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:: Hall & Oates - Live in Dublin

Daryl Hall & John Oates have been one of the most successful music duos in history. They are a beloved pair of Philadelphians who have enthralled worldwide audiences for decades. How one of music’s most enduring duos managed to leave Ireland off their touring itinerary for more than 40 years is astounding. In fact, it’s a “why?” question the duo ask themselves frequently throughout this DVD which was filmed in July 2014. Though they don’t have a straight answer, and one thing’s for sure: this won’t be the last time Hall & Oates take the Olympia Theatre by storm, but it’ll be the last time they take it for granted.

The brotherly soul that still exists between both Hall and Oates is palpable. With his leather jacket and flowing blond mane, Hall exudes every bit the confident frontman, as Oates smiles behind his guitars and interjects the perfect level of harmony on each tune. The duo keeps their set to a relatively tight 111 minutes, but fortunately, it’s chock full of their most popular songs. From the slinky “Maneater” to the more upbeat “Out of Touch” to the not as common mega-hit “Say It Isn’t So,” Hall gives this set his passionate all despite masking his eyes behind shades for the show’s duration. Oates, meanwhile, plugs away at his electric guitar and provides a dynamic complement to his bandmate’s swagger.

This is a performance worthy of the duo’s Gamble and Huff era, especially when the pair goes into an extended version of “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” which is filled here with call-and-response between duo and band and a mighty wail of a sax solo. “Do What You Want, Be What You Are” proves another pleasant surprise, while “Family Man” gets slowed down to something more sensual than controversial. Great to hear the wonderful “She's Gone” in the middle of the set, plus probably their best song “Kiss On My List” is a real treat for the fans near the end of the show.

Overall, this is a stunning set of classics with a few lesser known and surprisingly strong songs thrown in. ‘Live in Dublin’ is a great concert DVD, well shot, a responsive crowd (who appear to sing along to everything) and a band of sublime power. It’s clear that over the years neither Hall nor Oates powers have diminished at all. The DVD has it all: a memorable night, a great set-list and a sublime performance: more than enough reasons to invest and also to revisit that lengthy back-catalogue. It's no wonder that Daryl Hall and John Oates are the number one selling duo in music history.

1) Maneater 2) Out Of Touch 3) Say It Isn’t So 4) Family Man 5) It’s Uncanny 6) Back Together Again 7) Las Vegas Turnaround 8) She’s Gone 9) Sara Smile 10) Do What You Want, Be What You Are 11) I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) 12) Rich Girl 13) You Make My Dreams 14) Kiss On My List 15) Private Eyes

DVD Extras

Interviews with Daryl Hall and John Oates.