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Interview:
Hall & Oates Bringing The Holiday Spirit
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Daryl Hall & John Oates plan to play their entire “Home For Christmas” album for fans at the Fox Theatre this weekend — and then some.

Hall says the duo of veteran hitmakers is including another song called “Take Christmas Back,” which was written for the album but was cut from the final track list.

“If it’s possible to have a political song and still be a Christmas song, that’s what it is,” says Hall, 61. “It’s about the idea that sometimes going forward means going back.

“A lot of it references how things have gone (downhill) in the United States. The song opens with an image from my childhood — the village church I used to go to now is in the midst of a housing development. It’s a bit bitter and a bit looking back and saying, ‘Why can’t we take the best of what was and put it into the future?’ ”

Hall hopes to release the song in some fashion before the end of the year, but he says Hall & Oates aren’t working on any other new material at the moment. Instead he’s concentrating on “Live From Daryl’s House,” a monthly Internet Web cast (www.livefromdarylshouse. com) from one of the colonial homes in Connecticut that he’s refurbishing. Hall and his band will be joined by a variety of guests — matchbox twenty’s Rob Thomas, Gym Class Heroes’ Travis McCoy, the Flight of the Conchords and, of course, Oates — and he says the project, which premieres a new episode on the 15th of each month, is laying the seeds for a new album of his own.

“I debut a new song every month,” Hall explains. “At the end of the year, I’ll have 12 new songs, and that will be a solo album. So right now, I’m really pretty busy with that. There’s no immediate plans on doing anything with John, but who knows.”



Daryl Hall & John Oates perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 1) at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $25-$75. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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