Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Stone Amazed to Be Hall & Oates' Opener

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Stone Amazed to Be Hall & Oates' Opener

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Allen Stone has always admired Hall & Oates, and the famed pop duo is returning the love.

"It's an awesome opportunity to play before these guys that I've idolized my entire adult, teenage and even pre-pubescent life," Stone says of his opening slot on Hall & Oates' current tour, which comes to the Prudential Center in Newark on Saturday. "To be able to pump out that many great songs - I'd love to be as prolific as they are."

Daryl Hall himself tapped the soul/rhythm-and-blues singer-guitarist for the gig. Stone impressed Hall when he performed in 2013 on the series, "Live from Daryl's House," in which Hall hosts musicians at his upstate New York home.

"We became buddies and I did a solo tour with him on the East Coast," said Stone, 30. "To now be able to do this is amazing."

Stone will have a precious 20 minutes to impress Saturday night's crowd. "I won't have my full band so it's just me and my guitar," he says. "I try to keep it upbeat with a [cover] song at the top that everybody might know and then play original songs.

"I haven't played without a band in a long time and I've never played arenas," Stone says. "So it's like when you've never swam and your dad throws you into the water. It's sink or swim."

The Washington State native released his third album, "Radius," in 2015. A deluxe edition with multiple bonus tracks was released last year. The disc is a collection of upbeat, uplifting songs including the clap-along "Perfect World," the dance hall-ready "Symmetrical," and the funk-infused "Fake Future" and "Freezer Burn."

Stone says the album's title reflects the introspective nature of its lyrics. "The radius is the center point of a circle and my radius is my heart," he says. "So this record is really about what I was going through at the time I was writing it and addressing that.

"I was raised in a situation where negative emotions weren't discussed," Stone says. "You didn't talk about your feelings. Human beings need to express what they're feeling. Art and music has always been an outlet for me to express myself."

On "Perfect World," for instance, Stone sings about love rising above fear. …

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