Air Supply takes the stage at the Capitol Theatre on April 19.
CLEARWATER - Multi-platinum recording artist Air Supply will perform in concert in the intimate Capitol Theatre on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met in 1975 in Sydney, Australia, where they became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles, and of course, singing. They would play pizza parlors, coffee bars and night clubs with just one guitar and two voices. They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and for the original songs that Graham constantly wrote.
They made a demo of two songs, Love and Other Bruises and If You Knew Me and took it to every record company in Sydney. Everyone turned it down but one, CBS Records, who admired their unique style. Their first single shot to #1 on the national charts and that same year they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and then throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Returning home, they made an album, Life Support, which included Lost in Love, that went to the Top 10 in Australia and somehow found its way to music industry executive Clive Davis in New York. Clive immediately signed Air Supply to Arista Records and in 1980, Lost in Love became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all of the charts. Their second single, All Out of Love, went to the top of the charts even quicker.
Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply at that time had equaled The Beatles' run of consecutive top five singles. The albums Lost in Love, The One That You Love, Now & Forever and The Greatest Hits sold in excess of 20 million copies. Lost in Love was named Song of the Year in 1980 and, with the other singles, sold more than 10 million copies. The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock's soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell's simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply.
In 1983, they recorded Making Love Out Of Nothing At All by Jim Steinman, which solidified the group as a permanent force in modern music. This song was released on The Greatest Hits album, which soared past seven million copies.
However, it is the live shows that always held audiences captive around the world. They were the first Western group to tour China, Taiwan and countless other countries that before would not allow pop music across their borders. In 1988, Air Supply was asked to participate in Australia's bicentennial celebration and to play for HRH Prince Charles and HRH Princess Diana, where they learned both were already ardent fans. This engagement would be one of the most treasured moments in their career.
In 1989, they recorded The Earth Is album, which sold more than a million copies worldwide. The follow-up CD, The Vanishing Race, with the singles Goodbye and It's Never Too Late, again saw multi-platinum success. The following albums, News from Nowhere, Yours Truly and Across the Concrete Sky all gave their second greatest hits album multi-platinum status as they traveled the world each and every year.
In July 2005, their live DVD, It Was 30 Years Ago Today celebrated 30 years of success around the world. In that same month, Air Supply smashed attendance records when, in Cuba, at one show they played to 175,000 people. Also in 2005, they saw the release of The Singer and The Song, an acoustic album of many of their big hits, which received critical acclaim.
In May 2010, the long-awaited album, Mumbo Jumbo, also the duo's first studio recording in eight years, was released. 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 Graham Russell was honored with a BMI Million-Air Certificate recognizing three million performances of the duo's hit All Out Of Love, Air Supply's new song was the #1 most added track on the FMQB AC40 Chart and also one of the most added on the R&R (Radio and Records) AC Chart as well as the Mediabase AC chart.
The duo continues to play more than 150 shows a year worldwide including stops in England, Ireland, Israel, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Canada, the U.S. and beyond.
Tickets are priced at $89, $69 and $59 and available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office and the Capitol Theatre Box Office, by calling 727-791-7400 and online at www.RuthEckerdHall.com or www.AtTheCap.com.