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Hall & Oates still do it for love of working together

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Daryl Hall and John Oates haven’t released a new album since 2006’s “Home For Christmas,” and there’s been no set of all-new material since “Do It For Love” in 2003.

And, Hall says, it’s likely to stay that way.

“We don’t have any plans,” says Hall, 64, who joined forces with Oates in 1969 and went on to sell 60 million albums and score two dozen Top 40 hits. “We’re very busy with our own lives. We have always been very separate people. We’ve recorded together, obviously, for years and years, but at this point in our lives we feel more compelled to be ourselves.”

Oates, in fact, released his third solo studio album, “Mississippi Mile,” earlier this year, while Hall is readying his fifth, a set called “Laughing Down Crying,” to come out this fall. It will be his first outing since “Can’t Stop Dreaming,” which came out in 1999 internationally and 2003 in the U.S., and is, according to Hall, “a very aggressive album.”

“It’s relatively stripped down,” says Hall, who also keeps busy with his monthly Internet — and soon to be broadcast TV — performance series “Live From Daryl’s House.”

“It’s got a lot of heart. It deals with a pretty intense emotional landscape, I think, and stylistically I’d call it sort of the box set of my mind. There are elements from the early days of my writing all the way through today.

“And they’re very adaptable for live playing. The ‘Daryl’s House’ thing has made me into a live musician even more than I ever was, and even in the way I record, so I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

Daryl Hall & John Oates perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at SoundBoard in the Motor City Casino, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $53 and $48. Call 313-309-4700 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.

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