In a sold-out performance, the unique sound of Air Supply rocks the Wheeling Island showroom stage for one live concert on Friday, April 24 at 9pm.
Air Supply made their mark in music history as the soft rock duo that had a succession of hits worldwide through the late 1970s and early 1980s.
In 1975, an instant friendship formed between Graham Russell & Russell Hitchcock 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 writing constantly. CBS Records admired their unique style and shortly after their first single shot to number one on the National charts. Air Supply was born!
That same year, they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and then throughout the US and Canada playing all the famous huge venues before Rod would take the stage. They found new fans, but did not break the US market.
Back in Australia they had to start again and made a record called ‘Life Support’. On this record were some treasures of songs, including ‘Lost in Love’ which went top 10 in Australia and somehow found its way to Clive Davis in New York.
Clive immediately signed Air Supply to Arista Records and in 1980, ‘Lost in Love’ became the fastest selling single in the world and leaped to the top of the all the charts. 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 Beatle’s 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 over 10 million copies.
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.
In 2000 a new production company was founded to be devoted to all of Air Supply’s future product, called A Nice Pear, which gave them complete creative control. In July 2005, their live DVD, ‘It Was 30 Years Ago Today’ celebrates 30 years of success around the world.
Wheeling Island will continue their exciting lineup of live performances with the National Asian American Awareness Month kick-off event, Asian Nights 1 on May 3, the return of Herman’s Hermits Featuring Peter Noone on May 7, Dave Mason CORE® Benefit Concert on May 16 and Creedence Clearwater Revisited on May 22.
Coming this summer, Wheeling Island will host an Outdoor Concert Series at the Wheeling Island stadium featuring 2 mega shows. Country music artist and 2-time Grammy winner Dwight Yoakam will perform live on Friday, June 12 and the “Can’t Stop Rockin’ 2009 Tour” featuring legendary Styx, REO Speedwagon and special guests 38 Special will perform live on Sunday, July 5. Wheeling Island Outdoor Concert Series tickets go on sale Saturday, April 25 at www.TicketMaster.com, www.wheelingisland.com and by phone 800-745-3000.
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack offers 43 table games, 20-table poker room, over 2,000 slot machines, 151-room luxury hotel, the #1 Greyhound Track in the USA (based on purses paid), six restaurants, 1,000-seat showroom, meeting and banquet services and gift shop.
Wheeling Island won 7 first place “Best of Gaming” Awards by Casino Player Magazine’s July 2008 readers poll including Best Reel Slots, Best Video Poker, Best Service, Best Cash Back and Best Promotions.
Wheeling Island welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors through its doors annually. Visitors enjoy the fast paced action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For information on Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, call 877-WIN-HERE (877-946-4373), for hotel reservations call 877-WHEELING (877-943-3546) or log on to www.wheelingisland.com.
About Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
Wheeling Island Gaming, Inc. owns and operates Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, a premier gaming and entertainment complex located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is the largest operation of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, Inc.
About The Gaming Hospitality Group
Delaware North Companies Gaming Hospitality Group was created through a vision that hospitality, service, and gaming are intricately linked to the overall guest experience. The Gaming Hospitality Group brings more than 100 years of combined expertise in all facets of hospitality management including hotel, resort and spa management, gaming and racing hospitality and management, restaurant and retail property development and ancillary services associated with the opening and successful operation of a hospitality facility, be it a hotel, destination resort, private club or regional destination.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Banknorth Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 50,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com


Kimberly Florence
Director of Marketing
Email: kflorence@dncinc.com
Phone: 304-231-1839
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