Daryl Hall & John Oates – Big Bam Boom Tour – Mid-South Coliseum – Memphis, TN
It is hard to believe that this concert took place 35 years ago. I was living in and running two radio stations in Tupelo, Ms in 1985. Was there a bigger band in the 80’s than Hall & Oates?
I had been a fan of Hall & Oates for over 10 years and had seen them in concert three or four times in Detroit – I was a huge fan of their early lps – ‘War Babies’, produced by Todd Rundgren (and, I recommend any fan finds this and gives it a good listen), ‘Abandoned Luncheonette’ and ‘Bigger Than The Both of Us’ – after ‘Beauty On A Back Street’ I kind of lost interest in their super pop hits approach to their lps and had stayed away from attending any shows.
Hall & Oates were ‘MTV Darlings’. The video age propelled this group into history – The biggest selling duo of all time. This was a MTV production and I figured it be a great production. So, I had the chance to go see them – it would be a tough show – It was Memphis on a Tuesday evening – that makes for a tough work day on Wednesday. But it had been nearly ten years since I had seen them. The Big Bam Boom lp had just been released and I like this album. Not sure, why – maybe it was the way the lp starts with the energy of ‘Dance On Your Knees’ – however – I secured a couple of comp tickets and off to Memphis I went.
And, I was glad that I did. Though it was pretty much a live presentation of their MTV hits, it was a great show. There was only one song played from the catalog from the 70’s – Rich Girl, which started the whole ‘let do pop and get rich movement’
The concert was relatively short – only 15 songs – That didn’t bother as much as it might have at one time – it made the drive back to Tupelo much easier than I had anticipated.
I didn’t see them again until the mid 90’s when they played The Heymann Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette. They are currently on tour and do an incredible job. If you get the chance – treat yourself – they will have you dancing in your seat – Or – your knees.
- Dance On Your Knees
- Out Of Touch
- Family Man
- Rich Girl
- Kiss on My List
- Say It Isn’t So
- Possession Obsession
- You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
- I Can’t Go For That
- Art Of Heartbreak
- Method Of Modern Love
- Private Eyes
- Adult Education
- You Make My Dreams