Concert Review: Hall and Oates 2015

The lights in the audience go down as the stage lights go up. The instrumentalists walk on stage and the audience applauds.  The crowd then roars as Daryl Hall and John Oates take the stage as the intro to “Maneater” is played by the band.

This was the opening scene of the Daryl Hall and John Oates concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 27, 2015. They were excited to be back in the area they grew up in, with Hall, 68, being from Pottstown, PA, and Oates, 66, being from North Wales, PA, and both being alumni of Temple University in Philadelphia.

The concert was filled with a wide variety of their music, from “Las Vegas Turnaround” and “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” to their hits, including “You Make My Dreams Come True” and “Private Eyes,” and many more.

There was such energy bouncing throughout the Borgata Event Center. The audience was excited and loved the songs, and those on stage sensed these things and fed off this energy. Daryl and John interacted with the audience as much as they did with themselves.

Hall announced that his Palladia show, “Live From Daryl’s House,” has picked up another season, and Oates announced that he is in the process of writing a book.

Hall’s keyboard during the show sounded better than the keyboards used on their recordings. In general, they sounded better live than on their album, which is very rare, especially in an age of auto-tune and digital mastering to make the vocalist sound better.

While Hall was the lead vocalist for most of the songs, John had the lead vocals on some songs, which is always pleasant.  Both of their voices have matured over the years, and they sound stronger and more confident now than their recordings. They have grown as musicians over the years, and it was apparent in this performance.

Though there was not an intermission, they took a few brief (two minutes, maximum) breaks. The lights never went on in the audience, but some people assumed that the show was over when they left the stage, so they left, causing these audience members to miss some of the biggest hits.

Most of the songs that Hall and Oates played were their biggest hits, but they were played with a bit of a twist. They did not sound exactly like they did on the recordings, most likely because they want to keep their music new and exciting members for themselves and for the audience members.  On several of the songs, there are guitar or saxophone solos (or, in some incidents, both).

The use of lights was powerful and effective. It felt like a rock show. At times, the lights went through the audience, and they were very bright, almost blinding. At times, the stage lights would go off in the timing of the song, which added a visual to the songs.

Overall, the concert was absolutely amazing and memorable for all. The entire audience was on their feet by the end of the show, dancing.  The energy was amazing, with the band feeding off of the audience, and vice versa.

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