Hall & Oates Warm Up Outside Lands Crowd

The fact that Hall & Oates only had about an hour to perform at San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival was a travesty.

The duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates is one of the top-selling bands in music history, and they have surrounded themselves with a band that would make some of the top artists out there drool.

Still, the festival atmosphere lends itself to abbreviated showings – nail the hits and wave to the crowd.

Hall and Oates at Outside LandsHall & Oates did both with aplomb, knocking out smash after smash to an audience that stretched back as far as the eye could see

Hall began the performance with an electric guitar for tracks like “Sara Smile” and “She’s Gone,” priming the pump for their blue-eyed soul smashes.

Things really kicked in when Hall walked behind his keyboard to sing the opening bars to “I Can’t Go For That.” His falsetto was impressive, especially after 40 years in the business, while Oates’ funky guitar work made the song a complete dance party.

“I Can’t Go For That” even brought in a saxophone for an extended outro that proved to be the finale to their main set.

Of course, Hall & Oates couldn’t leave their fans without playing two of their most iconic gems – “Rich Girl” and “You Make My Dreams.”

The former track was led by Hall’s sultry vocals before getting into the familiar refrain, while the latter whipped the crowd into a frenzy on a few occasions before crashing towards the end with a solo by Oates.

All in all, Hall & Oates proved that they still have it.


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