Live Review: Daryl Hall & John Oates Play Hurricane Relief Show in Atlantic City

Published on December 2nd, 2012


December 1, 2012 – Philadelphia rock and soul duo Daryl Hall and John Oates have long remarked they consider Atlantic City home during their annual concert at the Borgata. When Hurricane Sandy hit the shores a month ago, naturally they were among the first in line to help – choosing to donate the entire proceeds of their December concert to the relief effort.

For over an hour and a half on Saturday night, the band tore through the better part of their hit catalog spotlessly and effortlessly, while putting a smile on more than just their fans’ faces through their generosity.

The duo plays the Borgata enough to be considered the resort’s house band, but if it’s growing old they certainly weren’t showing it.

Daryl Hall, with his hit series Live from Daryl’s House continuing to pile up both acclaim and hoards of viewers, beamed with energy the whole evening, even as he struggled repeatedly with amplifiers gone awry. His “Daryl’s House” guitar strap is the latest edition in an ongoing series of ‘LFDH’ accessories that continue to be seen on Hall and his stage

John Oates was his usual self, not imposing greatly but maintaining an understood excellence on stage with his skillful playing and soulful voice. The band behind them, led by virtuoso guitarist Paul Pesco and longtime sax man Charlie DeChant, might be their best backing outfit in years.

Unlike in years past, no Christmas songs were on tap this time around, but the holiday spirit of giving was kept alive with the relief efforts underway, which included a limited edition t-shirt fans could snatch up for a $20 donation.

Both singers have often warned fans not to expect any new collaborative material any time soon, but the continuing Hall & Oates tour schedule combined with the ongoing fountain of material from Live from Daryl’s House amounts to something more substantial than a new album. Viewers are treated to a new live concert every month.

Any naysayers would be wise to visit the lyrics of Daryl’s latest single: “Can’t you understand we got a good thing goin’ on?”

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