Hall and Oats are not new to Toronto, but you would have thought they hadn’t been here in decades by the reception fans gave them. They knew well enough that we would wait a song or two for something so familiar that it feels like a part of your DNA. Opening with Mike Oldfield’s Family Man gave us something to get up and move to and was a great warm-up for Maneater, one of their six Billboard #1’s – we were into it. They then bounced us back to 1984 for Out of Touch from Big, Bam, Boom. then jumped back another decade to 1975 with the highly singable Say It Isn’t So from their self titled album.
Like Tears for Fears before them, they fitted in a great cover of the The Righteous Brothers, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.
Some oldies and goodies followed – One on One, She’s Gone, (personal favourite) Sara Smile, Is It a Star and finally I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do).
For their encore they rolled through four more of their number one hits – Rich Girl, Kiss on My List, Private Eyes and wrapping it up with You Make My Dreams.
They played hits to keep us into the show and they satisfied our desire for more with four great encores. When you’ve sold more than 40 million records spanning five decades and are the third top selling duo in history, you can’t play them all, but they tried.