Hall & Oates – Villa Maria Estate January 29, 2012

The day started out cold and windy but things heated up nicely for the outdoor show at Auckland’s Villa Maria Winery that brought 80s stalwarts Icehouse and Hall & Oates to town, along with the recently reunited Goodshirt.

Goodshirt started the afternoon off in fine fashion, the crowd up front even tried to get them back for an encore…not bad for third on the bill.

Next came Icehouse. I’ve never been a fan of the Australian synth-rockers and they didn’t do anything to change my mind. Frontman Iva Davies and his crew made their fans happy with hits like Great Southern Land and Electric Blue, but their 90 minute set seemed too long. But, as I said, their fans enjoyed themselves, so they did their job.

Daryl Hall and John Oates came on a half hour later and played one hit after another. Although the duo has been around since the early 1970s, this was their first Auckland show and so they gave the crowd what they wanted to hear.

They began with two singles from their 1982 album H2O, Maneater and Family Man and stayed with the early 80s hits until they played Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song), from 1973’s Abandoned Luncheonette album. They followed that with the album’s hit, She’s Gone and then 1975’s Sara Smile.

The regular set, which seemed short compared to Icehouse, ended with an extended version of I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) that gave long-time sax man Charles “Mr. Casual” DeChant as chance to show the appreciative crowd his stuff.

For encores they served up more hits…Rich Girl, You Make My Dreams, Kiss On My List and Private Eyes.

Both men are in their 60s now, but they looked and sounded in top form. Oates sang lead on one song, How Does It Feel To Be Back, from Voices, and played quite a bit of lead guitar. The six-piece band, not counting Hall & Oates was tight and funky and the lighting and visuals enhanced the whole experience.

Although both men have solo albums out at the moment, they concentrated on their past glories, which, judging by the crowd reaction, was exactly what was called for.

Marty Duda

Click here to listen to Hall & Oates perform You Make My Dreams

Set list:

  1. Maneater
  2. Family Man
  3. Out Of Touch
  4. How Does It Feel To Be Back
  5. Say It Isn’t So
  6. Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song)
  7. She’s Gone
  8. Sara Smile
  9. I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)
  10.  Rich Girl
  11.  You Make My Dreams
  12.  Kiss On My List
  13.  Private Eyes

Click here to view a gallery of photos from the show shot by Michael Flynn: