20 November 2012 09:45
Air Supply: Oldie but goodie

In Singapore for the nth time, legendary soft rock duo didn’t disappoint; charming fans with their timeless chart-topping hits that made them famous in the ‘70s and ‘80s

Air Supply: Oldie but goodie
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Text: Joyce J.  Chansingh
Photos: UnUsUaL Entertainment Pte Ltd
Videos: Fiona Lin

It’s one thing to stage a well-received concert, but it’s another to do so year after year with [almost] the same set list of songs, and still have fans clamouring for more.

That’s right, Aussie band Air Supply was back to perform in Singapore – again. Yet, the mood at Marina Bay Sands’ Grand Theatre on Sunday night was so full of life it’s almost baffling to think that this was the same band that has had a yearly concert here since 2008.

After 37 years, lead singer Russell Hitchcock and guitarist-singer-songwriter Graham Russell, with their brilliant harmonies, still manage to make it look so easy belting out hit after hit and rocking the night with enthusiastic fans singing along to their greatest hits.  

"Air Supply, for those of you who don’t know, have been around for several years,” lead singer Russell Hitchcock teased.

The duo wasted no time in getting the night going. Coming out strong with “Even The Nights Are Better”, the duo – Hitchcock, 63 and Russell, 62 did what they do best delivering their classic hits with an all-out rock punch, with the amazing backing of a young and energetic four-piece band – a keyboardist, lead guitarist, drummer, lead and base guitarist in tow.

For about 90 minutes, Air Supply played the crowd’s favourites, including “Every Woman In The World”, “Here I Am”, “Love In Love” and “Goodbye”. Hitchcock also did a beautiful version of “Power of Love”, originally recorded by Air Supply but later made famous by Celine Dion. The band also included one of their newer songs, “Dance With Me” – an upbeat piece that was unexpectedly catchy.

As with all their performances, Hitchcock and Russell made their way into the crowd, with each taking a different aisle, and hung out with their fans, all while singing “The One That You Love”. Of course, excited fans reached out to touch them and some even jumped in abruptly for photos.

If I have a bone to pick with this amazing band, it would be Hitchcock’s lack of dance rhythm as he made funnily awkward sprinting moves across the stage. But of course, what he lacked in talent as a dancer he made up for it in his crystal clear strong vocals throughout the night.

Looking around me, I don’t think anyone gives a hoot about Hitchcock’s unintentionally funny dance moves. For many, watching and listening to Air Supply live in concert was, and will always be, a trip down memory lane.

The show ended with a rousing encore with the all-time favourite –  “All Out Of Love” and the crowd showed their utter appreciation with a standing ovation.

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