On Tuesday night, Hall & Oates electrified the crowd with their beloved hits on a tour stop at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth. Squeeze opened the show. Photographers were banned, which was a bit of a bummer, but Squeeze played their hits, including “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell).”
When Hall & Oates took the stage, the crowd got rowdy from the jump with "Maneater." The band rolled through some big hits with “Out of Touch,” “She’s Gone” and “Say it Isn’t So.” Daryl Hall started off on guitar but mellowed things out as he went to the grand piano. As he sat down, he had some issues with the microphone's sound.
“I don't do soundcheck," he told the crowd. "It always sounds so different with people in the room.”
After Hall's mic was dialed in, the show continued, bringing the crowd back in with “Sara Smiles.” The spotlight then shifted to his sidekick, John Oates. The pair closed the set with a rousing “I Can't Go For That,” which included some very cool back and forth soloing between H&O longtime saxophonist Charles DeChant and lead guitarist Shane Theriot. The band left the stage to a well-deserved standing ovation, returning for a four-song encore that started with “Rich Girl” and ended with “You Make My Dreams.”
Unsurprisingly, the mostly full arena was filled by an older crowd, and surprisingly, with teenagers singing every word and freaking out as hard as their parents. It made sense. Hall & Oates was the music a lot of us grew up to, and that tradition hasn’t changed through the generations.