‘80s Nostalgia stole show at Hall & Oates in Montreal
Hall & Oates and Canada aren’t two things you normally put together, but the dynamic duo is a touring force these days and this time of year, a visit up north sounds like a good idea. Our Stuck in the ‘80s Montreal correspondent Peter Ryan was on hand for Tuesday’s show at the Bell Center. Here’s his review:
Montreal’s Bell Center was transformed from hockey arena into an intimate concert bowl setting Tuesday night as Hall & Oates made a triumphant return to a city that they had not visited in quite some time. And while the show was not quite a sell out, it exceeded all expectations.
Following an exceptionally strong opening by Mayer Hawthorne, who incarnated several ‘80s classics (not the least of which was an excellent acoustic version of the Family Ties theme), Daryl and John (sans mustache) took to the stage, with fans young and old delighted to see them once again. Their opening comprised of several classics from our favorite decade, notably 1984’s Out of Touch, Maneater, Did it in a Minute and a spectacular rendition of Say it Isn’t So.
Following this volley of ‘80s excellence, the boys from Philadelphia dove back into some of their earlier work, performing superb renditions of She’s Gone and Do What You Want, Be What You Are. However, they soon went back to their best decade of hits whipping the audience into a frenzy with I Can’t Go For That (in which Daryl engaged with the crowd to sing the chorus) to finish off a great set. Not satisfied, two encores were demanded by music-hungry fans, which comprised of Rich Girl, Make my Dreams Come True, Kiss on My List and a superb finale rendition of the all-time classic Private Eyes.
Daryl and John promised at the end that they would be back to Montreal soon, and as ‘80s fans savored the superb evening of music, fun and nostalgia, it can only be said that a repeat performance would be welcomed anytime.