Air Supply will perform at Salina’s Stiefel Theater in May

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Air inlet / Photo courtesy of Stiefel Theater

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SALINA – Air Supply is coming to the Stiefel Theater in May.

Jane Gates, executive director of Stiefel, announced this morning that Air Supply is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. May 6 at the Stiefel Theater, 151 S. Santa Fe Avenue.

Tickets start at $65 and go on sale at noon Friday. The Stiefel box office is open for walk-in sales from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also purchase tickets on the Stiefel website or by calling the Stiefel at 785-827-1998.

Please check the Stiefel website for the latest COVID-19 policies.

Artist information provided by the Stiefel Theater

Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975, the first day of rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar in Sydney, Australia. They became friends instantly with their shared love of The Beatles and, of course, singing.

After the performances of the shows at 10:30 p.m., they played in pizzerias, cafes and nightclubs with a single guitar and two voices. They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and original songs that Graham was constantly writing. They made a demo on a two-song cassette, Love and other bruises and If you knew me and brought it to every record label in Sydney. Everyone turned it down except one – CBS Records – who admired their unique style.

They made a single in an afternoon and it reached number one on the national charts. Air Supply was born! That same year they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and later in the United States and Canada, playing all the major famous venues before Stewart took the stage. They found new fans, but failed to break into the US market.

Back in Australia, they had to start over and recorded a record called life support. On this disc were some treasures of songs, including lost in love which entered the Top 10 in Australia and found its way to music industry executive Clive Davis in New York.

Davis immediately signed Air Supply to Arista Records and in 1980, lost in love
became the world’s best-selling single, jumping to the top of all charts. Air Supply was now on its way. The second single was All for loveand it shot up the charts even faster.

Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply by that time had tied the Beatles’ consecutive top-five singles streak. The albums lost in love, the one you love, Now and foreverand Greatest Hits sold over 20 million copies. lost in love was named Song of the Year in 1980 and, along with the other singles, sold over 10 million copies.

The characteristic sound of Hitchcock’s soaring tenor voice and Russell’s simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply.

Lost in love, all out of love, the one you love, sweet dreamsand Making love Out of Nothing at All each achieved several million radio plays.

In 1986, the band’s music was still playing endlessly on the radio. That same year, Graham was married to actress Jodi Varble of Rochelle, Illinois, who was also his leading lady in the video for Making love Out of Nothing at All.

Air Supply began touring with lavish productions in places no one had gone before. In South America and Asia, they have become part of everyone’s life. In 1988 Air Supply were invited to take part in Australia’s Bicentenary Celebration and play for HRH Prince Charles and HRH Princess Diana, where they learned the two were already avid fans. This engagement would be one of the most treasured moments of their careers.

In July 2005, their live DVD, It was 30 years ago today
celebrated 30 years of success around the world and that same month Air Supply broke attendance records when in Cuba at a show they performed in front of 175,000 people. 2005 also saw the release of The singer and the songan acoustic album of many of their critically acclaimed hits.

In May 2010, the long-awaited album, Mumbo-Jumbo
– also the duo’s first studio recording in eight years – was released. Recorded at Russell’s home studio near Park City, Utah, and 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 Sean O’Dwyer of Odds On, whose credits include Pink Floyd, Randy Newman and Blink-182. Among the 14 tracks released by Odds On’s label was the lead single, Dance with Mewhich earned Air Supply a major feature article in Billboard Magazine titled “Still Supplying The Hits After 35 Years”.

Just weeks after songwriter and singer Russell received a BMI Million-Air certificate recognizing 3 million performances of the duo’s hit All for loveAir Supply’s new song was the #1 most added track on the FMQB AC40 chart, and also one of the most added on the AC R&R (Radio and Records) chart and the Mediabase AC chart.

In 2013, the duo were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame. Air Supply celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015 and continues to delight audiences around the world.

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