Daryl Hall brought his Spring 2022 tour to The Met in Philadelphia last night promoting his new 2-CD collection of songs titled Before After, which features a selection of his solo material compiled by Daryl himself.
I have been to many Hall & Oates shows but somehow missed out on Daryl’s previous solo concerts through the years, so this was my first time seeing him on his own. It was not only an emotional night for me because of the fact that Daryl is one of my musical heroes, but also because I celebrated the night with my longtime best friend, Chris Mohr, who had been living on the west coast until recently moving back to New Jersey. We both turned 50 in 2021 but didn’t get to celebrate together due to the pandemic, so Daryl’s concert doubled as our belated 50th birthday celebration. Daryl and his band, along with Todd Rundgren, made the evening magical.
The evening opened with a great set from Rundgren backed by the Live From Daryl’s House band. Hall’s set was also fantastic, featuring songs from his solo albums such as “Dreamtime,” “I’m in a Philly Mood,” and lesser-known solo gems such as “Sacred Songs,” and “Babs and Babs” from his collaboration with Robert Fripp.
Hall and Rundgren shared the stage for three songs: Rundgren’s “Can We Still Be Friends,” the Hall & Oates classic “Wait For Me,” and “Expressway to Your Heart,” a cover of the Soul Survivors hit.
The night concluded with the Hall & Oates masterpiece “You Make My Dreams,” the mega hit which recently reached the historic milestone of one billion streams worldwide on streaming services. If you’d like to catch Daryl on tour this Spring, check out the tour dates below.
Here’s a little taste of the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtfYsz5nK3Q&lc=UgySRiPR4qVsGIiyWBV4AaABAg