Emerging from the fertile Philly music scene of the early '70s, Daryl Hall and John Oates released their debut album “Whole Oats” in 1972. Combining elements of rock, soul, and pop the duo rapidly rose to international prominence on the strength of numerous hit singles, many of which have become classics. Ultimately earning their place as the most successful duo in rock and roll history they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Nearly five decades later Daryl Hall and John Oates continue to thrive
On Friday October 1, 2021, Daryl Hall and John Oates graced the stage of the historic Hollywood Bowl performing the finale of their 2021 concert tour. A sold-out crowd of multi-generational fans was treated to an electrifying opening set by legendary English band Squeeze. Anchored by original members Glenn Tilbrook (lead vocals/ guitar), and Chris Difford (vocals and guitar) the band seamlessly navigated through a memorable set that included their classics, "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)", "Annie Get Your Gun", “Tempted", "If I Didn't Love You,” and "Is That Love”. Their final song of the night was an extended version of “Black Coffee in Bed”, in which Tillbrook took the liberty of singing a thank you to Daryl Hall and John Oates, their crew, and management for a fantastic tour!”
Following a brief intermission, the lights went down and the sold-out crowd rose to their feet. A visual tribute highlighting the career of Daryl Hall and John Oates was projected on the backdrop as the band came on stage. For the next 90-minutes fans were treated to a memorable set featuring the 80s hits "Private Eyes", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)", "Maneater", "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling", "Kiss On My List", and "Out of Touch". Delving deep into their catalog they performed the 70s classics, "Sara Smile", "Rich Girl". and "She's Gone”, closing out the night with fan favorite, "You Make My Dreams". They were given a well-deserved standing ovation as they took their final bow of the night.
“I never get tired of playing our songs,” says Hall. “Every time we play them they're different. I sing them a little bit differently, I'm a very spontaneous singer. I put little things in to amuse myself and inspire myself. Its soul music. It comes from the emotion of the moment It comes from what I'm thinking about at the time or not thinking about. You know all these things. So it's definitely not anything that's a routine.”
“When I'm on stage I feel more at home there than anywhere else in the world. and I think it shows,” adds Hall. “We have a good problem in that we have more songs that people expect to hear and want to hear than we have time to play,” adds Hall. “So we have to pick and choose and substitute and things like that during our show.”