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Daryl Hall & John Oates in Concert
With the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Hollywood Bowl

Songs performed: “Maneater,” “Sara Smile,” “She’s Gone,” “Rich Girl,” “Las Vegas Turnaround,” “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do),” “Out of Touch,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Private Eyes”

Comments: The Hollywood Bowl is one of those uniquely Southern California places that don’t really exist most other places. It is a seasonalDaryl Hall and John Oates venue, operating pretty much from May to Sept (with a few additional shows outside of the regular season).  It is a great place for a summer concert. I had been to the Fourth of July spectaculars in the past… but it was usually with some artists I was not so familiar with or someone of my parent’s generation. But here it was with Daryl Hall and John Oates, one of my favorite groups from the 80’s. I remember seeing them back in their heyday quite a few times… but here they were in 2011 playing an 18,000 seat venue for 3 nights even.

The Hollywood Bowl orchestra, under the conduction of Thomas Wilkins, opened the show with a few patriotic songs as well as a salute to all branches of the armed forces. The surprise for me was a patriotic march from Steven Spielberg’s flop movie “1941.”

After the intermission, Daryl Hall and John Oates came out and launched into one of their #1 hits,, “Maneater.” They looked older, like we all do, but they still had the trademark Hall & Oates sound and vocal harmonies. Daryl Hall is one of the most versatile soul singers around, adding new ad libs to the songs that we are all familiar with. The surprise in their set was “Las Vegas Turnaround,” one of their semi-hits from the 70’s and a song I was only familiar with from their ‘Ultimate” collection.

More #1 hits followed like “Rich Girl,” “Out of Touch” and “I Can’t Go for That.” Our group had to get up and dance, and everyone was singing along. They also sang “You Make My Dreams” which found a new lease on life thanks to the movie “(500) Days of Summer.” The orchestra came back out for the fireworks finale, featuring “Stars and Stripes Forever.” The finale had the Hall and Oates band along with the orchestra for “Private Eyes.” The crowd was standing up and pumped up from the rousing fireworks and great music.  It was a great close to another fantastic outing at the world famous Hollywood Bowl.

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