Sup­ply and de­mand

All out of love? Fret not, air Sup­ply is back.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By Mal­colM X aBraM

BACK in 1975, two young singers au­di­tioned for a stag­ing of Je­sus Christ Su­per­star in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. The two cho­rus singers and un­der­stud­ies Rus­sell Hitch­cock and Gra­ham Rus­sell shared a name, the birth month of June and a deep love for the Bea­tles and mu­sic.

Hitch­cock, 64, and Rus­sell, 63, be­came fast and last­ing friends. They be­gan work­ing to­gether on songs writ­ten by Rus­sell. They called their band Air Sup­ply and af­ter re­leas­ing four al­bums and find­ing some suc­cess in Aus­tralia, they took the United States by storm in 1980 with a lit­tle lul­laby called Lost In Love.

The gen­tle heart­felt bal­lad peaked at no. 3 on the Bill­board Hot 100 and be­gan a string of hits for singer Hitch­cock and song­writer Rus­sell that in­cluded two more Top 5 hits Ev­ery Woman In The World and All Out Of Love.

The band fol­lowed its de­but with three con­sec­u­tive plat­inum al­bums con­tain­ing hits such as Even The Nights Are Bet­ter, The One That You Love and Mak­ing Love Out Of Noth­ing At All.

For many mu­sic lovers in the US, the band’s hey­day was in the 1980s, but though its com­mer­cial for­tunes waned state­side, Air Sup­ply has con­tin­ued to be a big draw around the globe, par­tic­u­larly in South-East Asia, parts of the Mid­dle East and Latin Amer­ica.

The band has steadily re­leased al­bums, the most re­cent be­ing 2010’s Mumbo Jumbo. The group is also work­ing on a mu­si­cal to be called All Out Of Love based on its ‘1980s hits that will fea­ture some new songs. It’s set to pre­miere in Perth, next year.

Be­tween the ap­prox­i­mately 150 dates the duo per­forms around the globe, Air Sup­ply is work­ing on a new al­bum to be called Desert Sea Sky that will fea­ture some up-tempo dance tracks along­side the band’s clas­sic soft­rock sound.

Re­cently, the band was wel­comed into the Aus­tralian Record­ing In­dus­try of Aus­tralia’s Hall of Fame. From the road, Hitch­cock talked about the band’s sto­ried his­tory, cur­rent suc­cess and fu­ture plans.

some dance tracks – that’s cer­tainly flout­ing ex­pec­ta­tions of an Air Sup­ply al­bum.

Some of the tracks are dance record­ings. The first one is called Desert Sea Sky. It’s very dance ori­ented, which is dif­fer­ent for us, but if you have a good song and great melody, it can lend it­self to any­thing, so we’re very proud of that.

We haven’t com­pleted the record­ings for this al­bum, but there’ll be some­thing on it for every­body, Air Sup­ply fans old and new.

Did you just want to chal­lenge or stretch your­selves mu­si­cally?

The songs come from Gra­ham’s mind and his brain, so ob­vi­ously we haven’t, cer­tainly as far as per­for­mances and record­ings are con­cerned, wanted to rest on our laurels. He’s al­ways look­ing to put some­thing dif­fer­ent in a song and ... we don’t want to be con­sid­ered and don’t con­sider our­selves any­thing but cur­rent.

We usu­ally put a show to­gether at the be­gin­ning of the year and then it’s mod­i­fied as we go. But, ob­vi­ously, we can’t play a show with­out play­ing Lost In Love, Here I Am, Sweet Dreams and Ev­ery Woman In The World be­cause we’d get lynched on our way out. We base the show around the songs peo­ple are fa­mil­iar with, but there are new songs. Gra­ham plays a great solo song and we’ll be play­ing Desert Sea Sky, the dance track.

Great­estHits

Well, a lot of peo­ple who come to see us the first time are sur­prised. There’s a lot of com­ments from peo­ple af­ter­wards, that say I didn’t re­alise that was your song, that was your song and that was your song, that’s the first thing.

Also, we have a rock ‘n’ roll show, it’s not an evening of acous­tic gui­tars and sit­ting around and do­ing noth­ing.

We en­gage the au­di­ence as well as any­body does and it’s loud, which sur­prises a lot of peo­ple.

You can’t please every­body and some­one will say well, that’s too loud or what­ever but we aim to please and we have a great track record. – Akron Bea­con Jour­nal/McClatchyTri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

Un­charted ter­ri­tory: Known for their bal­lads, air Sup­ply has de­cided to in­cor­po­rate some dance mu­sic in their up­com­ing al­bum.

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