Is an Air Supply musical headed our way?
The duo's Russell Hitchcock tells Billboard.com that longtime partner and chief songwriter Graham Russell -- who he met when both were in an Australian production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" during the early 70s -- is "working with some people in New York... producers and a playwright," about the possibility of turning Air Supply's ouevre into some kind of musical story. "It's the music of Air Supply involved in a story," Hitchcock says. "I haven't read it yet, so I don't know what the whole scoop is, but it's certainly under way."
Hitchcock adds that it's unlikely he'll take a role in the production what it's launched. "We did 'Jesus Christ Superstar' for two and a half years, 12 shows a week," he explains. "I don't know whether I want to do that again, quite frankly. I've got gray hair, and I'm an old guy now . So unless there's a part for the old man by the fire or something..."
While the stage musical is in gestation, Hitchcock and Russell are busy celebrating Air Supply's 35th anniversary, which in addition to touring has involved their first new album in five years, "Mumbo Jumbo," as well as their first charting Adult Contemporary singles -- "Dance With Me" and "Faith in Love" -- in 15 years. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Air Supply's breakthrough hits "Lost in Love" and "All Out of Love."
"It feels just like three or four years, really," Hitchcock says. "You just look at the history we've had, the number of recordings we've released. The latest one is our 25th studio release. That's a lot of work over a lot of years. When you put it all in perspective and look back at all those countries and audiences and people we got to play to, you can say it's been a great career."
Air Supply plans to record a live album next year in Brazil, and Hitchcock says he hopes it won't be another five years before the group releases another set of new material. "It may sound silly, but we've never made any plans, really, long-term," he notes. "The great thing about working with Graham is he writes something every day, so when it comes time to record the next project we'll probably have 40 or 50 songs to pick from. That's always been the greatest thing about his process."