This weekend I was off to a completely spur of the moment concert. The king of 1980’s adult contemporary rock, Air Supply! was playing at the Palace Theater in Manchester. Per usual I have a few comments to report out to my readers.
We were able to get tickets “last minute” and there were a few seats left, so obviously the show wasn’t sold out, but it was pretty full. I didn’t think there were this many Air Supply fans in the whole country let alone New Hampshire! The audience was an eclectic bunch, ranging from well into their 80’s down to teenagers. As is the norm in NH, at least a couple folks showed up in their best “concert overalls” and John Deere hats.
The opening act, New Hampshire’s own Paul Warnick, was pretty good. He belted out some competent guitar tunes reminiscent of Springsteen or Bob Seger. Air Supply itself, it was surprisingly good! Despite the fact that both Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock are both in their 60’s, their voices and music skills were still in great shape. This is probably because they haven’t spent the last 40 years hopped up on drugs like most of the other bands from the era. I must say, they really seemed to enjoy performing instead of just giving a half-assed show to make a quick a buck like so many other bands. Also, THANK GOD, they basically stuck to playing their old crowd pleasing hits from the 70’s and 80’s and totally avoided any of their new crap. This is the part I never understood about bands past their prime. The reason why you are past your prime, is because NOBODY LIKES YOUR NEW MUSIC. Why they continue to try to peddle their latest album’s tunes at the expense of what people want to hear is beyond me. It seems Air Supply realizes this and just stuck to what works. Thank you. Also, these guys have done a pretty good job of aging gracefully. I do have to admit, I was half hoping that Russell Hitchcock would show up with his trademark afro from his earlier years… .but I guess he had the good sense to ditch this along with Graham Russell’s white polyester pants.
For the diehard fan, the availability of Air Supply merchandise was pretty spotty. You had your choice of one type of T-shirt and their latest CD and DVD. I have to admit I bought a T-shirt and might work up the courage to wear it around NH. All-in-all.. not a bad show.