Some of their best-known songs are nearly 40 years old, and they havent had a bona fide hit in almost 30, yet Daryl Hall and John Oates dont sound like a heritage act. Chalk that up to a large catalog of solid gold hits that has sustained all of its luster and purity.
By TIMOTHY FINN
The Kansas City Star
Saturday night, under a late-summer, star-studded sky at Starlight Theatre, more than 5,000 fans danced, swayed and sang along during a 90-minute set stocked with plenty of those hits. The duo and its six-piece band didnt wait to ignite the festive mood. Right off the bat, they unleashed three top 10 hits: Maneater, which was rife with some dirty saxophone riffs from Charles DeChant; Family Man; then Out of Touch, a hit from 1984s Big Bam Boom that sounds as contemporary today as it did 28 years ago. That one drew a lot of fans to their feet for the rest of the night.
The setlist rewarded fans of the Abandoned Luncheonette album, released in 1974. Three of its tracks made the list: When the Morning Comes, Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song) and a gorgeous rendition of Shes Gone, a one of the duos earliest hits and best songs. Daryl Hall is 65, but his voice still has plenty of range, authority and expression.
The setting was idyllic. Both the weather and the sound were clear and crisp, and the crowd was ideal: attentive and enthusiastic. The place was full of couples submitting to whatever mood was rendered. There was a lull or two during songs like When the Morning Comes and How Does it Feel To Be Back. And the jam went on a little too long at the end of I Cant Go For That, though it included some funky keyboard and guitar interplay between Hall and guitarist Paul Pesco. That time would have been better spent on a song left off the list, like One on One or their cover of Youve Lost That Lovin Feeling.
They finished the show with a flourish: a salvo of seven top 10 hits five of them No. 1s that spanned only six years, back when they filled the charts with the kind of styles and sounds top 40 radio craves these days. It showcased their diverse ways with pop, funk and soul, from the gorgeous love ballad Sara Smile to the funky Rich Girl to the closers, the irresistibly poppy Kiss On My List and Private Eyes. That one is more than 30 years old, but like almost every other song played this night, it aroused something more exciting than mere nostalgia.