The Hall & Oates show this past Sunday at the Paramount Theatre attracted a well-heeled, recital-worthy crowd. Aside from a few rogue, enthusiastic fans who just couldn't resist dancing in their seats, the majority of the audience remained seated for three-quarters of the show. Although smiling and clearly enjoying themselves, the crowd remained relatively sedate until politely applauding at the end of each song. To be fair, perhaps they were just following the band's lead. As Daryl Hall and John Oates ran through lived-in versions of their most recognizable songs in front of a brick wall backdrop that recalled a SNL soundstage from the '70s, they themselves were perched on stools.
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The outfit's set included most of the hits, with the exception of the band's take on the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Loving Feeling." The highlights, for me at least, were when the group played its '70s strongholds, "She's Gone," "Sara Smile" and "Rich Girl." The cuts that sent a jolt through the crowd, however, were the act's '80s standbys, "Maneater," which opened the show, "Out of Touch," "Say It Isn't So," "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)," which finally inspired folks to get on their feet, "Kiss On My List" and "Private Eyes," which closed the set and brought the down the house.
Although there were a few dead spots and disappointments in the set -- including when the band dusted off "How Does It Feel," featuring Oates on lead, as well as a few lesser-known tracks; and hearing the majority of the leads played on a acoustic guitar - all in all Hall & Oates played a succinct, enjoyable show.
Personal Bias: I'm a gigantic fan of Hall & Oates '70s output, and a casual fan of the band's '80s material. A friend at the show saw me and said, 'Ah, a closet Hall & Oates fan, eh?' Nope. Not this guy. I'm out, man. I love Hall & Oates. Unabashedly.
Random Detail: Most of the guys I ran into outside smoking said their girlfriends or wives dragged them to the show.
By the Way: There's an extra verse on "She's Gone," that's not included in the radio edit. I never heard it until I downloaded the song from iTunes.
Hall & Oates
Out of Touch
Say It Isn't So
How Does It Feel
When the Morning Comes
Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song)
One On One
I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
Kiss On My List