Daryl Hall and John Oates Bring the Hits Along With A Harvest Moon
The biggest selling duo of our time is back on the road! Daryl Hall and John Oates have been making music for over 50 years. They brought their great band and their gazillion hits to the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Monday night. A rain-free event, the lawn was open and Tampa fans took advantage of it.
Opening with their high energy megahit “Maneater”, which believe it or not was originally written as a reggae tune! Next came songs from the “Big Bam Boom” era of 1984 and heavily rotated MTV videos, “Out of Touch” was a Billboard number one for the duo. Hall’s vocals were spot on as they brought on “Method of Modern Love”, a song penned by Hall and the late Janna Allen. The lyrics are deeper than they seem with lines like “Style is timeless and fashion’s only now”. Big Bam Boom’s colorful graphics playing on the big screen added to the nostalgia of beloved 80’s.
1983’s “Rock & Soul Part 1” brought “Say It Isn’t So” one of this writer’s favorites. The cover of the Righteous Brothers, “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” which was originally on the duo’s 1980 “Voices” album and charted at number four for them. It is the best known cover of the song which has been recorded by many artists. Daryl and John switch leads on this soulful song written by Phil Spector, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
Taking the audience back to the 70’s “Where it all started”, says Hall, for the two Philly musicians. From the “Abandoned Luncheonette” album, “She’s Gone” brought the audience back on their feet. Graphics of the old luncheonette that is no longer brings a sweet reminder of past times behind. For the iconic love letter of “Sara Smile”, Hall takes to the piano across the stage for the romantic centerpiece of the show. Graphics of candles lit up the background as he crooned, “Smile awhile with me Sara” The audience was already singing along when Hall invited them to join in.
More 70’s were in store with a couple for the diehard fans. “Is It A Star” is from the 1974 “War Babies” album produced by this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and musical genius, Todd Rundgren. The album was more rock orientated than the duo’s previous records. The backround was cool with stars and the moon hanging on the backdrop, perfect for the real full moon night. For this writer, who has been a fan since the 70’s, “Back Together Again” from the 1976 “Bigger than Both of Us” album, it was worth the price of admission to hear this live! I may have heard it many years ago but don’t recall. It sounded fresh and they brought a whole new meaning to it after the lockdown of 2020 and people jonesing to get back to shows, both the musicians and the fans. Closing the set was that great dance tune “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” with everyone as far as the eye could see back to the lawn, dancing in the aisles.
The talented band that has been with Daryl and John for many years, are simply a flawless group of musicians. Charlie “Mr. Casual” DeChant plays those iconic sax riffs, has been in the band the longest and lives in Orlando. Klyde Jones is bass player extraordinaire; Brian Dunne is keeping the beat on the drum kit. Eliot Lewis is on keyboards and background vocals, a pro, he was the lead singer for the Average White Band. Porter Carroll, Jr. on percussion was the original drummer for the hit band Atlantic Starr. Shane Theriot from New Orleans is the guitarist and has worked with Dr. John, Harry Connick, Jr. and Beyoncé to name a few.
Coming back for the encore, smash hit after hit “Rich Girl”, “Kiss On My List”, “Private Eyes” and “You Make My Dreams” have the Amp dancing everywhere from the lawn to on the way to the car singing along and that is what it is all about, another great feel good show from the dynamic duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates!
Opening the show from across the pond was the British band “Squeeze”. They are touring on the “Nomadband” tour and had its own share of fans attending to see them in person. They are opening for Daryl and John as well as doing some solo dates along the way. A seven piece band, they played a 12-song set that lasted an hour, lengthy for an opening act. Lead singer Glen Tilbrook’s vocals sounded good all round and the crowd was waiting for their big hit “Tempted”. Here is the setlist for the Squeeze diehards:
- Take Me I’m Yours
- Up the Junction
- Someone Else’s Heart
- Slap and Tickle
- Please Be Upstanding
- Cool for Cats
- Annie Get Your Gun
- Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)
- If I Didn’t Love You
- Black Coffee in Bed
Vicky Sullivan Photos