After 35 years of making incredible music, 9 Billboard Top 5 hits (Seven top-five singles in a row, which at that time had equaled The Beatles’ run of consecutive top five singles), an endless slew of consecutive Multi-Platinum Albums, songs like “All Out Of Love”, “Lost In Love”, and “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All” (“Making Love Out Of Nothing At All” was released on The Greatest Hits album which soared past 7 million copies alone), helping define a generation, and countless awards and recognitions, it is easy to see why Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell of the iconic group Air Supply, are considered “The Greatest Soft Rock Band Of All Time”! Their music has become synonymous with love and romance, and as Billboard wrote “Air Supply’s unique sounds and melodic harmonies and vocals will always remain timeless”, and the group enjoyed a level of success and record shattering sales that few artists have ever experienced. When they were first signed by the greatest music executive of all time, Clive Davis of Arista Records, in 1980, their first single “Lost in Love” became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all of the charts. The second single was “All Out of Love,” and that went up the charts even quicker. Their albums Lost in Love, The One That You Love, Now & Forever, and The Greatest Hits sold in excess of 20 million copies and”Lost in Love” was named Song of the Year in 1980, and with the other singles sold more than 10 million copies. They were the first Western group to tour China, Taiwan, and countless other countries that before would not allow pop music across their borders. “Lost in Love”, “All Out of Love”, “The One That You Love”, “Sweet Dreams”, and “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All” have each achieved multi-million plays on the radio and in 1988, Air Supply was asked to participate in Australia’s bicentennial celebration and to play for Prince Charles and Princess Diana, where they learned both were already ardent fans which was one of the most treasured moments in their career. Air Supply has always been known as putting on some of the best live shows of any artists in history!
What’s truly amazing, is the level of success that the group is still enjoying and how their music is thriving after all these years! In July 2005, their live DVD, “It Was 30 Years Ago Today” celebrated 30 years of success around the world and in that same month, Air Supply smashed attendance records when, in Cuba, at one show they played to 175,000 people in the middle of Hurricane Dennis. Also 2005 saw the release of “The Singer and the Song”, an acoustic album of many of their big hits which received critical acclaim, and then in May 2010, the long-awaited album, “Mumbo Jumbo” –also the duo’s first studio recording in eight years- was released. Recorded at Graham Russell’s home studio near Park City, Utah and at Odds On’s state of the art facilities in Las Vegas with top session musicians and an orchestra, “Mumbo Jumbo” was produced by Russell and engineered by Odds On’s Sean O’Dwyer, whose credits include Pink Floyd, Randy Newman and Blink-182. Among the 14-tracks, released by Odds On’s label, was the first single “Dance With Me,” which earned Air Supply a prominent feature article in Billboard Magazine titled “Still Supplying The Hits After 35 Years.”. In 2011, the duo continues to play more than 150 shows a year worldwide, including stops in England, Ireland, Israel, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Canada, the U.S. and beyond. and currently, they just finished filming their live Jerusalem, Israel show for a new DVD that will be out later this year. The DVD will feature two new songs, “Sanctuary” and “Everywhere.” “Sanctuary” was released as a single on iTunes in October 2011 and they then performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (Linked here alongside The Roots who were HUGE fans!) in November. It seems like there is no slowing down one of Australia’s greatest music exports!
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the kings of Soft Rock to talk about their iconic career, what it’s like still making great music after all these years, how they went from practically homeless to becoming one of the biggest musical artists of the 80’s and 90’s, how they have managed to stay “Timeless” after so many years, performing on Fallon with The Roots, playing the largest ever attended show in the middle of a hurricane, and their new music and DVD. You can tell how honored and giddy I am (I compare myself to a little girl at one point because I’m kind of in awe as a fan) throughout the whole interview because their sound and songs helped define my youth, so to be able to sit down with Graham and Russell in person was just surreal, plus they were two of the coolest and most humble guys you will ever meet (It was awesome when I asked Russell who made him feel “Starstruck”, and he said Paul McCartney) who appreciate their place in music history, and know how blessed they are to still be able to make great music today (Plus these guys just don’t age at all!)! Enjoy Kade Nation!