Air Supply does it for charity

BY BRIAN BONITTO
Associate Editor —
Auto & Entertainment

Monday, June 26, 2017

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AUSTRALIAN soft rock band Air Supply brought out throngs of fans to the Lily Pond Lawn at Couples Sans Souci resort in St Ann on Saturday evening.

The outdoor concert, dubbed An Evening with Air Supply, was organised by the Issa Trust Foundation. It raised funds for the paediatric ward of St Ann's Bay Hospital.

Guitarist Graham Russell and vocalist Russell Hitchcock had patrons singing along during their 75-minute set.

“Air Supply did a marvellous job. They've always been popular in Jamaica. They're really a hit, and the audience was really into them. Their songs are kinda love anthems of the 1980s and 90s and they still sound fresh today. I even saw young people singing every word,” Paul Issa, chairman of the Issa Trust Foundation, told the Jamaica Observer.

Air Supply, who emerged in the 1970s, sang all their major hits including Making Love Out Of Nothing At All, Just As I Am, Even The Nights Are Better, and Here I Am. The band also performed We Are Here, with students of Free Hill Primary School from St Mary.

“They (Air Supply) wrote We Are Here for the Foundation, and it was the first time they were performing it. That was a very nice touch,” said Issa. “Air Supply came on board as Goodwill ambassadors two years ago. They're just down-to-earth guys.”

The inaugural occasion also saw performances from Tessanne Chin and Djani.

“Tessanne was good. They all put on a great show,” said Issa.

In-between sets there were presentations of works from the Issa Trust Foundation.

The chairman said, while the final figures are not yet in, he thinks they surpassed their $15-million target.

“I'm now thinking that the concert should be a yearly event. Hopefully, going forward, it will,” he said. “Jamaicans are generally kind people; if you give them an opportunity to support a worthy cause with great entertainment, they will support it.”

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