Air Supply’s romance on May 18
Sunday, May 5 2013
On May 18, the Centre of Excellence promises to be the venue for one of the biggest romantic evenings of timeless classic hits as International Concert Events presents “The Greatest Night of Romance” featuring Grammy Award winning artistes /supergroups — Air Supply/Peter Cetea and Christopher Cross.
Air Supply is one of the Caribbean’s most loved bands. The band has performed at just about everywhere, breaking concert attendance records in 1998 when they took in over 40,000 pop rock fans at The Queen’s Park Oval. Although this is the band’s fourth visit to Trinidad and Tobago in 22 years, they have already performed four times in Jamaica in just over three years between 2009 - 2012. The band also broke records in Cuba where they performed to over 175,000 fans. They have also performed at The St Lucia Jazz Festival, St Kitts Jazz Festival and Antigua and Bermuda music Festival.
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 shows’ performances, they would play pizza parlours, coffee bars and night clubs with just one guitar and two voices. They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and for original songs that Graham was constantly writing. They made a demo on a cassette 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.
They made a single in one afternoon and it shot to number one on the national charts. Air Supply was born! That same year, they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and then throughout the US and Canada playing all of the famous huge venues before Rod would take the stage. They found new fans, but did not break the US market.
Back in Australia they had to start again and made a record called Life Support. On this record were some treasures of songs, including “Lost in Love” which went 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. Now Air Supply was on their way. The second single was “All Out of Love,” and that went up 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 ten 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.
The band recently released its live Jerusalem show for a new DVD featuring two new songs, “Sanctuary” and “Everywhere.” “Sanctuary” was released as a single on iTunes on December 2011.
Tickets for the concert are currently on sale. For more information please call 477- 6323 and 495-8200