Hall and Oates at Arena Theatre, 5/25/2013

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Photos by Jim Bricker
Hall and Oates
Arena Theatre
May 25, 2013

In one of the many throwback moments Saturday night at the Arena Theatre, a woman, who had clearly forgotten what year it was and what band she was watching, rushed the stage while Hall and Oates were transitioning between their final two songs, '80s hits "Kiss On My List" and "Private Eyes." Her target: a genuinely shocked John Oates. The mustachioed second half of the classic pop duo (yes, the 'stache is back) shrugged off the bear hug, but the band howled clearly getting a kick out of their bandleader's rock-star turn.

Unfortunately, that may have represented the most exciting point in an otherwise less than energetic performance from the classic pop duo during their 80-minute set. In one of the more unintentionally revealing exchanges onstage, Daryl Hall introduced "She's Gone" saying, "I never like to say an album is my favorite, but this one is way up there, like one of two, maybe one of one."

Oates, perplexed, responded, "We've done like 30 albums and we only had two good ones?"

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Hall, who if he put on a bathrobe and sipped a White Russian, could win a Big Lebowski lookalike contest as The Dude any day of the week, is still a gifted, throaty singer with serious soul chops, but he appeared too often to be going through the motions on Saturday night. The band has amassed an impressive five gold, four platinum and two multiplatinum albums to go with six No. 1 hits in their 40-plus-year career, but Hall seemed disinterested during their biggest hits of the '80s, and the entire band's energy waned as a result.

"We're going to play stuff tonight from all of our eras," Daryl Hall told the audience of middle-aged suburbanites. Of course, what he really meant was "both" given that Hall and Oates are defined by their '70s R&B-tinged soft-rock and '80s monster pop hits. And they did not disappoint the two-thirds-filled Arena Theatre, playing every No. 1 including "Rich Girl," "Maneater," and "Out of Touch." The crowd ate it up, dancing in the aisles for much of the show.

The duo was at its best during the '70s portion of the night, particularly "She's Gone" and "Sara Smile," which allowed the band to stretch out a bit and gave Hall the room he needed to inject the soul singing he obviously loves and still performs exceptionally well. The extended jam at the end of "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" was the band at its most lively.

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7326 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX

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loreespi
loreespi

Hello Jeff, this is the woman who rushed the stage, I was sooo happy of doing it,  they were my idols since I was 13 yo, meantime all of my gfs, listened to latin pop singers since (I am Mexican) I always listened to Hall and Oates. That day was my last day in Houston so I closed my day in a very happy mood, and thanks to my husband who also likes that music, bought the tickets as a surprise and supports all  my crazy ideas!!! Im in Monterrey, Mexico now, and soon will return to this city I love, Houston, the city that makes my dreams come true ...  :)

bjcaldwell2
bjcaldwell2

Probably one of the few shows this year I was legit pissed I wasn't in attendance for.

calienhart
calienhart

Very disappointed. Too much instrumentation over vocals. Sounded like this was the first time the band played together. Instruments not timed. Love hall & Oates but concert was underwhelming and over priced. Surprised how many non-whites at the concert. Blued-eyed blues apparently draws a broader audience.

wordlover
wordlover

I was disappointed too, that they did not play "Me and Mrs. Jones", I was looking forward to that song.  But they did manage to play most of the songs I wanted to hear.  I agree that their performance was less than stellar.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVED the show, however, I've seen them numerous times and this show just seemed, just odd.  By the way, the woman that rushed the stage had been standing behind me the entire s second set and right before she took to the stage, she tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I could let her squeeze in beside me. (I was right in front of the stage)  Well, I did, and you know the rest.  She walked up there so matter-of- factly that I couldn't believe it!  The funny part came after the show ended and the lights came on, a man looking very lost, asked me if I knew where he could go get his wife, as she was the one that rushed the stage.  I stared at him for a second and then asked, "You're just now going to go look for her?"  to which he replied, "Yeah, I wasn't going to miss the end of the show!"  ----Love at it's finest, I'd say! 

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Oh, it coulda been worse. Sinbad, "A lot of women walked home from a Luther concert..."

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