Two major selling acts, divided by a 26-year gap in their debut albums, have been on one of the biggest tours of the summer. This double headlining tour featuring Train and Hall and Oates stopped at the Forum in Los Angeles on July 31.
Opening the show was Kandace Springs who's music was quite different than what was to follow but was a great way to kick off this special night.
Grammy-winning and Platinum-selling band Train originally from San Francisco took the stage before Hall and Oates. Although vocalist Patrick Monahan is the sole original member in the group, Train still gave a magical performance. 2018 is a landmark year for Train as the band celebrates the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album. Of Train’s 10 studio albums, there was a song off of nearly every album in their set. Train opened their set with “Drink Up” which appears on their album A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat released earlier last year. This was my first time seeing Train and it had all the hits I was hoping to hear. Train’s set included “Black Dog,” which they recorded on their Led Zeppelin II cover album, “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Play That Song,” and a cover of Tom Petty's’ “Free Fallin.” Train ended with their biggest hit “Drops of Jupiter."
The greatest selling duo of all time, Hall and Oates, closed out the show. Hall and Oates have been around for over four decades and it’s easy to see they’re just as popular as ever especially in Los Angeles. This was my fourth time seeing Hall and Oates, and to me, they’re the type of band to see every time they’re in town. I also had the honor of interviewing Daryl and John separately by phone several years ago. The easiest way to describe a Hall and Oates show is jam-packed with hits.
Most of Hall and Oates’ touring band joined in more recent years while saxophonist/keyboardist Charles DeChant has been a member since 1976. He played the sax solo on hits like “Maneater,” “Say It Isn’t So,” and “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do).” Also, keyboardist Eliot Lewis has been with the duo for 15 years. Before Hall and Oates took the stage, a video intro played showing an animation of 45 singles while playing a snippet of each major single the band had. Hall and Oates played hit after hit with “Out of Touch,” “Sara Smile,” “Kiss on My List” and “Private Eyes.” Joining Hall and Oates for three songs was Train's frontman Patrick Monahan. Together they played their new collaboration “Philly Forget Me Not,” Hall and Oates' hit “Wait for Me” and Train's hit “Calling All Angels.”
Hall and Oates ended the show with a two-song encore of “Rich Girl” and “You Make My Dreams Come True.” The tour concludes on the West Coast in Seattle, WA on Aug. 11 at the Key Arena.