Hall & Oates Talk Live Music’s Return: ‘Excitement Is Too Easy A Word’

Written by on June 25, 2021

Daryl Hall & John Oates are betting that a show full of hits may be the perfect musical comfort food to help fans acclimate to big-venue concerts once more.

The duo — which last performed on Feb. 28, 2020 at New York’s Madison Square Garden — has plans for a 25-date summer tour, opening Aug. 7 in Mansfield, Mass., and including regular HoagieNation festival two nights later in Philadelphia, where Hall and Oates partnered during 1970. Squeeze will be opening through Oct. 1, with KT Tunstall on board for most of the shows.

“Excitement is too easy a word,” Hall told Billboard about the prospect of getting back on the road. “I’m many things. I’m excited about it. I’m apprehensive. I’m nervous. I’m confident. I’m paranoid. I’m everything at once — and when I hit the stage I think it’ll probably be as if I never left.”

Hall predicts fans will feel the same way in short order. “I actually would use the word rejoicing, like ‘We’re here! We’re back in this again! We can do this!’ I think it’ll be that kind of positive feeling and ecstatic feeling. I think once it starts happening, it’s gonna be great.

“My music tends to make people feel good — even the depressing songs make you feel good,” Hall adds with a laugh. “And the familiarity is a strong point. It adds to the commonality of it and the goodwill and the good feelings.”

Hall, for one, will be shaking off some cobwebs from the shutdown — or, as he terms it, “hibernation.” “Some artists did a lot of writing, a lot of recording — I didn’t do any of that,” he says. “I can’t say ideas didn’t come to me. Of course they did. But I felt like I just needed to shut down and wait for the other side to become apparent, because I thought anything I’d write or do during (the pandemic) would be irrelevant. But now I’m ready to go again.”

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