Air Supply, best known for such pop hits as “Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love” and “The One that You Love,” will perform in concert at Tachi Palace on Thursday, February 20.
The duo that would become known as Air Supply – Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock – met on May 12, 1975, the first day of rehearsals for “Jesus Christ Superstar” in Sydney, Australia. They became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing. After the show’s performances, they would play pizza parlors, coffee bars and nightclubs with just one guitar and two voices. They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and for the original songs that Russell was constantly writing.
They made a demo on a cassette and took it to every record company in Sydney. Everyone turned it down but one — CBS Records — which admired their unique style. They made a single in one afternoon and it shot to number one on the national charts. That same year, they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and then throughout the U.S. and Canada playing all of the famous huge venues before Stewart would take the stage. They found new fans, but did not yet break the U.S. market.
Back in Australia, they had to start again and made a record called Life Support. On this record were some treasures, including “Lost in Love,” which went Top 10 in Australia and somehow found its way to music industry executive Clive Davis in New York.
Davis immediately signed Air Supply to Arista Records, and in 1980, “Lost in Love” leaped to the top of the charts. Air Supply was on its way. The second single was “All Out of Love,” and that also moved quickly up the charts.
The duo’s albums, Lost in Love, The One That You Love, Now & Forever, and The Greatest Hits sold in excess of 20 million copies. Air Supply was the first Western group to tour China, Taiwan and countless other countries that had previously not allowed pop music across their borders.
Bingo Hall doors open at 6pm for the 7:30pm show. Tickets are $30, $50 and $70. Visit tachipalace.com for more information.