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John Oates, of Hall & Oates, remembers wild times on tour and explains why they are not working on a new album

Daryl Hall and John Oates Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA June 7, 2018 ©Stuart M Berg Daryl Hall – Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals John Oates – Guitars, Vocals Pat Monahan – Vocals Charels DeChant – Saxophone, Keyboards, Vocals, Eliot Lewis – Keyboards, Vocals, Klyde Jones – Bass, Vocals Shane Theriot – Guitars, Vocals Porter Carroll Jr – Percussion, Vocals Brian Dunne – Drums

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John Oates and Daryl Hall became a household name in the early 1970s and almost four decades after their rise to fame, the dynamic duo is still rocking out to their biggest hits and are on tour again. Although the times have changed, for Oates, the unpredictable experience of touring has, for the most part, remained the same. The iconic artist opened up to Fox News about some of his wildest moments on the road, social media is a new influence on the industry and the reason why he “highly doubts” Hall & Oates will drop a new album.

“Being on tour is crazy in itself,” Oates said he tried trying to recall some of his more bizarre experiences. “There is already so much. I don’t even know where to begin. We got caught in a tornado in Memphis once on the stage began to fall and we had to go down from the stage and the nature of the escape from a park.”

He then informed me a terrifying out-of-phase moment that stuck with him.

“We have been robbed under the threat of a gun in Australia back in the early days. That is just the tip of the iceberg.”

The rock-and-roll veteran said touring is a way of life for him and Hal.

Daryl Hall and John Oates perform during their recent Boston show.

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“We never really stop touring,” he said. “We are on tour in being since 1972. We took a couple of years in the early 90’s, but even then we have played shows. So, it’s just something we do – it’s a lifestyle.”

And despite the fact that in the music game for more than 30 years, the 70-year-old said when it comes to rpm, not much has changed – apart from the technology.

“In some ways, it is very much of the same and in some ways, it is different because the technology has changed and travel has become more problematic and more of a hassle. It’s just boring actually,” he joked. “The two hours on stage is what makes it all worth it.”

With new technology came the birth of social media, which now dominate force for the music promotion. And while Oates said he and Hall jumped on the social media bandwagon to keep up with the time, he admitted that he did not exactly care for the current obsession.

“I think everyone is involved with social media now. It is a fact of life. Personally I don’t care,” he explained. “I’m not wrapped up in people know every little minutia of my life. For me, that is stupid. What matters to me is things to [off] about the band and what we are doing, but in terms of sharing intimate moments of my life and every little thing, that is not important to me.”

Celebrating the birthday of Hall & Oates, the first single, Rich Girl, by watching a rare video of Daryl & John on our Facebook page. #HallandOates #RichGirl

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And when it comes to the celebrities with their social platforms to share, political opinions, the rocker said he does not think that the fans should be looking to the stars to help them craft their own views.

“I think that everyone should think for themselves and be informed about the problems in the world and form your own opinion and keep it,” he said.

Oates added: “As someone popular or someone that people are paying attention to wants to share their thoughts with the fans and with the people, that is their privilege. If you are in one of the following celebrity, just because they believe in a certain issue or a certain person and you go do that, too, just because they do it, I think that is a bit silly.”

Since going back on tour and share the stage with bands such as Tears for Fears, and currently, Pat Monahan and his band Train, Hall & Oates have gained a new wave of fans.

Although the classic band is focused on their best known hits during shows, during their arena tour with the Train, the duo performed a new single with Pat Monahan with the title, “Philly don’t Forget Me.”

2️⃣5️⃣ days until the tour begins! Your tickets and watch these three LIVE to perform their new single, ‘Philly’ Forget Me Not’, in a city comes to you! 📸 Rick Pauline

A post shared by Daryl Hall & John Oates (@hallandoatesofficial) on Apr 6, 2018 at 1:13pm PDT

“I love those guys,” Oates said of the Train. “I think they are a great band, great people, we thought it would be cool to work together with them on this tour, and it’s great to have something new on the radio, and the nature of the work together.”

If he’s not on the road touring as one half of Hall & Oates, “Rich Girl” singer said that some of the artists he enjoys working with most people in the blues and bluegrass genre. Prior to the meeting Hall, he was primarily a roots musician. Oates, who now lives in Nashville, said he decided to move to the south, to immerse himself in other kinds of music.

“I played a lot of blues and bluegrass,” Oates said. “When I moved to Nashville I realized, it was a whole community of people who were involved in that music, so re-stimulated my earliest influences and me back to those days.”

Inspired by the traditional, 1920’s blues and the charm of the southern shore of the Mississippi River, Oates left his most recent album, “Arkansas.” In addition to his solo-album, the famous artists also wrote a book, entitled “the Change of the Seasons: A Memoir,” which hit shelves in 2017. Oates said the book focused a lot on “the survival of the music business,” hit shelves in 2017, the singer told us that another, and another volume is in the works, he revealed.

But despite the presence of a solo-album and a new single, Hall & Oates, the singer said not to expect a new album of the famous duo anytime soon.

“I never say never, but I highly doubt it,” he said. “I don’t think there is any reason for us to make an album. I think that today, singles are really the most important. The creation of a single is a cool idea and we did that with ‘Philly’ Forget Me Not’,’ and we could do it, but there is no reason to make another album.”

Oates said while on the tour, he enjoys the singing of the hit songs that have “stood the test of time” with his long-time partner in rock and roll crime.

“As long as people are willing to come out and hear us and see us, I’m sure we will continue to do so until we don’t.”

You can find Morgan M. Evans on Twitter @themizfactor.

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