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Air Supply in Uncasville, CT 7/25/07 – A Year In Review

Uncasville, CT: Air Supply Returns to Mohegan Sun’s Cabaret Room. Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Four Air Supply concerts in four days. I had fully intended to stay on track and write my first Air Supply review after the first concert in the Cabaret Room on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, or fortunately, fun creeps in and there isn’t a whole lot of time to sit, reflect and plan out the words to describe the show and events. Now back from Mohegan Sun, I am able to put pen to paper, or fingers to keypad, and churn out what many have been asking me for this past week. But before I write my week’s worth of shows (see next review), let me step back a year.

Last August I began my Air Supply journey at Mohegan Sun. It was the first time I had seen them since I was a teenager and I thought, ‘hey, I love Air Supply and what an opportunity to see them once again!’ So I got my ticket for the show on August 4th (a birthday gift to myself) and was able to sit right up front, a mere 2 feet away from the one and only Russell Hitchcock. I’m not sure I can describe the thrill it was to see Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock! I could not believe that I was actually SINGING with Russell! Well, ok, not actually WITH him, but at the same time, just an arm’s length away. I was overjoyed. I hadn’t expected it to be such a great show and I certainly never expected to be sitting so close to my once favorite band.

Who was more surprised than I when the pair walked off that stage, stepped onto the showroom floor and slowly made their way through the audience, singing, strumming, smiling, posing and bringing life to the possibilities that so many had only dreamt of? I was in awe as Russell stopped at tables, took people’s cameras and handed them to others so that photos could be taken with their owners. I was in shock that so many would stop him and give him hugs and kisses. And, I was determined that as he made his way towards me (well, not really me), as he ran towards the stage to finish the song, I would NOT let him pass by without my very own once-in-a-lifetime hug! The quickest hug in history became the longest hug in memory, and I was completely over the moon.

The show moved on and Graham later mentioned that they would sign autographs, but the way he said it made me question its truth. Could it really be possible that they would stay around and meet the fans? I’d never heard of such a thing. Not one to miss out on this great opportunity, I did hang out in the showroom for about 15 minutes, but didn’t see anything that made me think they would stick around for this meeting. So I left the showroom and made a beeline for the ticket desk to try to get a ticket for the next night’s show. SOLD OUT. Never were two words more depressing in my life.

I drove home, reliving my hug from Russell Hitchcock, calling anyone I could who would care even a small bit about the hug I just got. Thank goodness for unjudging sisters! Upon my return to my house, 2 hours away in Boston, I then got online and found out all that I could about Air Supply because I just had to try to see them again one day.

My dream to see Air Supply again ‘one day’ turned into a year filled with concerts, taking every opportunity I could to see them, traveling to new destinations, meeting other ‘Airheads’, and forging lifelong friendships. For those who would think that traveling from city to city to see a band is a bit crazy, or ‘fanatic’, let me assure you that it’s not just ‘about the band.’ The band is the commonality that brings us together socially. We come to shows, we take photos and we say hi to them during the Meet and Greet. We do this because we are all having a good time, we are enjoying ourselves and we are making new memories. And the last time I checked, Air Supply didn’t have a bad show, so it should not be a surprise that we would want to come and have more fun with them and our friends!

This past year has taken me to 8 states as well as Canada. I have seen places I never thought to visit, I have met people I might never have said hello to, and I have experienced highs and lows all in the name of living life to the fullest. To say that I’ve had the time of my life is an understatement and I hope to continue this journey with friends old and new.

I would have to admit that the highlight of this past year has been my interview with Graham Russell as he was releasing The Future. Many people have asked me how I was able to obtain the interview and the simple truth is that I asked him. I approached Graham and told him I subscribe to the theory “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”. He did of course look at me a little quirky like I was going to ask him to grant some bizarre request, but then I asked him if he would consider allowing me to interview him for The Future. He took about 2 seconds to say he would absolutely do it and I did get that incredible opportunity to interview him in Niagara Falls. Since then, I have told this story to many people and I am amazed that such a simple ‘theory’ could be so powerful in the hands and minds of others. It almost seems to be a mantra people are repeating, and through their own journeys, many others have used these words to support their own courage and search for strength.

Air Supply has given us great gifts in life through their music, and today they share a little piece of themselves every time we come to a show. The one thing that Air Supply does, and does well, is to make each Air Supply experience as personal as it can be. It really is all about ‘you.’ Air Supply sings of love, life and promise. They come out to the audience, just to be with you. And in the end, if you are lucky, you get the opportunity to actually meet them at a Meet & Greet, designed especially for you. Air Supply connects with the audience but what they are really doing is making that personal connection with you. It is no wonder that those who go to Air Supply shows leave wanting more, and make every effort to get back to another one.

My Air Supply journey has been one worth writing about. Some say I should write a book and to that I laugh and say they can read it all in the blogs I write! Russell, Graham, Jed, Jonni and Mike have been supportive and respectful and I have to say thank you. Each show brings me new challenges and creatively it’s not always easy to write something new. I try to share my experiences with others by writing good reviews, taking new photographs, and posting quality video clips whenever I can. Some days I want to just sit back and enjoy the show, and then I think, ‘oh, I need to remember to put that in my review!’

In each of my reviews, I always make sure to thank Russell, Graham, Jed, Jonni, Mike, Sparky, Brett, Moe, Nate and Mark. They are the reason we continue to come to shows and they are the reason we tell our friends, colleagues and anyone who will listen, why they should pull out a credit card and come to a concert. We all know they are going to have a great time, and they never disappoint us.

Through the good and bad, highs and lows, this past year has been fabulous and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. No regrets and no missed opportunities. Here’s to more shows, more good times, and making new friends. And oh yeah…get to a show!!!

Cheers!