TThanks to a rich catalog rich in Billboard hits, including “All Out of Love”, “The One That You Love”, “Lost in Love” and “Even the Nights Are Better”, Air Supply is rightly regarded as the king of romantic hymns.
Since joining forces in 1975, Russell Hitchcock, the one with the rising tenor voice, and Graham Russell, the genius behind the beautifully crafted catchy tunes, have wowed audiences around the world and kept Air Supply in their hearts. fans for almost five decades.
The Australian duo, who have performed over 5,000 dates together, will visit the Birchmere on August 6 as part of their “Lost in Love Experience” tour.
Air Supply was able to do a few live broadcasts earlier this year, but Birchmere’s show is its first in front of a live crowd.
“We’re coming back with a vengeance,” Russell said. “I think people are very anxious to go out and see live music of all kinds again. And U.S. too. We have booked until 2023 so this is just the start of a very busy time for us.
On the show, Air Supply will be playing all of the hits and fan favorites, and with so many, that doesn’t leave much room for anything else.
“We don’t have a lot of slots on our show to experiment with because luckily we’ve had so many hit songs and we have to play them,” Russell said. “People come to us in droves to hear hit songs. And I still like to play them all, they are like children.
Still, there is room for a few surprises, and Russell likes to introduce a new song every night to the set list to turn things up.
While many artists have hit songs, it’s somewhat unique that Air Supply’s tunes continue to be timeless, heard over and over again on the radio, in TV shows, and in movies.
“They really span different generations,” Russell said. “People love to hear them. “All Out of Love” has already been in 20 films. I think the simplicity of the songs was the key to their appeal. We are not trying to convey a particular message except to love everyone. These songs have become a soundtrack for people’s lives.
During the pandemic, Russell continued to do what he does best: write. He was commissioned to write a musical called “Dead Certain” and wrote an album with his other band, Of Eden.
“I wrote fiercely and was busy all the time, actually,” he said. “Plus, it was nice to spend time at home. But I really used the time because I knew it was going to be long, so I really dug and went into the trenches.
He really enjoyed his experience with the musical as it gave him a new challenge and he’s loved the theater ever since he started acting.
“As a seasoned songwriter, someone who’s been writing for decades, this was a great way to do something different,” Russell said. “Normally when I write for the band I have a wide canvas and I can really create whatever I want, but it kept me locked in, which was a bit more difficult, and I liked it. ”
While he enjoyed doing something different, Russell is definitely up for the stage, although he’s not sure he’ll be 100% right off the bat.
“I want to see if I still have the muscle memory to do what I need to do,” he said. “You don’t really think about what you’re doing on stage, it’s just automatic. You spend all of your time with the audience. You can’t think about it, you just have to. Hope I still have it all, but I’ll probably be missing some chords or lyrics, but I think that needs to be understood.
Air Supply tries to come to Birchmere on every tour and it is one of their favorite stops in the United States.
“We hope to see people come out and we want them to know that we are just as happy to be outside as they are,” said Russell. “We want to let people know that it’s okay to go out and enjoy music again. I just try to stay positive and look forward to each Morning.”