Headliners at Chastain typically don’t start until 9 p.m. when many folks often straggle in at that time.
If they did so Friday night with Hall & Oates, they would have only caught about 30 minutes because the ’80s rock-soul duo actually started at about 8:04 p.m. Nope, they had no opening band.
Hall had said to me last week that it would be a more “intimate” set up. The result: he and his cohort Oates spent much of the time on stools, he with an acoustic guitar and Oates with an electric. The backdrop was of a faux brick wall, like they were in some tiny comedy club, rather than playing before 5,000-plus fans on a pleasantly windless spring night.
At past concerts at Chastain, Hall told the crowd, “there are thunderstorms or it’s really hot and muggy. This is perfect!”
The 15-song set included all their biggest hits, from “Private Eyes” to “Maneater,” plus three relatively obscure cuts (see the set list below). And to prove that Oates can sing, too, the formerly mustached man did a non-single cut from the “Voices” album.
Hall’s soulful voice has been untouched by time and for a man around 60 years old, he looked great, too. Wearing sunglasses, leather jacket, jeans and long hair, from afar, he could have easily transported himself back into a 1984 MTV video.
The six-piece band gave these often well-worn ditties a looser, more jazzy vibe. Hall would improvise, messing with the melodies a bit, keeping things fresh for himself and the crowd. Even the sing-along moments on songs such as “I Can’t Go For That” felt organic, not forced.
While the concert didn’t have a lot of “wow” moments, the casual vibe and clean sound made it all go down easy, an idyllic night under the stars with a glass of Chablis and brie cheese.
Here’s video from the encore featuring “Rich Girl”
1- Maneater (1982)
2- Family Man (1983)
3- Out of Touch (1984)
4- Say It Isn’t So (1983)
5- How Does It Feel to Be Back (1980)
6- Las Vegas Turnaround (1974)
7- It’s Uncanny (1977)
8- She’s Gone (1976)
9- One on One (1983)
10- Sara Smile (1976)
11- I Can’t Go For That (1981)
12- Rich Girl (1977)
13- You Make My Dreams (1980)
14- Kiss on My List (1981)
15- Private Eyes (1981)
Hit Hall & Oates songs they didn’t sing: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” “Did It in a Minute.” “Adult Education.” “Method of Modern Love.” “Everything Your Heart Desires.” “Wait For Me.”