Air Supply work their audience

Last updated 09:30 05/12/2013

Relevant offers

Gig reviews

Green Day kicks off weekend of punk rock with a high-energy performance in Auckland Matthias Balzat star of Cellophonics performance Comedy Festival review: Two Hearts will make you laugh so hard your mascara will run Jeremy Elwood & Michele A'Court: How to do a festival Review: Pink Floyd Experience is just like the real thing, man! Comedy Festival review: Alice Brine could teach Amy Schumer a thing or two about telling it how it is I survived Soundwave 2010, Fyre Festival was a walk in the park by comparison Fyre Festival: Inside the nightmare $17k festival that went to pieces Review: Blondie and Cyndi Lauper pair up and don't slow down Radio silence: UK rock band Radiohead battles audio failure at Coachella

Air Supply

St James Theatre, Wellington

Wednesday, December 4

Reviewed by Colin Morris

Considering that Australia is so close I'm surprised that Air Supply have never played the Capital before, and given the rapturous applause it would come as no surprise to see them here again in the near future.

Of course, over the years, thanks to a combination of MOR radio stations and the constant re-issues of their greatest hits, I had them pegged for a soft-rock combo along the line of America and Seals and Croft, but what we got was one of the loudest concerts of the year which delighted the three-quarter full venue.

Make no mistake, they know how to work an audience thanks to 150 gigs a year, and if you think about it, with date-line changes and in-between travelling they are probably on the road about 200 days of the year, a punishing schedule for any artists and these guys are in their sixties!

After a short set by local singer Ainslie Allen, whom I feel we will hear more from, that featured a nice cover of Sting's Fields of Gold she revealed herself to be quite capable of belting out songs not without a nod to Janis Joplin and Maria Muldaur.

Air Supply hit the stage running, Even The Nights Are Better instantly had the audience yelling and whooping, Russell Hitchcock the perennial stage hopping pixie worked us like a puppet master whilst Graham Russell, resplendent in a long black coat, reminiscent of a gunslinger, with gold guitar and purple satin shirt was never, as he has been painted, the one in the background.

As much as I enjoy audience participation, the fawning the group received seemed undignified and overblown, even embarrassing at times. A ten minute hold up due to sound problems didn't  dampen the raucous behaviour.

Still, for a couple of aging rockers, they put everything into it. The backing band with their hard rock approach deserved the adulation as well, lifting every hit to a new level.

All Out Of Love, Every Woman In The World and Two Less Lonely People In The World sounding fresh, proving that mixing love ballads with rock is fool proof.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post


Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content