Gold Entertainment and Paradise Coast Sports Complex present Air Supply in an outdoor concert at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex Stadium in Naples on Saturday, March 26. “We are excited to work with the new management team (The Sports Facilities Company) to bring this major concert to Naples and SW Florida,” remarks Jay Goldberg, president of Gold Entertainment. The concert will be presented in the new sports stadium.
“The set-up for this concert will be amazing, with reserved seating for everyone, a major concert stage, sound & lighting and large video screens on each side of the stage for everyone’s enjoyment. I can’t imagine a better setting for an outdoor concert under the stars,” adds Goldberg.
Graham Russell & Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975, the first day of rehearsals for “Jesus Christ Superstar” in Sydney, Australia; they became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing. They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and for original songs that Graham was constantly writing. They made a demo on a cassette of two songs, “Love and Other Bruises” and “If You Knew Me” and took it to every record company in Sydney. Everyone turned it down but one — CBS Records — who admired their unique style.
Clive Davis signed Air Supply to Arista Records and in 1980, “Lost in Love” became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all of the charts. Now Air Supply was on their way. The second single was “All Out of Love,” and that went up the charts even quicker.
Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply at that time had equaled The Beatles’ run of consecutive top five singles. The albums Lost in Love, The One That You Love, Now & Forever, and The Greatest Hits sold in excess of 20 million copies. “Lost in Love” was named Song of the Year in 1980, and, with the other singles, sold more than 10 million copies.
The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock’s soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell’s simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply. However, it is the live shows that always hold audiences captive around the world. They were the first Western group to tour China, Taiwan, and countless other countries that before would not allow pop music across their borders. In 1983 they recorded “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All” by Jim Steinman which solidified the group as a permanent force in modern music. This song was released on The Greatest Hits album which soared past 7 million copies.
“Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love,” “The One That You Love,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All” have each achieved multi-million plays on the radio.
All seats for this outdoor concert are reserved, and tickets went on sale Friday, Dec. 17 at 9 a.m. Ticket prices begin at $49. Various seating locations and prices are available. All ages are welcome. Tickets will be on sale online at www.playparadisecoast.com, www.goldentertainment.us or call TicketSearch at 888-483-8762.
Doors open at 5 p.m., and show time is 7 p.m. Food and drinks will be available from the newly upgraded concessions.
VIP viewing Skyboxes and sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, call Jeff Walters at (239) 252-4382 or email JWalters@sportsfacilities.com.
The Paradise Coast Sports Complex is located at 3940 City Gate Blvd S, Naples.