in eight years- – was released. Recorded at Russell’s home studio near Park City, Utah and at Odds On’s state of the art facilities in Las Vegas with top session musicians and an orchestra, “Mumbo Jumbo” was produced by Russell and engineered by Odds On’s Sean O’Dwyer, whose credits include Pink Floyd, Randy Newman and Blink-182. Among the 14-tracks, released by Odds On’s label, was the first single “Dance With Me,” which earned Air Supply a prominent feature article in Billboard Magazine titled “Still Supplying The Hits After 35 Years.”
Just weeks after composer and vocalist Russell was honored with a BMI Million-Air
Like in Wisconsin where the term “cheesehead” is used with pride, so it is with the “Airheads” who continue to sell out arenas.
“Our fans are legion and severe,” Russell told Lake Tahoe Action in 2010. “If we play a brand-new song one evening, it’s on Facebook or MySpace an hour after we get offstage. And they all know it the next time we play.”
As has been its bent for more than four decades, Air Supply will play a mix of its classic hits along with new ones at Saturday’s concert at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
“I never get tired of playing “Lost in Love” or “All Out of Love,” Russell said. “We’ve had so many hit songs and it’s great to play them, and it’s great people like it when you do play them.”
“Mumbo Jumbo” is a concept album with 14 songs, he said.
“It’s a story about a young man who wants to go out in the world and discover life for himself, and he comes across different people that don’t understand what he means when he said he wants to find the meaning of things. They don’t understand what he means and they say, ‘That’s all mumbo jumbo.’ ”
Russell and Hitchcock met when they were paired as apostles in a 1975 Australian musical production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
“We just became great friends straight away,” Russell said. “It was almost predestined that we work together.”
Although Russell was from Britain and Hitchcock Australia, they have much in common. They share the same name, were born in the same month and both loved The Beatles.