Proving they still got the goods, Daryl Hall and John Oates recently jammed through a satisfyingly smooth set of radio hits for a packed Capital One Arena.
Once a month, Parklife DC brings you a new wave party at Dodge City. But on Thursday, March 8, we’re throwing our regular format out the window for a night of music dedicated to Daryl Hall and John Oates! Come out to listen to Hall & Oates all evening!
Daryl Hall and John Oates broke through in the early ’70s with undeniably catchy songs of blue-eyed soul, and went on to create 18 studio albums, selling more than 40 million records. Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith formed Tears for Fears in the early ’80s, creating alternative synthpop, which also produced #1 hits (they had two while Hall and Oates had six, if we are keeping count).
The Americans and the Englishmen were both very popular in the mid-1980s, as their songs climbed the charts and their videos were in heavy rotation on MTV. Now, the two bands are touring together, and they perform at the Verizon Center in DC on Monday, June 26.
Because their kiss is on your list, Daryl Hall and John Oates sold out the Warner Theatre again Wednesday night!
The talented gentlemen from Philadelphia brought along a six-man band to play 14 time-honored tunes from their catalog, including “Kiss on My List,” from 1980’s Voices. By the time they hit that number in their second encore, much of the audience in the orchestra had spilled into the aisles and lined up around the stage to dance the rest of the night away. It’s become expected that people will simply dance, regardless of where they are seated, at a Hall & Oates concert, and the folks at the Warner were pretty cool about letting the audience do its own thing.
Hall & Oates did their own thing as well, crooning through a well-received collection of ‘70s and ‘80s songs that everyone in the house loved. When I say they played these songs, I should instead say they emoted them! They jammed the night away. So when you hear they played 14 songs, they made a very respectable 90 minute set out of those 14 songs.
I was excited right away as Hall & Oates and their band walked to the opening notes of “Maneater,” the classic from 1982’s H20. They followed that up with a personal favorite song of mine, “Out of Touch” from my favorite album by the duo — 1984’s Big Bam Boom. Their blue eyed-soul was awash in the rising tide of new wave by 1984, and the blending of styles brought out some remarkably catchy creativity to my welcoming ears.
Daryl Hall and John Oates, the dynamic duo who kept breaking records since their first album in 1972, return to DC to perform at the Warner Theatre on Wednesday, April 29.
I last caught Hall and Oates, as they are colloquially known, at the Warner on Oct. 2, 2013, in a damn fine show. The gents and their band raised blue-eyed soul to a whole new level that night, as they ran through about 14 songs in their catalog with a heavy focus on their material from the 1970s.
In that show about a year and a half ago, Hall and Oates performed “She’s Gone” from platinum album “Abandoned Luncheonette” with so much power and passion that it literally brought the entire audience to its feet. The entire house literally responded with a standing ovation to the ever-popular and equally passionate “Sara Smile.”
The duo made me happy as well when they hit some of their tunes from the 80s, including “Private Eyes” and “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do).” Their six-man band rose to the occasion, particularly sax player Charles DeChant, who has been performing with the guys for many years (and who proves to be a draw himself).
Dig Charles DeChant’s sax solo in the video for “Maneater” below:
Tickets are available online and at the box office. Based on my last time seeing Hall and Oates, you absolutely shouldn’t miss this show. Soul and reggae singer Mutlu, who hails from Philadelphia like our heroes, opens the show.