Filling The Joint for two nights, Hall & Oates showed why they are the most successful recording duo of all time. With a 14-song set that didn’t contain a song newer than 1984, their blend of pop, rock and soul remains as vibrant as it did 30 years ago.
Opening with “Out of Touch,” one of their six No. 1 singles to be played during the show, Hall & Oates were backed by a six-piece band that helped produce four- and five-part harmonies. Hall’s powerful, soulful voice was in full range for ’70s light-rock staples “She’s Gone” and “Sara Smile,” while Oates took a turn on lead vocal for the lesser-known “Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song),” and minor hit “How Does It Feel to Be Back,” giving a very Springsteen-esque delivery.
From there, it was just hit after hit. The R&B-fueled “Maneater” and “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” were fleshed out with saxophone solos from longtime band member Charles DeChant, the arrangements changed just enough to keep the songs fresh but still retain their original flavor.
Hall moved from guitar to keyboards for a two-encore finale of “Rich Girl,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Kiss On My List” and “Private Eyes,” drawing much of the crowd closer to the stage. Sure, there were a few hits left out (“One on One,” “Adult Education,” “Method of Modern Love”), but they still packed enough in over 90 minutes to where nobody was complaining. ★★★☆☆