Daryl Hall & John Oates are set for a series of Canadian and East Coast shows this fall. The duo kicks off the Autumnal run on September 18th in Rama, Ontario at the Casino Rama Entertainment Centre and wraps things up on October 5th, with a homecoming show for their Philly fans at Upper Darby, Pennsylvania's Tower Theatre.
After 40 years on the road, we asked Daryl Hall how he and John Oates keep the shows fresh year after year: "You find different ways of doing it because within the song, there's so much -- I mean most people's songs -- but in our songs, there's so much room for improvisation. We just play around with songs and change them up all the time. Most of our band members have been with us for at least, I don't know, 15 years, 20 years, even longer. And so we have a telepathic relationship."
With a thriving solo career and happy family life, John Oates admitted that he's far happier with the state of his career now, than during Hall & Oates' peak years during the 1980's: "The most difficult thing to deal with that accompanies success is a demand on your time. So during the '80s, we never stopped. It was writing, recording, making videos, touring. And it was an endless cycle for five or six years straight, and it was like a blur. I mean, I can't honestly say that that I enjoyed those huge pop star years -- as much as I enjoyed some of the other years where maybe we weren't quite so popular. They were just a blur and a constant cycle of work, basically. I was kind of to step out of it and step aside."
Daryl Hall & John Oates tour dates (subject to change):
September 18 - Rama, ON - Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
September 19 - Windsor, ON - Caesars Windsor "The Colosseum"
September 21 - Canton, MA - Life Is Good Festival at Prowse Farm
September 23 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
September 25 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Hall
September 30 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center
October 2 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
October 4 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa / Event Center
October 5 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
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