Air Supply to bring two nights of love to the IP

DENISE TRUSCELLOAustralian duo Air Supply will be performing for two nights at the IP.
DENISE TRUSCELLOAustralian duo Air Supply will be performing for two nights at the IP. Denise Truscello

Air Supply has a special connection with the Coast. Though many bands play to packed houses for one-night stands, Air Supply regularly sells out two shows on the Coast, year after year. Air Supply will return to Biloxi on Friday and Saturday for shows at the IP Casino Resort.

"We have a lot of friends who come out and join us, and it's a nice thing for us because very rarely do we get to spend two nights in one place," said Russell Hitchcock, one of the band's founding members, in an interview with the Sun Herald. "We always look forward to coming down."

Decades of hits

Hitchcock met Graham Russell, his partner in Air Supply, in Australia in 1975. The band signed with Arista Records in 1980. Air Supply dropped hit after hit at Arista, including "Lost in Love," "The One That You Love," "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" and "Every Woman in the World."

And now, almost 40 years later, Hitchcock and Russell continue to play to crowds around the world.

"We started recording in '76, and we thought we would have maybe two or three years and a couple of albums," Hitchcock said. "After 'Lost in Love,' it exploded and we worked very hard for it, but it would be nothing without the fans and they keep coming back -- now they're bringing their grandchildren."

Foray into country

Hitchcock stepped out of his role in Air Supply a couple of years ago and released a solo album "Tennessee: The Nashville Sessions," a collection of country songs.

"I love country music," he said. "I loved Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. I had the time to do it and I would fly down to Nashville and record it and then fly back and do shows with Air Supply. It was a great record, in my opinion."

He said he also enjoys the music of the Rolling Stones and Beatles, as well as couple of bands from his native Australia.

"I love AC/DC and the Bee Gees," he said. "I love vinyl, because it just sounds so great, but it's not exactly portable."

It's been six years since they released the album "Mumbo Jumbo." They released two singles Hitchcock said did well on the dance charts.

"What we do now is record a song and kind of go with the flow," he said. "Graham has a million songs so it's not a lack of material that keeps us from doing more recording but we tour so much that we have limited time to make a new album."

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