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Classics: Hall & Oates/Tears For Fears Concert Review

I saw a phenomenal concert last night in Columbus, Ohio at the Schottenstein Center.
I saw for the first time Daryl Hall and John Oates, or better known as Hall & Oates, and Tears For Fears.
I never thought I would ever see either one of these, but I’m glad I did.
Singer/guitarist Allen Stone opened the show with a 3 song set, with no band. He sang and played well.
Tears For Fears then came on shortly afterward, and just blew me away!!
The main guys in Tears For Fears, singer/guitarist Roland Orzabal and singer/guitarist Curt Smith, are still amazing and they have a great group of people in their band.
Their keyboard player is even an Ohio State University alumni.
I love the fact that they opened with arguably their biggest song ever, Everybody Wants To Rule The World.
Some would think that’s weird, but I love it, because it sets the tone for the evening.
To me, it says “Hey, here is our biggest hit, and now, here is the rest of the show and enjoy.”
And boy, did I enjoy.
They totally blew me away, so much so, that I finally bought their 6 albums last night when I got home.
They have a new album coming, and I can’t wait to buy it, as well.
Roland was quite funny, saying he had never seen so many Exit signs in his life at this venue (there were many).
He also told a story about being in Columbus in the 80s and had some “French Onion Soup” to combat some laryngitis he had at the time.
I can’t say enough about how great they are.
Seek them out.
They have other phenomenal songs, besides Everybody Wants To Rule The World.
And to add to the night, I saw Hall & Oates!!
I’ve been a fan of theirs for many years, but I just never got around to seeing them.
I’m glad I finally did.
Daryl Hall and John Oates, to me, are a musical institution.
They have hit songs and albums for weeks.
Both are still great. And their band is off the charts.
Their band is essentially the band Daryl uses for his Live At Daryl’s House TV show. If you’ve never seen it, look it up. Daryl and the band play with many different musical artists.
They basically played most of their hits as well as a few deep cuts.
So all in all, I had another great night at another great concert.
On a side note: I was unaware last night of the terrorist attack that occurred at the Ariana Grande concert.
I’m saddened beyond belief at what happened and for the people who lost their lives and were hurt at something that was/is supposed to be fun.
I don’t get on a soapbox a lot, but here I go: as you probably know, I go to many concerts.
And at past shows, including last night at the Ariana Grande show, terrible things have happened.
Luckily, I have never been to a show where I got hurt or saw anyone die. And I hope I never do.
After Dimebag Darrell’s murder on stage in Columbus at another venue on December 8, 2004, I have always been aware that something bad could happen at a show.
But honestly, anything bad could happen if you’re at home. Or anywhere.
So what I will say is this: live your life the best way you can and have fun when you can.
Don’t let things like this scare you to the point where you isolate yourself and do nothing.
If you want to go a concert or some event, go.
I do.
And I’m going to continue to do it until I decide otherwise.
I’m not going to let terror rule my life.
Nor should you.
Okay, off my soapbox.
But again, my sincere condolences to the people who lost their lives.
And to end this on a positive note, I had a great time seeing two bands that I admire very much.
And I have more shows to go to.
At least until 2018. Then maybe I’ll stop. Or maybe not. We’ll see.
Love and Peace to all in the world.

Hall & Oates Set List:

  1. Family Man (Mike Oldfield cover)
  2. Maneater
  3. Out of Touch
  4. Say It Isn’t So
  5. Did It In A Minute
  6. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (The Righteous Brothers cover)
  7. One On One
  8. She’s Gone
  9. Sara Smile
  10. Wait For Me
  11. Is It A Star
  12. I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)
  13. Encore:  Rich Girl
  14. Kiss On My List
  15. Private Eyes
  16. You Make My Dreams Come True

Tears For Fears Set List:

  1. Everybody Wants To Rule The World
  2. Secret World
  3. Sowing The Seeds Of Love
  4. Advice For The Young At Heart
  5. Everybody Loves A Happy Ending
  6. Change
  7. Mad World
  8. Memories Fade
  9. Creep (Radiohead cover)
  10. Break It Down Again
  11. Head Over Heels
  12. Encore:  Shout

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