Words & Photos by M.J. Rawls
Pop-Break Live: Hall & Oates at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ
Chances are, you know at least one Hall & Oates song. Ok – maybe at least two. A 40+ year career in music is something to be marveled – where music is so good, its spilled into hip hop samples and GTA: Vice City radio stations. The duo has had a plethora of hits that span through generations. At the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ, this was a more generational show that one might think. Some parents brought their children along – a split of elementary and college aged kids to almost get a glimpse of the music they listened to back in their heyday. Perhaps, there were little arguments of who had the best era of music. The show also served at the perfect date night for older couples – the weather was just right as the night fell.
The band did not wait anytime getting into the hits – starting off with their 1982 hit, “Maneater” and into “Out of Touch.” This was one show were fans turned into their own personal karaoke machine singing every word and looking into each others eyes – giving hugs when every chorus hit. The band slowed the tempo down with “She’s Gone” and “Sara Smile” towards the middle of the set. As the mood changed, fans settled in their seats as a couple lighters came in the air to commemorate the temporary style change. Soon after, the band plugged on with “Rich Girl” and “Private Eyes.” If you did not know when the right time to clap during “Private Eyes,” there were plenty of people around you willing to help.
The thing with watching older bands with a storied history is that they do their shows like a well-oiled machine. There is room for improvisation, but for the most part, they stick to what fans know and love the most. Hall & Oates were in their prime where music was considered “timeless” and given the wide variety of fans – that will be true for years to come.
Hall & Oates Setlist
Maneater (with ‘Beanie G. and the Rose Tattoo’ intro)
Out of Touch
Say It Isn’t So
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (The Righteous Brothers cover)
Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song)
Wait for Me
I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)
You Make My Dreams
Kiss on My List
The Twist (Hank Ballard and The Midnighters cover) (with Chubby Checker)
Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) (The Delfonics cover)