Hall and Oates brought their iconic music to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena last night in Jacksonville Florida to a large crowd of enthusiastic fans eager to hear their favorite titles from this Hall of Fame duo. The set included many of the all-time favorites such as Maneater, One On One, She’s Gone, and I Can’t Go For That. The audience sang along on each and every song as they traveled back to memories from the 70s and 80s.
While I love Hall and Oates songs and they stir emotions and memories, I was less than enthusiastic about this tour. Daryl Hall can no longer reach the high notes that were so prevalent in their music, and the new arrangements of iconic songs left me deflated and craving the original sounds and energy. Maneater was slow and lacking in energy, and the numerous runs and vibrato utilized to cover the lack of range throughout the performance added nothing to the songs.
The instrumentals are still as good, or even better than on the original soundtracks, especially the saxophone and flute of Charles DeChant whose tones are richer today than ever. John Oates‘s guitar is as precise and exciting today as when he first took the stage, and Shane Theriot played some amazing guitar riffs.
I respect the musical talent of Daryl Hall and John Oates, but this concert left me …sad.