Live music can set the mood on a cruise and overpower the sound of curse words that whales have incorporated into their songs after centuries of hanging out with sailors. Take in less salty tunes with this GrouponLive deal to see Air Supply at Arena Theatre. For $40, you get two tickets for seating in rows R–U on Sunday, January 27, at 8 p.m. (up to an $82.50 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Since the dawn of music, artists have painted heartbreak and desire with palettes of melody, struggling to create the perfect love song. When done right, it strikes a chord that resonates within the hearts of millions. It’s a daunting task, but for British-Australian soft-rock legends Air Supply, writing love songs is as easy as breathing.
In 1975 songwriter Graham Russell and singer Russell Hitchcock met at a rehearsal of Jesus Christ Superstar in Sydney. As the gents bonded over their shared love of singing and of The Beatles, they uncovered the ethereal harmonies that later defined the Air Supply sound. From one guitar and two voices to a full-fledged band, the Russells climbed the ladder of success in Australia, but didn’t jump over to America’s rungs until 1980. Then Arista released their breakthrough album, Lost in Love, and the title track became the fastest-selling single in the globe, gracing the ears of radio listeners like a warm kiss. With Russell Hitchcock’s sugarcoated tenor pouring over Graham Russell’s chiming six string, the band rivaled The Beatles’ run of consecutive top-five singles as smashes such as “Every Woman in the World” and “All Out of Love” made Americans want to hold hands in public again, even if it was against the law.
After 38 years, Air Supply still romances the world and supplies new sonic valentines with albums such as 2010’s Mumbo Jumbo and their latest singles, “Sanctuary” and “Everywhere.” Live, the harmonies continue inducing goose bumps as the band finesses all of the greatest hits from their hearty songbook.
Air Supply – “Lost in Love” (Live in 2012)<p>
At Arena Theatre, nobody sits farther than 60 feet from the show. Most concertgoers who’ve squinted their ways through major concerts at other venues can attest that the in-the-round seating arrangement and revolving stage are causes for celebration. And the stars have noticed. Since the 1970s, the state-of-the-art venue has attracted a long list of legendary performers including Willie Nelson, Tom Jones, and Aretha Franklin. While their golden vocal chords ring through the stellar acoustics, fans sink into comfy seats, savor a flashy light system, and discard their unnecessary opera glasses.