Gunfire exploded throughout the building. Two rival gangs exchanged bullets. Some musicians ran into an elevator for cover...
A night with Diddy Dirty Money? No- it was Daryl Hall and John Oates. And it was on that evening in Philly, in the freight elevator, circa 1967, that they discovered they rocked the same style of music. A far cry from the usual suspects with street cred, Hall & Oates built their rep on melding classic soul, rock, and pop to create a unique style.
Innovators of an irresistible blend of music that remains influential to current artists, Hall & Oates originality has kept them relevant. Just look at the line-up of Live from Darryl's House, the critically acclaimed performance series featuring music and banter with Daryl and an array of his musician friends. The list includes Mayer Hawthorne, Todd Rundgren, Grace Potter, Gym Class Heroes, Neon Trees, Minus the Bear and Sharon Jones.
There's also no denying that Hall & Oates have a plethora of hits. In fact- the musicians you listen to most likely listen to Hall & Oates. The hits are numerous and have earned them countless awards. Their music is continuously sampled by everyone from the Wu Tang Clan, Kanye West, and Amerie, to Young Jeezy, De La Soul, and Tony Yayo.
Hall & Oates are currently on their 'Do What You Want, Be What You Are' Tour. This live show should not be missed for the sheer radiance of the performances. And although the bouffant hairstyles, exaggerated attire, smoke machines, and that obscure devil [a la the She's Gone video] are lacking, the show was definitely worthwhile.
The velvety voice is still there, the indespensible sidekick is still indispensible. You get to hear all the hits, as well as a few gems thrown in. And, as you listen to the music, you'll still wish your name was Sara.
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