When Daryl Hall & John Oates decided to play Dublin, Ireland's Olympia Theatre, the "Maneater" duo had no idea how memorable the night would turn out to be. Luckily, Fathom Events recorded the concert and will be screening it for audiences nationwide on Thursday, February 19. In advance of the occasion, Hall and Oates joined AXS to discuss that special evening and their lengthy partnership.
"John and I started as friends back when we were teenagers, and I think that that friendship - because it was that before it was a musical or creative or business partnership - has sustained us," explained Hall. "We're friends. We're friends first, partners second. We did all that work together, over that period of time, through the '70s and the '80s, and into the '90s, and even more recently, really."
"We have this body of work that we really enjoy playing," he continued. "It's hundreds of songs and we like doing it. I guess that's the bottom line, is we like playing together. We like having a band together. We like playing our songs that we've created together. Even though we're not doing anything currently together as far as music, what we've done in the past is certainly enough to sustain us."
What made Dublin worth immortalizing? "I had played the Olympic Theater in Dublin back in the '90s," he continued. "My memory of that place was that it was an outrageous concert. There's something about the crowd, about the room, that was at that time very magical to me and really special...I knew it from the beginning that it was going to be a special night, and that's what it turned out to be."
"We'd never played in Ireland. I did a songwriter's festival in Ireland a few years back but never played with Daryl," agreed John Oates. "I knew that it was going to be an exciting night, having never played there. The venue was so cool and legendary. It had so much history. All the ingredients were in place for a great night and a great performance...The band was on fire and the crowd was into it.
"The songs hold up. That's what it's all about," he explained. "The songs actually hold up. We don't have to do anything. The subtleties in the performance and subtleties by the band, little parts that someone might add in spontaneously, will trigger certain things. Things that we do on stage spontaneously will become a canonized into the set list. That's something that just happens.
"We also intersperse our set with some deep tracks, which also gives a little bit better overview of the amazing catalog of music we created over the last 40 years."
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