24 Jun 2008

‘Never Get Enough of…’ the Air Supply

Credits:Ivy's Pan

A string of romantic love songs filled up the air of the Magellan Grand Ballroom Sutera Harbour, last night during the Air Supply concert. And what thrilled me is the crowds who packed the venue (which can accommodate up to 2000 people). Never have I imagined it’s going to be that full. With the recent fuel price hike, the grouses on price increase, the advice by some ministers to change lifestyle and spending wisely, the thought of buying ticket (priced from RM 123 – RM 280) is totally out of the question to many people, but not to those in the ballroom.

Looks like no one is coming

...but then

And these signs were just everywhere...ahaks!. Since I’m a law-abiding citizen I have to abide by the rules.

The show started off just before 8.30 pm with the duo, backed by a keyboardist, a drummer and a bassist, belting out Sweet Dreams. When Russel Hitchcock sang his part, the crowds roared.

Some audience who were caught recording the show were stopped by the alert security personnel. They used flashlight and point it at the person who is recording. But towards the end when things got out of control those personnel gave up…hehe!

After Sweet Dreams the show continued with a string of their timeless hits namely Even The Nights Are Better, Just As I Am, A Little Bit To Everything (not too familiar with this one though) and my lagu wajib in karaoke *LOL*….Here I Am. They did all these songs from one to another continuously without communicating with the audience. Yet the audience constantly applauded, roared or sang along (no need instructions like…”tepuklah” or “mana tepukan!?”). Graham Russell (the tall guy) started talking to the audience only after the fifth song. The crowds were very appreciative and responsive yet something is missing…which is….errm…the hysterical screaming of teenage girls..) (yang hadir tu kan set-set mature ladies yang segan-segan mau scream…hehe). This must have surprised the duo and prompt Graham to say “it’s ok to make noise!” only to be responded by a male voice screaming in the front row *LOL*.

After the brief ‘opening speech’ the show continued with another karaoke wajib song…Chances *grin* (Hitchcock sang it in lower than the original key though) and followed by the crowds’ favourite Goodbye. Huh, only an hour had passed by, did they bid farewell yet? Some audience were heard asking around while checking at the time. Not yet lah! Next, their keyboardist showed off his excellent skill (I makan hati tengok) and followed by one unfamiliar tune by the duo something called Faith In Love (how come I never heard of this one?). The crowds roared again and sang along once The Power of Love was belted out.

Hitchcock and the boys took a break leaving Graham alone to entertain the audience. He sang a new song called Me and The River (or was it The River and Me? Whatever)….”I wrote this song while I was sitting by the river in South America” he told the audience and the audience clapped (what an amazing audience that night, responding every single word from the soft spoken Graham…they all must be English educated..*grin*). He self-played a guitar while singing this song.

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Hitchcock and the boys got back to the stage and I Want To Give It All filled up the air (according to Graham, the song flashback their memory singing without audience in a pub during their humble beginning in Australia). This was followed by Two Less lonely People, Without You and The One That You Love. Convinced that it’s safe to mingle with the crowds, they stepped down from the stage while singing The One That You Love). Hitchcock the short one was totally out of sight…dwarfed by the frenzy crowds. Lost In Love and Every Woman In The World were next on the list of their repertoire. For the record Mr Hitchcock didn’t even utter a word to the audience since the beginning of the show. But that was explained later by Graham that Hitchcock was indeed not feeling well. It was like saving his voice from talking too much. He only talked before doing Making Love Out Of Nothing All, a.k.a the second last song (again in low key). One can tell that he’s not well when he speaks but not when he’s singing…brilliant! Once finished all of them left the stage as if the show was over and the crowds chanted "we want more! we want more!".

They responded to the encore, and what a great way to wrap up the show by singing the song that took them to international stardom….All Out Of Love. They thank the audience and…The End!

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A five-star performance indeed, I regretted it that much for sitting at ‘kelas kambing’ (didn’t expect that the stage was so distance away) I was hoping the hall won’t be that packed and thought of curi-curi moving to the front seat at one point, unfortunately all seats were taken! All those early commotion caused by some dumb audience who simply took your seats are forgiven (the usherers are even dumber). While enjoying so much of their repertoire, I was a bit surprised to have never heard of two of the songs they performed. They didn’t include some other hits either like I Can Wait Forever, Now and Forever, Tonite, Come What May and Never Get Enough of You (this one I dedicate to the duo…;)