Air Supply — Australians Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock — will play a May 30 date at Parker’s PACE Center to what will likely be a sold-out crowd. (A few tickets remained when we spoke with center director Elaine Mariner last week.) Area audiences have especially responded to musical programs in a variety of styles since the PACE Center opened, she said.
Other sell-outs Mariner listed include The Vienna Boys Choir in November 2011, soon after the venue opened; and the Parker Symphony Orchestra/Parker Chorale Holiday Shows in 2011 and 2012. A New Year’s Eve celebration sold out in October.
In 2012, Celtic Nights, Natalie McMaster, Stunt Dogs, “Fiddler on the Roof,” Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s Drums of the World, the John Denver tribute and “A Christmas Carol” were also sell-outs.
Russell and Hitchcock met when both were in a production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” in Sydney. After the shows, they would perform together in coffee houses and nightclubs, singing Graham Russell’s original songs.
With their smooth harmonies, they eventually landed a recording contract and had a No. 1 single on national charts. Russell writes songs and plays guitar, paired with Hitchcock’s tenor voice.
Their song “Lost in Love” connected them with Clive Davis, a music industry executive who signed them to Arista Records.
“Lost in Love” became the world’s fastest-selling single and they followed it with ”All Out of Love.”
Top-selling albums followed and the pair has toured the world for many years since, sometime with other band mates. Their newest release, “Air Supply Live,” was recorded in Israel and is available at Air Supply shows and online.
In 2011, they were still performing 150 shows a year.