Air Supply brings hits to South Shore Music Circus in Cohsset

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R. Scott Reedy

Russell Hitchcock – lead singer of the soft-rock hitmakers Air Supply – isn’t shy about assuring local audiences that they’ll hear the hits if they go either to the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset on July 25 or to the Cape. Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis. August 8.

“We play as many of our hits as possible,” explained Hitchcock, who formed the band with singer-songwriter and guitarist Graham Russell, over the phone from his home in Los Angeles recently. “Graham never stops writing, though, so we always have a new song or two in the middle of the show. And the new music is really fantastic.

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It will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Air Supply, which debuted in 1975, shortly after Russell and Hitchcock met on day one of rehearsals for the Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical. “Jesus Christ Superstar.

Air Supply will perform on August 8 at the Cape Cod Melody Tent.

The couple quickly became friends and, after the performances of the show, performed in pizzerias, cafes and nightclubs, where they made a reputation for their harmonies and for the original songs of Graham.

After being turned down by many labels, they signed with CBS Records and soon after officially became Air Supply. Their self-titled debut album was released in December 1976. At that time, the band became the opening act for Rod Stewart in Australia and North America.

“Lost in Love” and other hits

Air Supply broke into the United States in 1980 when producer Clive Davis released his single “Lost in Love” on Arista Records. It became the world’s best-selling single, topping the charts in many countries.

“This song changed our lives,” Hitchcock recalls. “I still remember driving down Sunset Boulevard in a convertible Mustang when I heard it on the radio. It was a great feeling. To this day, I’m jazzed up every time I hear one of our songs.

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Russell’s “Lost in Love” was the first of eight Top 10 American Music Awards winners. Touring the world for decades, with charts like “All Out of Love”, “Every Woman in the World”, “Here I Am”, “Even the Nights Are Better”, “Two Less Lonely People” in the World “and” Making Love Out of Nothing “, Australian Hitchcock and Englishman Russell have a catalog that many bands envy – and a work ethic that many should aspire to.

“Glad to be back on stage”

In 2019, Air Supply had given more than 5,000 live concerts.

“We’ve only been able to do five shows since March 2020, but we’re back now. I’m not thrilled with planes, VIP airport lounges and hotels, but I’m very happy to be back on stage.

“We’ve had a lot of success in the recording studio, sure, but we’re definitely a live band,” says Hitchcock. “We have to be in front of an audience.

And while the hits keep fans coming back – these days often bringing their children and grandchildren – Hitchcock says his continued respect for Russell, who made his home in Park City, Utah, is a big part of what makes him pushes to board these planes for even more concert destinations.

“We always got along. We have never argued and we are careful not to step on each other’s toes. We both also have a British sense of humor, ”says Russell. “At first we thought we would get there maybe five years, but we love what we’re doing so we’re happy to be doing it again.

“As I don’t write music or play instruments, I’ve always considered myself to be the lead vocalist in Graham’s band,” says the singer, whose haunting tenor voice is unmistakably his own. “And that’s more than good for me. I’ll sing whatever Graham writes. Lyrically and melodically, these are the songs that I love.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO

What: An evening with fresh air

When: 8 p.m. Sunday July 25

Or: Cirque Musical Rive-Sud, 130, rue Sohier, Cohasset

Tickets: $ 51.50 – $ 77.50

Info: 800-514-3849, themusiccircus.org

When: 8 p.m. Sunday 8 August

Or: Cape Cod Melody Tent, 41 West Main Street, Hyannis

Tickets: $ 51.50 – $ 77.50

Info: 800-514-3849, melodytent.org

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