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Air Supply Rivers Casino

Saturday, January 21, 201 Northshore

As I seemingly went a tad overboard last week gushing about seeing this band, I have to say they met my expectations and then some. This was one hell of a fun show. Maybe because it took place at the casino, there was a ‘Vegas-revue’ style atmosphere to the show right from the start. The band sounded really good and they totally engaged the overly ecstatic crowd, even coming off the stage posing for pictures and giving kisses and hugs DURING the song! It’s no easy feat selling out two 500 seat shows but Air Supply did just that. I suppose after touring for 35 years it shouldn’t come as any surprise.

Wikipedia defines ‘guilty pleasure’ as…wait…take two. Hi everyone, my name is Hugh T. and, ahem, I am an Air Supply fan. As any music blogger knows, his or her tastes define a lot about what they listen to and write about and eventually who follows their online presence. Admittedly, to be able to sustain some sort of ‘indie cred’ could end up being difficult to maintain with a statement I just made. But guess what? I could care less. I have always done what I wanted and saw who I wanted with nobody telling me different. The most incredible facet of music blogging in Pittsburgh is I am my own boss when it comes down to it, and I was way excited to find out that the band was coming to play the casino.

I was a lean (read:skinny), somewhat intelligent (read:nerd) teenager discovering strange feelings for the opposite sex in 1980 and I will forever remember the soundtrack to those times which included bands like Journey, Little River Band, and Air Supply. Yeah, I admit they were somewhat cheesy but did you ever try playing “Lost in Love” on an acoustic guitar to swoon a girl? Believe me, it works! Seriously, give me a couple beers and I’ll slay a roomful of people with my ‘hillbilly>rap>goth metal’ version of “Making Love Out of Nothing At All”. No joke.

The group just released a new digital single Sancuary and are touring with a full band to promote it. It will be fun to see the crowd they get on Saturday as they perform two shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. I am way geeked that the duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock took the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks so much Graham and Russell. Really looking forward to the show. FTC Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on a link, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. The links helps to support this site and will allow me to keep writing about local music.