By Chris M. Junior
For faithful fans of Daryl Hall and John Oates, the duo’s 2015 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was long overdue.
On Feb. 19, another extended wait ended for Hall and Oates supporters when the singer-guitarists headlined New York’s Madison Square Garden for the first time since 1985.
Back then at “the world’s most famous arena,” Hall and Oates performed current and recent hits. Many of those same songs are classics today, such as “Maneater,” and along with “Out of Touch,” “Family Man,” “Did It in a Minute” and “Say It Isn’t So” was among the set’s initial chunk of 1980s tunes — all five of which reached Billboard’s pop Top 10.
Two Top 10 hits from 1976 soon followed: “She’s Gone,” complete with the still-thrilling modulation and release at the end, and an extended “Sara Smile,” featuring a standout guitar solo by Shane Theriot. The vocal ad-libs and slight deviations from the melodies in both songs were subtle reminders that while they once were huge pop stars, Hall and Oates will be forever rooted in R&B and soul music.
Hall and Oates are scheduled to perform a handful of U.S. dates in March and May, then begin a stretch of summer shows on July 10 in Camden, N.J.