Here at NEO Music Scene, we hope our readers have the ability to keep their minds open…musically, at least. We don’t care who you plan on voting for in this upcoming make-it-or-break-it-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it presidential election, but we hope that you’re here because we take an objective look at the notes, melodies and harmonies that make our lives, well, more harmonious.
Just last week we braved the ear-shredding 5,000 decibel photo pit at the Anthrax and Slayer concert. Saturday night we partook in a little stroll through the early ’80s soft rock universe with the Australian band Air Supply. And to be honest, they rocked just as hard as the front row of the crowd-surfing group at Anthrax.
NEO Music Scene has covered about a hundred shows at the Hard Rock Rocksino. Perhaps with a slightly-raised eyebrow, we saw the most energetic crowd we’ve ever seen at Saturday’s Air Supply show. In years past, we’ve talked with concertgoers at shows such as this; I was told at a recent Michael Bolton show (by more than a few men) that they had been dragged by their wives to see Mr. Bolton flex his preternaturally-awesome tonsils. Based on their expressions (as in “Please, kill me now“) they didn’t want to be there. In defense of Michael Bolton, that dude’s got one hell of a singing voice and NEO Music Scene would attend his show with as much of a spring in our step as we would an ELO reunion tour.
Anyway, the Aussie duo took the stage and put on a short, if not spectacular, show for the on-its-feet, sold-out crowd. Sharing vocal duties, Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell still have fantastic voices. As many of the ’70s and ’80s vocalists have gotten, ahem, more mature some of their voices have shown the years of abuse through constant singing, straining to hit the high notes and damage done by assorted vices from their youth. Some of them (and I’m sure you’ve all seen a show and thought the same thing) should permanently hang up their microphones before the fanbase starts turning on them, their outlandish ticket prices, and mediocre, who’s-killing-the-chicken-with-a-calliope performances.
Not these two.
Their vocal abilities haven’t wavered and they sound just as good now as they did during Reagan’s first term.
Hits such as “Even the Nights Are Better,” “Every Woman in the World,” “Lost in Love” and “Here I Am” peppered the setlist. The duo encored with “All Out of Love” and left the entire audience wanting for more.
Coming in at a little under ninety minutes, the energy generated from the show could have powered a small town for at least that time.