Daryl Hall & John Oates, who coined the term “Rock & Soul”, serenaded a sold out crowd at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on Sunday evening. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of their first album together, and the two are celebrating with their “Do What You Want, Be What You Are 2012 Tour”.
With an enthusiastic crowd filling the amphitheater, the 70′s & 80′s superstars jumped head first into the show, kicking off the concert with the classic “Maneater”. The upbeat hit proved to be an acceptable choice with the audience, as dancing and whistles quickly commenced, and it became apparent that we were in for a treat. These gentlemen were there to give it their all.
Throughout the show, there was a nice balance between long-time favorites and lesser-known contemporary hits. Judging by the crowd’s excitement, though, it seemed as though most of us were there to listen to the classics. This was especially apparent as the crowd simultaneously coupled up and swayed to “Sarah Smile”, and then soon broke out into mini dance groups with “I Can’t Go For That”. I don’t think a single person stood still for the later.
Overall, the performance exceeded my expectations. The gentleman still have it together musically and their unique style has been proven timeless. The only thing missing, in my opinion, was John Oates mustache.
Photos by Andrew Williams.