Endicott, NY: Defying Mother Nature, Air Supply Rocks It for Rain Soaked Fans at Dick's Sporting Goods (PGA) Open at the En-Joie Golf Course
Friday the 13th. Many consider this a date destined to be filled with bad luck. Air Supply was determined to make sure this superstitious day was not one that fans would associate with their performance!
Dark storm clouds loomed overhead throughout the day, threatening postponement or cancellation of the golf tournament and worse yet, the outdoor concert! After the last golf trio tapped in at the 18th hole, Air Supply was given the go ahead to run its sound check, a mere hour before showtime. Mike Zerbe began to beat the drums as if it were an invitation to the storm rolling in. Within minutes, Sparky, Moe, Brett, Nate, Mark and the local crew were hard at work covering equipment with tarps, hoping to beat the rainstorm that was about to begin.
As people ran for cover under tents, inside bathrooms and wherever they could find someplace to not get wet, announcements were made that the show would go on after the storm passed. We all got wet, but at least we knew we'd still have a show! The skies opened up and a torrential downpour ensued. Thirty minutes later the storm was over and as the throngs of patrons came out from their shelter, the beauty of a double rainbow arced across the sky as if to tell us that Mother Nature was just playing with us and this was our reward. Our pot of gold would come in the form of Russell Hitchcock, Graham Russell, Jed Moss, Jonni Lightfoot and Mike Zerbe!
Not a cloud in the sky, the sun was again shining, the air was crisp, smelling of cut grass and dirt, and that freshness after a cleansing rainstorm permeated throughout. Air Supply and the crews needed an hour to clean up the stage before the show could begin, and right on schedule they began with Even The Nights Are Better.
Sticking with the same set list we have heard at recent Air Supply concerts, next came Just As I Am and A Little Bit Of Everything. Graham commented on the beauty of the evening and how great it all smelled and thanked us for coming to the show even after the rain.
Here I Am and Chances were followed by Jed Moss playing Gershwin as the intro to Faith In Love. I previously heard Jed perform this Gershwin number in Las Vegas in May, but this performance exceeded even that one!
Normally, Russell and Graham head out into the audience for The One That You Love. It looked like they were going to try but it wasn't very possible, so instead we had a rare treat in seeing them perform the whole song on stage. I did get a clip of this and will post it soon.
I'll admit to being a little confused here, but my brain is telling me that the next song Air Supply sang was actually Every Woman In The World instead of Lost In Love. I'm going to have to get clarification on this and will correct the post if necessary. I guess I was too caught up in the moment!
As Air Supply continued to play, the clouds that had rolled in once again unleashed their lighthearted fury on us, and it began to rain. . . hard! As Russell sang Making Love Out Of Nothing At All, people once again ran for cover. We squished up as close to the stage as we could, hoping to avoid some of the rain. Unfortunately, the water falling over the top of the stage came pouring down on us. But we still clicked away on our cameras, trying to wipe away the water drops from camera lenses, eyeglasses, hair and faces! It didn't really help and we were pretty soaked to the bone.
Air Supply continued to play, also getting wet, and I never saw the end of that song come more quickly and they all darted offstage seeking shelter behind the stage equipment. But the fans wanted more! We all chanted, “One More Song! One More Song! One More Song!" We didn't think we'd get it, but the rain quickly let up and Air Supply ran back on stage! The fans were drenched and shivering, and we didn't care! We were having a great time and we wanted more!
The band closed with All Out Of Love, and I'll beg forgiveness for the quality of the video clip which has raindrops on it and shakes a little back and forth. It was cold out there in the rain, because once again as they started to sing, it continued to rain! Air Supply finished and took their bows, heading quickly off stage.
We had hoped for a Meet & Greet, but, understandably, there was none. Catching one band member before he darted away, I told him how great I thought the show was! He commented that he thought it was terrible that we had to stand in the rain. I assured him it was one of the best concerts I had been to and that from the fans’ perspective, we thought it was awesome!
What an experience! I was so looking forward to seeing Air Supply in this, my first, outdoor venue. There were true Airheads who came out to see Air Supply, and for a mere $25! It was a great night and if I could use just one word to sum up the entire performance, I would say “Magnificent!"
Thank you to Graham, Russell, Jed, Jonni, Mike, Sparky, Brett, Moe, Nate and Mark who all performed under some of the worst conditions. They made the best evening they could for us and no one will ever forget this Friday the 13th!
New video clips and links will be posted on YouTube over the next few days. Be sure to take a look at these new clips as this outdoor Air Supply concert presented the opportunity for some great footage!
Betsy Hijazi attends Air Supply concerts and writes reviews and posts video clips on her blog at http://www.AirSupplyBlog.com http://www.MySpace.com/ASFanBetsy and http://www.YouTube.com/ASFanForLife