Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell, better known as Air Supply, brought the house down on 19 June 2009 at the Max Pavilion, as they delivered an outstanding performance during their ‘From The Heart Tour 2009’. Singapore was their last stop in the Asian leg of the tour. 34 years into their career, lead singer Russell showed that he could still captivate the crowd with his trademark tenor voice. The audience warmed up to the crowd favourite “Goodbye” with cheers and whistles, but it was when the duo sung the crowd-pleasing “The One That You Love” that the crowd really went wild.
The atmosphere was electrifying, as both artists stepped off stage and paced through the excited audience to greet their legion of screaming fans. Graham then invited a few fans to ditch their seats and get up close and personal with the duo on stage as they performed “Lost In Love”. The line-up of evergreen hits also included “All Out of Love”, “Sweet Dreams” and “Every Woman In The World”.
In between numbers, both Russell and Graham were personal and intimate with the audience, sharing about their humble beginnings as unknown artistes when they got together shortly after meeting on the set of “Jesus Christ Superstar” in Sydney, Australia in 1975. They also talked about having to perform at pizza parlours, coffee bars and night clubs with “just one guitar and two voices”. In self-deprecating humility, they quipped, “Our manager couldn’t fire us ‘cos we weren’t getting paid anyway.”
As the night drew to a close, the chants of encore grew louder and louder. The truth is, 34 years on, with 25 albums under their belt, Air Supply more than proved to fans that they still had what it takes to keep the audience pining for more.
|PHOTOS: Daniel Poh