Daryl Hall's 'House' show hits the road
As a solo artist and half of Hall & Oates, Daryl Hall has been performing onstage for 40 years. But these days, fans are just as likely to see him performing at home on his Web and TV series "Live from Daryl's House."
In the five years since he started the show, he has played host to legends like Smokey Robinson as well as current acts like Fitz & the Tantrums.
Now, he's taking "Live from Daryl's House" on the road, with soul singers Sharon Jones and Allen Stone and chef Tony Luke as his guests.
amNewYork spoke with Hall.
Where did you get the idea for Live from Daryl's house? The first Live from Daryl's House was the Live at the Apollo show with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick [of the Temptations] back in 1985. A lightbulb went off in my head. I love to interact and perform with others, but I wanted to take it off the stage and show what it's like when we're not performing. I wanted to capture the way people sit around with friends, play music, share war stories, drink wine and eat food.
Is it hard to translate that into a concert setting? The challenge is making the audience feel like they're not part of the audience, but part of what's happening onstage. It's almost a nonperformance, with lots of talking, tuning up, stops and starts.
Are you going to have Tony Luke cook for everyone? That's not really practical. We'll have him do a segment that we'll put on the screen. Then he'll have a truck outside that we'll give people vouchers for.
Why do you think Hall & Oates' music has made a comeback in recent years? I think kids like to be eclectic in their music. I have teenagers and they like all kinds of music - from the '40s, the '60s, R&B, the Arctic Monkeys. They seem to like melodic things, and there's a natural acceptance for hybridization and soul music that was revolutionary when I started out.
If you go: "Live from Daryl's House" is at Beacon Theatre onSaturday at 8 p.m., 2124 Broadway, 212-465-6500, $54.50 - $125