Posted On 02 Aug 2018
On Tuesday (July 31st), the packed Los Angeles venue, the Forum turned into a time machine for the night as the iconic duo Hall & Oates transported everyone in attendance back in time. For roughly 2 hours, they played mostly a selection of their biggest hits from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s. Minus the thick mustaches, big hair and 80’s fashion, the two delighted the sold-out crowd and kept people on their feet dancing all night long.
Hall & Oates are joined on this summer tour by the pop rock band, Train. It began on May 1st in Sacramento, California and will wrap up on August 11th in Seattle, Washington. (Get Tickets Here)
After first announcing that Hall & Oates would be going on tour with Train, Daryl Hall explained, “This is going to be a tour filled with fun as well as great music. I love Train and have a close relationship with [Train front-man] Pat Monahan, going back to our Live From Daryl’s House show together.” Monahan appeared on the TV show back in 2010. “Looking forward to an amazing tour with our buddies from Train and seeing all our fans around the country in 2018,” added John Oates.
“I’ve known Daryl Hall & John Oates for a few years now, and after being their fan my entire life, we now get to tour with them and spend time with legends in the world of music,” Monahan said of the tour. “This will be a career highlight for all of us in Train and a show that you won’t want to miss.”
Hall & Oates have sold an estimated 40 million records, making them the best selling music duo of all time. In total, they had 34 chart hits on the US Billboard Hot 100, seven RIAA platinum albums, and six RIAA gold albums. In 2003, Hall and Oates were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. They have released 18 full-length albums including their first in 1972 called “Whole Oats” and their most recent one, “Home For Christmas” out in 2006.
It’s hard to believe that it has been more than 40 years since Hall & Oates’ first of many hits was released to the world. At the start of the show, Hall explained that “they were going to explore all eras” throughout their set. Indeed the songs they performed were from several different Hall & Oates albums. Some of the songs heard throughout the night were “Say It Isn’t So,” the Righteous Brothers cover “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “She’s Gone,” “Sara Smile,” “I Can’t Go For That,” “Kiss On My List,” “Private Eyes” and many others. Behind the band, colorful digital interchanging backgrounds changed to fit the song that was being played at the time.
From the very first song in their set, “Maneater” to the very last, “You Make My Dreams,” the crowd made up of all ages, was absolutely eating up every moment of this throwback concert. In fact, the only time that a new song was heard was during the Hall & Oates and Train collaboration, “Philly Forget Me Not” (which was released just before the tour began in March). Train front-man Monahan remained on stage also for a performance of Train’s 2003 single “Calling All Angels.”
In between songs, the duo shared a little about the formation of the songs and how they got to be on that particular album. Towards the beginning of the set, Hall mentioned that he remembers the last time they were at the venue but sitting in the audience which felt like a long time ago.
It’s clear that being 71 and 70 respectively isn’t slowing Daryl Hall and John Oates down one bit. Their nostalgic tunes and high energy on stage delighted all concert goers and made for a fantastic Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
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