It was a night of reminiscing as we revisited yesteryear with the plentiful hits of Daryl Hall and John Oates with special guests, Squeeze.
Initially, this show was scheduled for last year, and then KT Tunstall had to drop out of the lineup due to health reasons. Then on the day of the show, a close-by storm delayed the gates opening. It was feeling like the concert gods were trying to stop this one from happening. Not this time! The show must go on, and we’re glad it did.
First up were special guests, British rockers Squeeze. Getting the evening’s schedule back on track, they promptly started their set as the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre gradually filled. Their set included songs dating all the way back to their early days in the 70s with hits such as “Tempted” and “Cool for Cats.” The seven-piece filled the Tinley Park stage as the large screen behind them sprang to life and added a visual aspect to the performance.Prior to the headliners taking to the stage, the amphitheater’s screens projected performances taken from episodes of Daryl’s House. This helped to build excitement in the crowd, not that it was needed. As the lights go down, the large screen at the back of the stage was filled with clips of some of their biggest hits spanning their lengthy careers. As Daryl Hall & John Oates took to the stage, the place was filled with screams and cheers from the excited audience.
The number of hits this duo has had across their career is nothing short of staggering. The show’s setlist was crammed full of as many hits as they could possibly fit in. They kicked off the night with “Maneater,” followed by “Out of Touch.” These two songs had everyone on their feet and singing along, which continued on throughout the night. The audience’s vocal cords were truly warmed up by the time they performed a cover of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” which was made famous by The Righteous Brothers. It’s such a contagious song that you can’t help but sing along and maybe reenact your favorite Top Gun moments.
As they performed “Sara’s Smile,” members of the audience showed their appreciation by taking to their feet and dancing along to the smooth, soulful tune. The duo headed into the encore with a performance of the golden oldie hit, “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” which raised the excitement levels once again. But that wasn’t the end. There was still time for more songs, including “Rich Girl” and “Private Eyes” before the night was rounded out with an extended version of “You Make My Dreams.”
It was a night full of nostalgia and hits, and it was great to see people of all ages there enjoying the classic songs that still get to live on thanks to nights like these.DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES
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