Happy to be ’never cool’
HONEY-VOICED soft rock icons Air Supply launch their Australian tour on the Gold Coast with a show at Jupiters Hotel & Casino on Wednesday. The award-winning duo, composer Graham Russell and vocalist Russell Hitchcock, have sold more than 20 million albums during their long career. Hitchcock (pictured) jokes their professional relationship has ‘‘outlasted four of my marriages’’. ‘‘We thought Love and Other Bruises was a special song and would be a hit,’’ he says. ‘‘And it was. But to imagine a career that is 38 years long this year, to see the number of shows we’ve played, the sales we’ve had – it’s unbelievable.’’ Air Supply will take audiences on a trip down memory lane on their Hits & Memories tour, performing hits from throughout their career including All Out of Love, The Power of Love (You Are My Lady), Lost in Love, Every Woman in the World and Two Less Lonely People in the World. Now based in the US, Russell and Hitchcock first performed together in the 1975 Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which starred Marcia Hines, before they formed Air Supply later that year. Hitchcock and Russell will finally be inducted into the Hall of Fame at this year’s ARIA Awards in Sydney on December 1. ‘‘We were never cool,’’ Hitchcock says. ‘‘We were the uncoolest band in the world.’’
Air Supply play Jupiters Theatre on Wednesday.