Air Supply in Demand at Thunder Valley
Wow. What the hell happened out at Thunder Valley Casino Resort Friday night?
It seems soft rock group Air Supply, playing to a packed house of lovesick fans, actually came out and rocked the house.
I know. I still don’t believe it, but it’s all true! It was bedlam, I tell you.
Here I Am thinking Sweet Dreams. What are the Chances I would find myself in a Sanctuary where Me Like You can feel The Power of Love – Everywhere, only to have a real rock concert break out. Seriously!?
Air Supply started out innocently enough with “Even the Nights are Better,” and then segueing into “Every Woman in the World.”
OK so far, but as veteran performers Russell Hitchcock (lead singer) and Graham Russell (lead guitar) weaved their hits through the guise of soft rock, I should have noticed the younger band members standing at the ready. That should have been my first clue.
The newest members to the band could have been playing for Papa Roach the way they were attacking their instruments, running and jumping around the stage. This should have been my second clue.
Jonni Lightfoot (bass guitar), CJ Burton (drums), Amir Efrat (keyboards) and Aaron McLain (guitar), all kicked out some serious tunes.
As the band made their way through their repertoire, the crowd started to react more and more with every hit played, but that all changed when Russell went acoustic with their new song, “Everywhere.” Just prior to the song, Russell requested that some audience members crowd down on the floor in front of him, having them sit on the floor.
While everyone was gathering around Russell, he explained how he enjoys sitting on his balcony at home and looking off into the mountains. He pointed to the spotlight, saying it represents the sun going down, and you all are the mountains.
“This song is about how love is all around us, and it’s called “‘Everywhere,’” he said.
Now I know you’re asking yourself, how is this not soft rock? Well, it is, but it’s really rocking in a Tesla/Eric Clapton unplugged kind of way.
But really the trick here is how Air Supply corralled a large portion of the audience to the very front of the stage and between the aisles. As soon as Russell was done with “Everywhere,” the band struck up “The One that You Love,” and Hitchcock headed out into the sea of madness, followed by Russell on guitar, neither of them missing a beat. That’s when they begin working the crowd into a complete frenzy.
Hitchcock was handing out hugs and kisses as he made his way up one aisle and down another. Women were grabbing at him as his crew fought to keep them at bay. Once they made their way back onstage, it was too late for the audience. They were under Air Supply’s spell, swaying to the music, with the periodic fan jumping up to grab Russell as he came close to the edge of the stage.
For their encore they played “Me Like You” and “All Out of Love.” It was quite obvious the crowd was not ready to leave, and there could only have been a handful of people who left before the end of the show.
I hate to say it, but Air Supply is a master of entertainment. There, I said it.
I like Air Supply.
Even the Nights are Better
Every Woman in the World
Here I Am
Power of Love
The One That You Love
Lost in Love
Dance with Me
Making Love Out of Nothing at All
Me Like You
All Out of Love