Photos: Daryl Hall And John Oates At Ravinia
By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 10, 2014 4:15PM
When Daryl Hall and John Oates came through town recently thew were riding high from a recent induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. And lest you think this is some oldies act, we suggest you watch Hall's induction speech since it dripped with venom over the other Philadelphia acts who weren't already in the Hall of Fame that were long overdue. And believe us, this is a band that knows their history.
That's why it would have been nice to see more of that history at play during their sold out set at Ravinia a few weeks ago. The band played it safe and crammed the setlist full of hits, which would have been fine had their setlist not been nearly identical to the one they played three years before at the same venue. Giving the bands recent surge in popularity due to inventive duets with modern artists digging through Hall and Oates' massive catalog on the Live From Daryl's House series, it would have been nice to see a little of that adventure on stage.
That said the duo and their band put on an enjoyable and solid show. And while this writer would have preferred something that uncovered some worthy deep cuts that can rival even their pop hits, he did not walk away dissatisfied. At this point if Hall and Oates want to play it safe, they're performance is strong enough that we'll still sing along and leave happy.