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Joe from New Orleans, Louisiana
HALL & OATS
Very disappointed with the vocals of both Monahan & Hall. Monahan seemed off beat with the band and his highs were almost non-existent. To make matters worse he attempted to sing Black Dog by Led Zeppelin. If you can't reach the highs of your own songs don't be stupid enough to try and hit highs of one of the greatest male Rock singers ever (bad attempt. After this attempt he was finished for the rest of Train's set. Darrell Hall was not much better. He was off beat w/ mediocre highs. Interestingly Monahan came out and sang a few songs with Hall and his vocals were great (go figure). I rated the performance 3 stars because "it’s Hall & Oats" arguably the most successful ROCK Duo ever. I go to a lot of concerts and I have grown accustom to bands of my generation playing very précis Eagles, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Deaf Leopard, Rush, Creed, Nickelback, U2, Journey, etc. I expected Hall & Oats to be great and they weren’t. That said I did have fun but once is enough
S. Walker from Toronto, Ontario
TIME TO RETIRE
We came to see H@O and hear all of their hits. Train opened, and I only knew one of their songs or so I thought. Wow! What a performance. After Train finished their set II thought I’m glad I’m not Hall and Oates waiting to go on stage because how do you top that ? I give 5 stars to Train and 2 stars to H&O. It quickly became apparent that Hall and Oates are out of touch and not even worthy of being openers for Train. Like a punch drunk boxer who doesn’t know when to say, “It’s over!” For Hall and Oates, it’s time. Thanks for the memories.
Gordon Flett from Mississauga, Ontario
NOW I KNOW WHY THE LUNCHEONETTE WAS ABANDONED
My rating reflects the 4-5 stars I would give Pat Monahan and Train and the 1-2 stars I would give Hall and Oates. Others have commented on the sound problems for Hall and Oates. I have been to at least 50 ACC shows and it was the worst mix I have heard. Not the fault of the ACC because Train was crystal clear and largely spectacular. I can only assume that the sound mix for Hall and Oates was to try to mask vocal deficiencies due to not so graceful aging. If unintentional, then Hall & Oates should get new people. Given that some people in the bottom section paid top dollar (me being one of them) while other people bought much cheaper seats and were moved down to the bottom level, I think some Ticketmaster vouchers should be offered to those who paid top dollar, given the second half. We left with 4 songs to go even though we knew we were walking out on 4 very big Hall and Oates hits. It pains me to write this because I have loved Hall and Oates ever since I heard Sara Smile.
JC from Toronto, Ontario
TRAIN DOES NOT DISAPPOINT
Went to see Train and Hall n Oates at ACC last night. Seats were fantastic. The talented Kandace Springs opened, next came Train. This was my second time seeing Train perform. Although I LOVE TRAIN, the sound just wasn't right. Maybe it is the acoustics in ACC, maybe their sound engineer, at least Patrick Monahan's voice carried them through. He was engaging, the Zeppelin song was fantastic (WOW), and the Tom Petty tribute was perfect. Then Hall n Oats came on stage, and, I was at best underwhelmed. They sang many of their classics and the crowd wanted to rock along, but something was off. Can't put my finger on it. Still glad I went.
ToniF303 from Denver, Colorado
TRAIN SAVED THE DAY, HALL & OATS - NOT SO MUCH.
Opening act - Kandace Springs - the girl can sing and play a piano! Nice three piece band! Great job, Kandace! Train - WOW! Got the crowd on their feet! Lights, Stage, Sound - all first class. Patrick Monahan did a wonderful job interacting with the crowd! Hall and Oats - not sure if they should continue to tour after this. Could being on the road is a bit hard for them to handle. My problem was John Oats looked so bored and Dayal Hall was trying to save the night. Another issue I had was the selection of hits they played. And in one case, I had never heard that song before. I hate to say it, but I came to hear the classics.... all the hits, and maybe one new song. So - Train saved the day for me.
Lillywah from Seattle, Washington
TRAIN WAS THE ONLY BRIGHT SPOT
My husband has been a huge HAll and Oates fan for years and we have been to several concerts in the past. We took our adult kids for a family bucket list concert and were truly disappointed. I was bored after just a few songs. Agree with the other reviewers HAll seemed a little off, the band was so loud you could barely hear any lyrics and quite frankly I could even recognize some of the hit. Favorites. John Oates seems an afterthought unfortunately because when you can hear them they can harmonize so beautifully.
Jasper from Los Angeles, California
HALL AND OATES
I waited a week to write this review to see if I would feel differently about the horrible mix and performance of Hall and Oates at the Forum. Distorted loud bass, Oates guitar buried in the mix, Hall high as hell and singing off key, no sax in the mix until the 5th song. Hall yelling for 'the box!' to his crew after the first few songs. Used to love' Daryl's House.' Not anymore. Hall's attitude kills any good vibe and it looks painful to Oates. Train was great, good sound, although too low for the size of the venue. Seeing the H&O drums, keys and mike stands covered in black drapes behind the Train stage set up was pretty unprofessional.
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