Watch John Oates Rock Phillies Strat on Fallon

John Oates
John Oates celebrated his birthday last night by sitting in with house band the Roots on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

The Philadelphia-raised Oates rocked the new Fender MLB Phillies Strat during the show, which included a quick interview about his recent release Good Road To Follow and his upcoming April 10 induction into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame along with Hall & Oates co-founder Daryl Hall.

Oates, who met Hall at Temple University in Philadelphia, also supported his hometown baseball team back in 2008 when he sung the National Anthem before Game 5 of the World Series.

Good Road To Follow is a three-disc set of EPs featuring collaborations with the likes of Vince Gill, Hot Chelle Rae, and Ryan Tedder. Each 5-song disc is organized by genres with titles Route 1, Route 2, and Route 3.

Oates recently discussed the collaboration during an interview with Phillly.com.

“Even going back to my work with Daryl, collaborating has been a part of my life,” said Oates. “Daryl and I have been collaborating for years. I like the collaborative process. I find it very interesting. There’s always a personal satisfaction in writing a song by yourself. You get the inspiration, and see it through, and you’re done. It’s focused and very personal. There’s a beauty to that you can’t deny.

“At the same time, there’s a magic that happens when two or more people start to bounce ideas off of each other. The things that you come up with can be really unique and sometimes quite amazing to see the sharing of ideas, and different people’s point of view can bring out something you may never have come up with by yourself. That’s why I wanted to do it. Plus, I just wanted to work with different people. I wanted to experience what it was like to work with a guy like Vince Gill or Ryan Tedder to see how they do what they do. To see what they bring to the table. What [were] their ideas of what’s good, or what’s hip, or what’s cool? What moves them emotionally?”

Order the album here, and enjoy the Fallon appearance below.


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