Soft-rock kings Air Supply to tour Oz

One of Australia’s biggest ever musical exports, Air Supply, will return home for a national tour in April.

Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell remain one of the most popular touring acts on the global circuit, having played more than 70 concerts in 2018 alone.

The 2019 tour will feature a 20-piece orchestra and their band and kick off at QPAC, Brisbane on April 23 before heading to Melbourne’s The Plenary on April 24, Sydney Opera House on April 26 and Perth’s Astor Theatre on April 28.

Australian band Air Supply will tour Australia in April 2019.

Australian band Air Supply will tour Australia in April 2019.Source:Supplied

The pair have sold more than 20 million albums since launching the band in 1975 when the pair met as musicians on a production of Jesus Christ Superstar and enjoyed eight top 10 hits in America including All Out Of Love, Lost In Love and Every Woman In The World.

They toured in Australia in 2016 to celebrate their 40th anniversary, three years after finally being inducted to the ARIA Hall Of Fame.

That acknowledgment gave the duo rightful recognition for their phenomenal success after decades of being a music industry punchline as the architects of “soft rock”.

“When it comes down to it, we are still and always will be an Australian band and we’re very proud of that. Suddenly people start saying now ‘Yeah right, I know you guys’ and that’s kind of nice,” he said.

Air Supply have sold more than 20 million albums. Picture: Simon Cross

Air Supply have sold more than 20 million albums. Picture: Simon CrossSource:News Corp Australia

Russell said their early years were difficult because their ballad-heavy music was completely out of step with the pub rock bands they would often find themselves opening for in Australia’s rough and tumble beer barns and clubs.

“When we did begin it was very difficult for us because there were we were playing all these ballads, often with these white suits on and opening for bands like Midnight Oil and AC/DC at the Bondi Lifesaver,” he said.

“We would be backstage sometimes worried we were going to get crucified. But we didn’t. “When Russell opened his mouth to sing, people would stop in their tracks.

“Opening for all these great bands really gave us the strength and determination which we wouldn’t have got anywhere else but Australia.”

Tickets for the tour go on sale on December 5.


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