As one half of Hall & Oates (though you should NEVER call them that), John Oates has lent his creativity and talents to a lion’s share of hits: “Rich Girl”; “Kiss on My List”; “Private Eyes”; “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”; “Maneater”; and “Out of Touch” are just the tracks that rose to #1 on the charts.
Of course, the songs that make a musician’s career are the same ones fans want to hear when they pay top dollar to see them in concert, despite a longing to play a few numbers that might have been unfairly overlooked.
“Daryl and I would love to go out and do a deep tracks tour,” say Oates who, along with Daryl Hall, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. “Where we play a lot of the album tracks and a lot of the music we think we made that we… think is real adventurous and cool and musical.”
“We have a good problem: we have a lot of hits,” adds Oates. “Every once in a while we sneak in some more obscure album tracks.”
But performing a deep cuts tour might be completely out of the question. In October of 2006, Hall & Oates released Home for Christmas, an album consisting of 10 holiday classics and two original songs, accompanied by a tour. If they had any questions regarding how a tour highlighting deep tracks might go, they got their answer from an outspoken admirer in the crowd.
“I’ll never forget, right in the middle of this show, we had this amazing version of ‘O Holy Night,'” recalls Oates of the song that holds great significance to his bandmate Hall. “Right in the middle of ‘O Holy Night’ some guy in the audience yells out, ‘MAN EATERRRRR!'”
“That’s when we dropped the Christmas songs and went right back to the hits,” adds a hysterical John Oates.
Oates has been making big strides as a solo artist for years now and just released a new concert DVD called Another Good Road, now available through Amazon and johnoates.com. Oates also has a show tomorrow night at City Winery, where the venue will be serving its one millionth glass of wine. Tickets for that show are available through citywinery.com.