The Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation featured Air Supply in its inaugural season at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center on Jan. 25.
The Australian soft rock duo, consisting of Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell, played popular classics such as “All Out of Love” which got the crowd buzzing. The set list included a mix of upbeat crowd-pleasers that brought the audience to its feet and also slower ballads that had everyone singing along.
The highlight of the show was when Hitchcock and Russell walked off the stage into the seated crowd. Fans did not waste time and quickly surrounded the two to snap photos with their favorite artists while the duo continued their song, oblivious to the frenzy surrounding them.
Other touring members included Jonni Lightfoot on bass guitar and vocals; Aaron McClain on lead guitar and vocals; Amir Efrat on piano and keyboards; and Aviv Cohen on drums.
Air Supply is currently on tour but is done with the Southern California portion of the tour. The most recent album released was “Mumbo Jumbo” in 2010.
The concert season is presented by the Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation to raise funds to support arts in the schools and maintain a state-of-the-art facility. The goal of the foundation is to create an endowment of $10 million that will result in an additional $50,000 or more per year available for the Performing Arts Center and the district arts programs.
Air Supply has had a succession of hits worldwide, including eight top 10 hits in the United States in the early 1980s. They formed in Australia in 1975 and have included various accompanying musicians and singers. They have sold more than 100 million albums.
Other artists scheduled to perform in the four-part concert season at the Arcadia Performance Arts Center include America on Feb. 22 at 8 p.m., Susan Egan on March 1 at 8 p.m. and The Temptations on June 7 at 8 p.m.
Tickets for future shows are available online by visiting www.Arcadiapaf.org. The theatre is at 188 Campus Drive at N. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia.
For information, call (626) 821-1781. Tickets are priced at $49.50 and $59.50 for premium.