8 p.m. Saturday at the Florida Theater
The show will also be available online at 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, via airsupplyloveletters.com. $30.50 to $217.
When Air Supply takes the stage Saturday night at the Florida Theater, there will be approximately 900 people in the audience, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
But the number of people who actually see the show will be much larger – it’s taped and will be released to fans around the world on Valentine’s Day. Fans who attend (or watch) “Love Letters” will hear “Lost in Love”, “All Out of Love”, “Even the Nights are Better” and the other hits, and the band will read the letters from love that will be sent to them by the fans.
“We’re obviously going to be playing all the hits and a couple of new songs are going to be in the show,” lead singer Russell Hitchcock said on Tuesday. “People will get that and a bit more.”
The band hasn’t performed since March, when the pandemic halted concerts everywhere. This show will be Air Supply’s first in 10 months, and the first of a tour that will take them across the country. They arrived in Jacksonville on Sunday and spent the entire week rehearsing at the Florida Theater.
“It’s kind of weird because we’ve been on the road for so many years, but we forgot some things,” Hitchcock said. “I think it’s the longest period of our career, 46 years.”
Air Supply came out of Australia in the early 1980s, but all band members now live in the United States, Hitchcock said. “I’m so glad everyone was available to stay with us. It was a very warm reunion.”
Hitchcock said he didn’t sing much during the break, so he was concerned about his voice. He’s been working on a few new songs over the past few weeks to get in shape. “It kind of got me back in the swing. I was a little worried because I hadn’t sung a note.”
He said he would be nervous ahead of Saturday’s show, but not because of the virus. “I get stage fright every night, even after all these years, so it will be daunting as always.”
Air Supply has played the Florida Theater a few times, so using the venue to rehearse for the tour made a lot of sense, he said. Staff members remembered and welcomed them when they showed up Monday morning for rehearsals.
“It was convenient for us to be in town a few days early and rehearse,” he said. “The timing was what we needed to knock the rust off and get back on stage.”
The theater has COVID-19 restrictions in place, so in addition to reduced seating, fans will be required to wear face coverings.
Hitchcock laughed at the irony of a band called Air Supply playing to a crowd wearing face masks. “I hadn’t thought of that,” he said. “I’ll have to use it in the show.”