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Air Supply is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year…

Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, Who Met in a Sydney Production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” in 1975 and Were Inducted Into the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Hall of Fame in 2013, Have Charted Hits in Four Decades

Shortly after Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met the first day of rehearsal as chorus members in a Sydney, Australia production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” in May 1975, they realized that they had many things in common including having seen The Beatles perform in concert in 1964. When they first performed at local clubs on nights after “Jesus Christ Superstar” had ended, they could never have imagined that their musical partnership would last four times as long as that of their idols.

Forty years later, the duo – which attained worldwide fame as pop/rock duo Air Supply ( with hit after hit in the early to mid-’80s – celebrates their special anniversary the only way they’ve ever embraced any year: looking forward to another whirlwind slate of international appearances with one of pop music’s most enduring powerhouse touring bands. {…}

Russell and Hitchcock got their first taste of the road after the release of their second Australian album The Whole Thing’s Started (1977), when Rod Stewart invited them to open for him on his tour of Australia, the U.S. and Canada. It seems as if they’ve been on the road ever since.

“From the beginning, we were touring in places that nobody had been to, because our songs were enjoying success there,” says Russell. “We were the one of the first bands to travel to Asia, and we performed in countries including China, Taiwan, South Korea and Vietnam. Our sound was immediately embraced by our fans in the region. When we first went to Japan, we played The Budokan, an indoor arena originally built for the Judo competition in the 1964 Olympics.” {…}

“Putting a unique past and present perspective on the live experience and what it means to the fans and the band,” Hitchcock adds, “Once we signed with Arista, we didn’t have a lot of time to take it all in, because we were on the road nine or 10 months a year on a tour bus, and also doing as much promotion as we could, including Radio, in store appearances and numerous television shows. Johnny Carson, Solid Gold, Midnight Special and many more. There wasn’t really time to stop and smell the roses…

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