To every child of the '60s, '70s and '80s, who has ever, or is continuously disappointed by contemporary performances of your former favorites, all hope is not lost. To Neil Diamond fans who can't understand what happened to his beautiful voice, and Van Morrison faithful who just can't understand what he's saying, the likes of Daryl Hall & John Oates prove you can go home again.
Daryl Hall & John Oates are coming to the San Diego State University this evening. In a sign of the times, the legendary SDSU Open Air Theater is now known as the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre. The venue hasn't changed. Every seat is fantastic, and essentially every band that plays there is eminently worth seeing. Even after some forty years in the business, Hall & Oates will fit right in.
Daryl Hall can still sing. They both play guitar, but John Oates remains an absolute master. Their songs are timeless. Those who disagree are simply too young to appreciate the classics, and we'll see how Katy Perry's music stands up to the rigors of time. Hall & Oates weren't sex symbols to begin with, so while The Rolling Stones continue to put on a hell of a show, John and Daryl are no harder to look at after all the years.
Both have dabbled in new music in recent years, and attendees of the current tour can expect some unfamiliar tunes. These veterans know who their fans are, however, and aren't trying to reinvent themselves. They don't skip a hit, and the assembled band does not miss a beat. Those cringing their way through a recent Phil Collins concert, or wondering who the person is on stage still calling himself Axl Rose, seek out Daryl Hall & John Oates. If they are coming to a venue anywhere near you, make a point of attending. Your past, present and future will thank you.