If you were wondering where your Mum was last night, chances are she was probably at Hamer Hall, watching one of Australia’s most famous bands.
Orchestrally supported by The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, seventies rockers Air Supply played an epic two hour ode to that most mysterious of emotions, presenting earnest dissertations on love and displaying a dedication to the power ballad that would put Meatloaf to shame.
Air Supply was formed in 1975 by Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock and the band (with various line-ups) has been touring nationally and internationally for over thirty years. During that time they have had a plethora of hits, such as ‘Making Love Out of Nothing at All’ and ‘Every Woman in the World’, all of which they played and all of which were met with rapturous applause and accompaniment by a spontaneous audience wide choir of sopranos.
The wonderful Melbourne Symphony Orchestra added rich instrumentation to the arrangements, already densely orchestrated, creating a lush wall of sound.
Air Supply has a genuine affection for their audiences and the front men Russell and Hitchcock possess onstage energy that would put musicians half their ages to shame. They also have an arsenal of vintage of rock and roll moves at their disposal, the widest of bass stances, guitar acrobatics and scissor kicks were all out in full force.
They also certainly know how to massage their key audience demographic: the ladies. Hearts were a flutter as Russell and Hitchcock worked the crowd, encouraging their frenzied pre-menopausal audience to the front of the stage where reaching hands were clasped, kissed and one lucky lass was serenaded.
But it was their encore of ‘All out of Love’ that really brought the house down. The combined voices of the audience nearly drowned out the band and the orchestra as they belted out the lyrics.
Air Supply presented a tight, well oiled set, enhanced by the presence of an orchestra that sent their classic love songs (as well as their audience) soaring.
with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Venue: the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall
Dates/Times: Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 December at 8pm
Tickets: $80 - $120
Bookings: theartscentre.com.au, 1300 182 183; Ticketmaster on 1300 136 166 or www.mso.com.au