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Interview:
Hall & Oates and Train at Little Caesars, 5 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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For Daryl Hall & John Oates, a spring tour with Train is a match made in heaven.

And Train’s Pat Monahan feels the same way.

The two groups are not only touring in tandem but playing together as well, performing their own hour-long sets before joining forces for a late-show mini-set that features Monahan singing hits with Hall & Oates. The association has also resulted in “Philly Forget Me Not,” the first new song from Hall & Oates in 15 years, which was co-written and recorded with Monahan, a fellow Pennsylvanian.

A good time, as they say, is being had by all, and that’s as evident on the phone as it is on stage...

• The joint tour, Monahan says, is “based on how easy it is to communicate with both Daryl and John,” who he’s worked with individually in the past, “and how much I love their music. It’s going to be a great time.” Hall feels the same way and says the collaborative portion of the show is particularly welcome. “It’s just a lot of fun,” Hall, 71, says. “It’s very fulfilling. It’s my favorite thing to do in the world, and now I can do that on stage with John and it also sets a place for me to be able to do it on my own as well, with guests. So it works in every way.”

• “Philly Forget Me Not” came about during pre-tour discussions between Hall and Monahan. “I was listening to some tracks, possibly to work on with Daryl, and then I just kind of made up my own thing with a couple of friends and Daryl helped me finish it,” says Monahan, 49, who’s worked with both Hall and Oates before. “I think it sounds like a Hall & Oates song, personally. Writing with a guy like (Hall), who has all that talent and has lasted and has written hits and hits, I just knew that was going to be fun.”

• Hall says the new track affirms something. It confirms my feeling that the Daryl Hall & John Oates brand is as strong as it is. Pat’s on here, but everybody is saying this is a Hall & Oates record, and that’s the power of the brand and that makes me very proud because I’ve worked on that for many years. This is something I really care about.”

• Don’t look for “Philly Forget Me Not” to lead to more Hall & Oates material, however. “A doesn’t lead to B here,” Hall explains. “John and I don’t have the kind of relationship now where we would do anything in an album format. That’s a completely different concept. People ask me all the time, but I don’t see it. But that doesn’t preclude the idea of doing one-off things like we just did. I think that’s fine, and it’s interesting to talk about that.” Oates, 70, adds that he considers Hall & Oates “like visiting a great museum. The songs just don’t go away. They don’t get old. They don’t sound dated. I love to go to a museum; You walk around and see all these incredible things. But you don’t want to live there. You want to visit and enjoy it for awhile and then go. That’s kind of what Hall & Oates is to me.”

• Monahan says Train’s next trip is a greatest hits album in the near future, with some new material. “I’ve always been anti-greatest hits because it seems like that’s when you enter the heritage band age, and I’ve always feared that,” he says. “But in the age of streaming I think it makes things simpler for a listener to be able to go to a greatest hits of anybody; It makes it so they don’t have to search so hard for that thing they’re looking for. We’ll add a couple songs, as people do, and hopefully people will hear this new (single) quite a lot, too.”



If You Go:

• Daryl Hall & John Oates, Train and Kandace Springs

• 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

• Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

• Tickets are $49.50-$129.50.

• Call 313-471-7000 or visit 313Presents.com.



Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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