Air Supply Surprises and Michael Bolton Delivers at the Hollywood Bowl

Kevin Taft writes all about the performances of Air Supply and Michael Bolton at the Hollywood Bowl, making for a glorious 80s night.
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It was another glorious ‘80s night at the Hollywood Bowl this past weekend, but instead of the upbeat pop we’ve gotten recently with Boy George and the Village People, things went a bit mellow. But not too mellow.

The musical duo Air Supply, comprised of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, are widely recognized for their powerful ballads and impressive key changes. However, it was surprising to discover that they also have a knack for rocking out, much more than I had previously remembered. During their performance at the Bowl, Hitchcock’s pristine vocals mesmerized the audience while Russell and the rest of the band delivered outstanding guitar and drum solos in between singing some of their most popular hits, including “Every Woman in the World,” “Here I Am,” and “Making Love Out of Nothing At All.”

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While Hitchcock did his best Elton John impression, prancing around in a glittery coat (and later in a sleeveless tee showing off his many tattoos), he worked the crowd throughout the evening, getting them to clap and sing along.

His vocals were the star, sometimes so clear and flawless I wondered if he was lip-syncing. At 74 years old, the guy can still belt their hits the same as he did 40-50 years ago, and that’s more than impressive.

Likewise, bandmate Russell not only shredded throughout the night but at one point did a stupendous percussive bit on his guitar that has to be seen to be believed.

I had planned to attend a relaxing concert featuring some of my favorite childhood songs, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself at a full-blown rock concert that exceeded all my expectations. The performers were truly talented, and if you have the opportunity to see them live, I highly recommend it.

The band closed the evening with their classic “All Out of Love,” which had the audience on their feet and singing along. Truly a special night.

First to hit the stage was the renowned Michael Bolton. He effortlessly performed ten of his most popular songs, including some of his famous covers like “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay.”

One of his backup singers, Chrissi Poland, joined him for a few of his other hits, including the David Foster penned “The Prayer” and “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You.”

Bolton’s presentation was somewhat stoic, but his dry wit between songs kept the audience amused.

The singer wrapped up the night with a lively rendition of “Steel Bars,” a song that had slipped my mind. The audience was thrilled, particularly the female attendees who were still just as smitten with him as they were when he had long hair like theirs. This performance left everyone in high spirits as they headed into intermission.

The Season Finale of the Hollywood Bowl is this weekend with their Fireworks Finale: Maxwell.
More events are upcoming, so visit www.hollywoodbowl.com for more info and tickets. 

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Kevin is a long-time movie buff with a wide variety of tastes and fixations in the film world. He cried the moment Benji appeared onscreen in “Benji,” and it took him about four times to finally watch “The Exorcist” (at age 24) without passing out. “Star Wars: A New Hope” was the movie that changed everything and when his obsession with films and filmmaking began. A screenwriter himself (one long-ago horror script sale to New Line remains on a shelf), his first film "Two Tickets to Paradise" that he co-wrote premiered in June 2022 on Hallmark. He is currently working on another for the iconic brand.

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