Classic music ruled the night as Hall and Oats brought their signature east coast soul rock to a packed Xcel Energy Center Monday night. Supporting them were 80’s icons Squeeze, who brought their own brand of unique rock.
Squeeze opened the night with a funky fast, synth assault version of “Take Me I’m Yours” from Babylon and On. Singer/Guitarist Glenn Tillbrook looked as put together as ever in a suit and tie, as he lead the seven member group through hit after hit. The band was backed by colorful beach scenes for “Pulling Mussels (From The Shell). Writing partner Chris Difford, who looked pretty dapper himself, took the lead to sing “Cool For Cats” toward the end of the set. Their set wound down with “If I Didn’t Love You’ and “Black Coffee In Bed” before turning over the stage. It was a fantastic collection of songs, and perfect segue to Hall and Oats.
Hall And Oats took a cue from Squeeze and started off their set in the 80’s, opening with a rocking version of “Maneater” and an extended, jammy version of “Out Of Touch”. “ Method Of Modern Love” was one of the best tunes of the night, the band gave the X a super funky version. After a quick cover song, the boys got down to business with a soulful version of She’s Gone” that could make the bluebird of happiness weep.
The communal spirt that is live music turned the Xcel Energy Center into a giant sing a long, and while they paid for seats, very few used them Monday night.
Setlist: Maneater – Out Of Touch – Method Of Modern Love – Say It Isn’t So – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – She’s Gone – Sara Smile – Is It A Star – Back Together Again – I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) – Rich Girl – Kiss On My List – Private Eyes – You Make My Dreams Come True