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Hall and Oates give Reno their greatest hits (Subscriber Content)


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John Lennon and Paul McCartney met when a mutual friend brought Paul to a performance that John’s band was giving at a church event on a flatbed truck. Daryl Hall and John Oates met at a band competition where gunfire broke out and they both ran to the same hiding place. You never know where partnerships will begin.

Hall and Oates, the best selling music duo in history, played at the Reno Events Center Thursday night (Sept. 12) to an ecstatic crowd that was on their feet for the better part of the evening.

It started off with a Casey Kasem radio clip announcing their hits, one after another. Then they came to the stage played their hits, one after another, starting off with Maneater off of their 1982 album, H2O. They wasted no time in getting the audience on their feet and dancing.

The only down side of the show was the acoustics of the venue. The Events Center is known to be a bit of an echo hall. My experience is that if you are sitting on the main floor, it’s not too bad. The closer you are the better, but around the edges of the room it gets pretty boomy and hard to hear anything clearly, and that’s where I was.

Daryl’s voice is still amazing. He belted out lyrics and scatted flawlessly. He did all the talking throughout the show too. I don’t recall John talking at all, but that’s okay. You don’t have to be the spokesman to be amazing. His harmonies and guitar playing continue to make the duo what it is.

They ended the set with I Can’t Go For That, and came back to encore with a mminisetof some of their hugest hits – Rich Girl, Kiss on My List, Private Eyes, and You Make My Dreams Come True. It was a very tight and professionally presented show all the way around, with plenty of enthusiasm and excitement in the room. I think they may have made a few dreams come true.

After their chance meeting at the shootout in Philadelphia in 1967 they formed their own band together, and were for a time ‘local music’. Remember to support local music. You never know who will leave their mark on the world.


Out of Touch
Adult Education
Method of Modern Love
Say it Isn’t So
One on One
You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling (cover)
She’s Gone
Sara Smile
Is It a Star
I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)

Rich Girl
Kiss on My List
Private Eyes
You Make My Dreams Come True


  • Daryl Hall – Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards
  • John Oats – Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards
  • Charles DeChant – saxophone, flute, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Brian Dunne – drums, percussion
  • Eliot Lewis – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Klyde Jones – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Porter Carroll – percussion, backing vocals
  • Shane Theriot – guitars, backing vocals
Nick McCabe
Nick McCabe
Nick McCabe is a Reno-based photojournalist and musician. He’s been shooting concerts in the Reno-Tahoe area since 2006 and writing articles and reviews since 2012, as well as doing interviews on occasion. His musical education and playing experience goes back to 1967. He is a founding member of the Reno Tahoe Forte’ Awards, and he still plays music locally for enjoyment. First concert: Jimi Hendrix. Last concert: we’ll see.