Sorry I’ve been away for a while, but I haven’t been motivated to blog about anything in particular…until now. FE and I saw Hall and Oates in concert recently at the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City. We also saw Phil Collins in Philly but that’s a blog for another time. I have to say Hall and Oates was a far better concert, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, Phil was great, but H & O put on a better show.
The venue had a lot to do with it. This was my first time at the Hard Rock since I believe it just opened recently. I can’t comment on the casino itself since we went directly to the concert and left when it was over. It is an intimate venue and we sat in section 206 on the aisle. We were about 10 rows in on the raised portion, which worked out well because we could see everything and didn’t have to stand the entire time (like attendees on the floor had to do).
The show itself was very well done. It was entertaining and H & O’s voices sounded amazing. They opened with Maneater, which is not one of my favorites, but it was a great way to get the crowd going. My favorite thing about the show was that you can really tell that these two enjoy what they’re doing, and it doesn’t seem like a job to them. Also, they are versatile in their voices and also the instruments they play. Hall changed guitars several times and ran over to the piano to play that and sing, and then ran over to the keyboard and played that. It was just an all around great time.
My favorite performances were Sara Smile and Say it Isn’t So. Hall played the piano for the first and Oates joined him on guitar. It was more of an a cappella performance, unlike the other songs, which really highlighted their voices. I was disappointed in “She’s Gone”, which is my favorite song by them, only because the music seemed to overpower their voices.
The last song we heard was I Can’t Go for That, since we left before the encore to avoid the crowds (I know, I’m getting old lol). That was also very well done, with a solo by the saxophonist at the end.
This was H & O’s only night in the area, but I highly recommend checking them out if you can.