Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentA little over three decades after their last headlining performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Daryl Hall & John Oates returned to the stage Friday night to wow a sold-out crowd who were transported back to the 70’s and 80’s, thanks to the hits that made the pair the number one-selling musical duo of all time.

Starting from the duo’s opening number, “Out Of Touch,” through classics like “Maneater,” “Did It In A Minute,” and “Say It Isn’t So,” the audience were up and dancingo the beat. When Hall couldn’t quite reach some of the notes he did back in the day, thousands of fans helped him fill in the vocal blanks. Another trick, which added an edge to the performance, was Hall’s soulful, spoken-word repetition of choruses, with some ad libbing for effect. At times, Hall, as well as John Oates, seemed to enjoy jamming on and performing the songs, rather than singing them.

After ten songs, the duo left the stage for a few minutes, but returned for a ten-minute jam session featuring “I Can’t Go for That,” and “Rich Girl,” of which more than 50% of the song was enthusiastically sung by the audience.

They were off again after a second standing ovation, and some of the crowd started to leave, thinking the venue had just forgotten to turn the lights on. Instead, Daryl and John returned for a version of the Delfonics’ Philly Soul classic “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” during which they were joined by their opening acts, Mayer Hawthorne and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

Overall, the fans, some of whom paid upwards of $500 for scalper seats, went home thrilled by the duo’s performance, and as they as they slowly left the arena, many were already recounting each and every moment of the 90-minute show, and singing and whistling the lyrics of the songs that made them feel great back then, and still satisfied today.

Those who didn’t make it to the Garden can check out Daryl and John on their summer tour, which kicks off May 13 in Dallas, TX.

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