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Hall & Oates Live Concert Fan Reviews

 

08/15/2003, Wiltern, Los Angeles

On 15 Aug 2003, LA had the pleasure of the expansiveness of the solo artist himself.....Daryl Hall ..interpreting LIVE ...his much anticipated single..."CAB DRIVER" from the recent U S album "CAN'T STOP DREAMING" released 10 June 2003.

What separates Mr. Hall from most artists recently heard by this listener is the seamless way in which he seems to present his own life via his craft... "Cab Driver" seemed totally and completely brand new. It was powerful. It was poignant. It projected forward life. It was magnificent!

The concert at the Wiltern.. well conducted by Hall..could not have survived, however without the individual "genius like" talent generated from six other individually skilled and colorful players....

Charlie DeChant, ( the beloved Mr. Casual ) and Jeff Catania ( who enjoyed his loveable LOUD ENOUGH sound ) representing just that..and Mr. assistant conductor ...T Bone Wolk...not to mention if John Oates were not there....the crowd would not yelp out those deafening screams when all of the "hits" were played..as they remember HALL AND OATES nostalgia...

....Still it felt like an opening of a new era...as well...lyrically and expansively as imagined or not .....a sense of profundity seemed in our midst.....length of career...love...ease...joy.....energy...

Of particular note was the "You've lost that lovin feelin"...in a stunning duet by Hall and Oates capturing that very new expansiveness felt in the performance this particular evening...

"Starting all over again" also featured the historical yet current magic of the duo...

"Getaway Car" remains the "DO IT FOR LOVE" favorite of this listener though how can one not take note of the instant EXTRA creating and unique ambiance given freely to us ...that night...of "Forever for you"...?....( " I must play my part .......my part of playing the fool to love you " DH) .......

The light tones of the banter and soul pouring to the audience were charming and warm...natural , but with vocal conservation...needed for the lengthy duration...given out..SO FREELY ..it seemed... 

LA is proud to provide a, as Hall described it, "second musical home"..for this extraordinary group of seven...because we love them as much as he said he loves LA...probably ...more....

Oates wears an eternally gifted smile...which obviously comes from a very deep place...in his heart....while setting a certain additional tone from his own unique knowledge of what it is he does....double checks ....and does ...some more...

The only thing that will always bug me is that I wish the complex acoustical wierdness could be fixed or married to the concert hall design. It's..not a bad room..and looks ok ...but why is sound marriage so difficult...?????? I wish i knew...We talked about it half of the way to our next destination....

2003, Georgeann Peterson-Dowswell,  Originally published on August 19, 2003

 

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