Hall & Oates prove Marquee draw for final night

Hall & Oates prove Marquee draw for final night
Daryl Hall & John Oates on stage at Live at the Marquee 2019. Picture: Miki Barlok.

You’d have thought that Ireland had filled its 80s nostalgia quota this week alone. Stranger Things season 3 and its references to the decade of excess streamed just last Thursday.

Meanwhile, at the weekend, perms, scrunchies and fingerless gloves were the dress code as Forever Young brought 80s icons from Holly Johnson to Kim Wilde to Kildare.

But there was more to come.

We still had Hall & Oates at the Marquee to look forward to. Fresh from their performance at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens, they stopped off in Cork for the final night of the Marquee.

The hits come quick and fast - it’s no surprise from a band that has sold more albums than any other duo in history. Once upon a time these two men headlined Live Aid - taking centrestage in 1985 in a line up that included Madonna and Dylan.

Maneater is the opener, later there’s Out of Touch, Private Eyes, I Can’t Go For That.

“Thank you for coming, Cork,” shouts Daryl Hall after the opening number, peering into the crowd, “this is great. I can see y’all. We’ll play lots of songs for you tonight.”

He delivers on his promise. It’s a roll call of the MT USA videos we poured over every Sunday afternoon.

With their mullets, Miami Vice rolled up sleeves, shoulder pads, soft focus videos, they were revered in the 80s.

Later, embarrassed by the decade, critics sneered at them - before we came full circle again, falling back in love with the decade, and bands, of our youth. So it’s no surprise that the crowd go wild for these 80s pop icons.

In their 70s now they take to the stage in leather jackets, coiffed hair still intact. And what a show they deliver.

Hall’s voice is certainly hoarser than his hey day. But this is slick, taut and perfectly rehearsed - there are flashes of spontaneity, knowing looks cast between two men that have worked together for more than five decades, as they veer off script.

The backing band is polished, the smooth sax sharing the limelight with the duo. These are 80s songs, after all.

The crowd can’t get enough.

Hall & Oates are no longer a guilty pleasure. And judging from the reaction in the Marquee, Cork can go for that.

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