Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hall & Oates: On Big Screen and at White House

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hall & Oates: On Big Screen and at White House

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The duo that gave us "Kiss on My List" has a full to-do list this third week of February.

On Wednesday, Hall & Oates braved the cast of "The Howard Stern Show." Today, they meet the ladies of "The View." On Sunday, they travel to Washington, D.C., to rock the White House for the Governor's Ball.

"We were summoned," Daryl Hall said in a teleconference Monday. "I got an email from the press secretary saying, 'Would you guys like to play at the White House?' and we said yes, simple as that."

That's not all. Tonight, the duo can be found on the big screen in the concert film "Daryl Hall & John Oates: Recorded Live From Dublin," captured last summer on the duo's first trip there.

"I had played in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin back in the '90s, as a Daryl Hall show, not with John, and my memory of that place is that it was an outrageous concert," he recalled. "There's something about the crowd, about the room, that was, at that time, very magical to me and really special. And when I found out that we were playing there, and that Hall & Oates had never played in Ireland, ever, which is kind of strange but true, I suggested that we record and do something with it."

The biggest-selling duo in history is 45 years into a career that started when they met at Temple University and were introduced with the 1970 debut "Whole Oats." It was with the second album, the classic "Abandoned Luncheonette," that they hit the charts with blue- eyed soul ballad "She's Gone," beginning a hitmaking career that would go strong up till around 1990 with such chart-toppers as "Rich Girl," "Maneater" and "Private Eyes."

"We began to play live from the moment we got together," Mr. Oates recalled. "In fact, that's how we got together. We got together as a reaction to what we were doing with other people. Daryl was doing studio work in Philly and he wasn't satisfied with that situation. I was playing in blues bands and folk clubs and stuff like that. We were a live group from the very beginning and to this day we still are. …

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