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October 3, 2013

Air Supply belting out the love songs 38 years later

Night & Day — When I hear the band name “Air Supply,” I automatically think of love songs. 

Apparently, so does lead singer Russell Hitchcock, who told me recently during a phone interview that the word “Love” is in the title of his two favorite numbers. “Lost in Love” is his favorite because, “it changed our careers.” “All Out of Love” is his favorite number to perform on stage.

The name “Air Supply” was created from a dream. Hitchcock said, “We were in Australia performing Jesus Christ Superstar and recording some demos and went through many alternatives. One morning, Graham Russell said he had a dream of a billboard with lights around it and the saying, “Air Supply” and so the name was set.

Last year, Air Supply received an award from Priscilla Presley for music excellence. Hitchcock said, “It was incredible, there’s a G’Day USA that gives three awards out for Australian talents. One honor is for a movie, another for entertainer (ex. Olivia Newton -John) and one goes to sports. The award gave us a little bit of a higher profile; which is great.” Hitchcock has known Presley for 300 years.

In 1988 for the Australian Bicentennial, Who’s Who in Australian talent featured Air Supply. Hitchcock and Russell were able to chat with and enjoyed performing for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at this event.

When I asked Hitchcock if he ever imagined to be singing together with Graham so long, he immediately replied, “Not ever! We figured maybe for four or five years. We have had our career as long as the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith.” Wondering how it feels that people love Air Supply for so many years after they first became famous, Hitchcock responded, “it is a wonderful thing that started years ago, people are still interested in our music four generations in.”

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