Daryl Hall and John Oates at Madison Square Garden on Friday.
The first 2020 date will see Daryl Hall and John Oates perform at Hershey, PA’s Giant Center on February 26th, where they’ll share the bill with Squeeze. Two days later, on February 28th, Hall & Oates will head to New York’s Madison Square Garden along with Squeeze and KT Tunstall. Then, on March 21st, Hall & Oates will head to California for a performance at Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio. Finally, on May 15th and 16th, Hall & Oates will head back east for a pair of performances at Foxwoods Resor in Mashantucket, CT on May 15th and 16th.
Here, Daryl Hall, 73, and John Oates, 71 — the latter interviewed last week the morning after having his gallbladder removed — reveal the strangest place they heard “Rich Girl,” the secret to their ’80s hair, the real stories behind their hits and why they’re not called Oates & Hall.
What are your memories of your first show together in New York?
Oates: Believe it or not, it goes way back before Hall & Oates. Daryl had a group called the Temptones, I had a group called the Masters. The guitar player of his group dropped out, and they had a showcase at the Gaslight in the Village. Daryl asked me to sub for them, and so I went up to New York. It was an early evening show and then Daryl said, “Hey, I got a surprise for you. We’re gonna go to the Apollo and see the Temptations.” So we went and not only did we sit in the front row, but we went backstage and hung out with the group.
And you lived in New York as a little kid, too.
Oates: On 23rd Street between First and Second Avenue. In the ’70s, when I moved [back]to New York, I went down to that street to see if I could find my old house and it wasn’t there. When I was 4 years old, my father got a job in North Wales, Pa., and so we moved. But every weekend we drove to New York . . . spending the weekend with the family, having the big Italian family dinners. We still thought of ourselves as New Yorkers.
The duo haven’t put out an album together since 2006’s Home for Christmas, though both members have released solo albums in recent years. Hall’s Laughing Down Crying came
out in 2011, while Oates put out Mississippi Mile that year and Good Road to Follow in 2013. Hall als
o starred in Live From Daryl’s House for eight seasons, jamming alongside guests that included Monahan, Billy Gibbons and Aaron Neville, among others.