Review & Set List: Daryl Hall & John Oates, Melbourne, Australia
by Paul Cashmere
|Photo: Ros O'Gorman|
Icehouse are a hard act to follow on Australian soil but Hall & Oates rose to the challenge and matched Icehouse hit for hit.
This was Hall & Oates first Australian tour since 1991. If abstinence makes the heart grow fonder, then this crowd was bursting for a H&O show.
For starters the band was incredible. A good smattering of Average White Band members, a former Madonna guitarist and a Bowie percussionist created the Hall & Oates sounds we have been listening to for 40 years.
The band was:
- Daryl Hall – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
- John Oates – Guitar, vocals
- Paul Pesco – Lead Guitar, backing vocals (Madonna)
- Klyde Jones – Bass, backing vocals (Average White Band)
- Brian Dunne – Drums (Average White Band)
- Charlie DeChant – Saxophone, keyboards, backing vocals (Average White Band)
- Eliot Lewis – keyboards, backing vocals (Average White Band)
- Everett Bradley – percussion, backing vocals (David Bowie)
I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) was the stand-out piece tonight. Hall & Oates have reinvented the 30-year old classic into an extended piece of pure soul. Tonight it was their Marvin Gaye Got To Give It Up moment.
Daryl Hall commands most of the spotlight as lead singer of the duo but John stepped up for How Does It Feel To Be Back, his Beatlesque hit from 1980’s Voices album.
The Hall & Oates setlist from The Plenary Hall, Melbourne, February 2, 2012 was:
- Maneater (from H2O, 1982)
- Family Man (from H2O, 1982)
- Out Of Touch (from Big Bam Boom, 1984)
- Adult Education (from Rock and Soul Part 1, 1983)
- How Does It Feel To Be Back (from Voices, 1980)
- Say It Isn’t So (from Rock and Soul Part 1, 1983)
- Las Vegas Turnaround (from Abandoned Luncheonette, 1973)
- She’s Gone (from Abandoned Luncheonette, 1973)
- Sara Smile (from Daryl Hall & John Oates, 1975)
- I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (from Private Eyes, 1981)
- Rich Girl (from Bigger Than Both Of Us, 1976)
- You Make My Dreams (from Voices, 1980)
- Kiss On My List (from Voices, 1980)
- Private Eyes (from Private Eyes, 1981)