CLEVELAND, OH - John Oates, half of the best-selling duo of all time, Daryl Hall & John Oates, is coming to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for a special event on Sunday, May 21. Oates will chat with fans, perform a short acoustic set, and sign copies of his new book, Change of Seasons.
A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Oates embarked on a long-awaited solo career in 1999. He has since recorded five solo albums and the 2015 DVD docu-concert Another Good Road. Influenced by R&B and folk music while growing up near Philadelphia, he was named a BMI Icon in 2008 and founded the 7908: The Aspen Songwriters Festival in 2010.
In 2016, Hall & Oates received a star on the Hollywood of Fame. In addition to his ongoing tour schedule with Daryl Hall, playing sold out shows around the world, Oates recently collaborated with Wolfgang Gartner for the EDM track “Baby Be Real,” as well as, The Time Jumpers on an original holiday single “Santa Be Good to Me.” Daryl Hall & John Oates are co-headlining a North American arena tour this summer with Tears for Fears.
In a candid interview at 1:00 p.m. in Foster Theater, Oates will reveal surprising stories from his musical partnership with Daryl Hall (“She’s Gone”, “Private Eyes”, “Rich Girl”), his solo career, and dive into other stories from his memoir, Change of Seasons.
Oates will also discuss his 2014 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and how his sound was shaped by the early days of rock and roll, traditional American folk and blues and the soul sounds of the Philadelphia streets. Dr. Jason Hanley, Vice President of Education and Visitor Engagement for the Rock Hall, will lead the discussion.
After the interview, Oates will perform a short acoustic set, playing some of his favorite tunes for fans in the intimate theater. Concluding the day, fans will get a chance to meet Oates during a book signing of his memoir, Change of Seasons, at 3 p.m. in the FYE store inside the Rock Hall.
In Change of Seasons, Oates candidly shares his life story, including his lifelong passion for music, his childhood years in New York City and, later, in the suburbs of Philadelphia, the development of his friendship and musical partnership with Daryl Hall, and his experiences as part of one of the most successful duos in pop music history.
The memoir is based on the handwritten journals that Oates has been keeping since the day he graduated college in 1970. Co-written with music journalist Chris Epting, the book comes packaged with a five-track companion CD featuring original and traditional songs that illustrate the stories he tells in the book, including a live version of "Maneater." For more on John Oates, please visit www.JohnOates.com.
Advance tickets are required for the 1:00 p.m. live interview and performance in Foster Theater. Tickets are $10 and on sale to Rock Hall members at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, and to the public on Thursday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at ticketing.rockhall.com. The book signing at 3 p.m. is free with the purchase of Oates’ book from the FYE store. Books are available while supplies last.
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