Throughout its lengthy career, the pop/blue-eyed soul duo Hall & Oates has never performed in Ireland. So when it came time to make a concert film, the twosome decided it would be great to film its Dublin debut. The resulting film, Daryl Hall and John Oates Recorded Live From Dublin
, shows at area theaters tomorrow night.
“Well, we did a tour last summer,” says Hall in a conference call when asked about what prompted the concert film. “We did a UK and Ireland tour last summer, our European tour. When I found out that we were playing in Dublin, I had played in the Olympic Theater in Dublin back in the '90s as a Daryl Hall show and not with John. 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. When I found out that we were playing there, and that Hall and Oates had never played in Ireland ever, which is kind of strange but true, I suggested that we record and do something with it, you know, record the performance.”
Eagle Rock Entertainment got behind the filming and, as Hall says, the concert “exceeded expectations.” “It was just an outrageously good night,” he says. “Not only was the band really on, but the crowd was just crazy. The company called [Fathom], who puts these things for theatrical release, saw this performance, and they came to us and said, we'd like to put this in theaters, if you're into it. I knew it from the beginning that it was going to be a special night, and that's what it turned out to be.”
The show was recorded in July of 2014, shortly after the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
. Hall had nothing positive to say about the band’s overdue induction.
“I probably don't have that many good things to say about any of [the induction],” he says. “I'm not a big fan of the concept of the whole [thing]. The ceremony is rather tedious to say the least, and my life hasn't changed a bit afterwards.”
The concert features all the band’s biggest hits — “”I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”, “Rich Girl,” “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes” and "Maneater." Find more info at fathomevents.com