Live Review: Hall & Oates, Train at the Sprint Center

My sister and dad have and always will be my go-to concert buddies. We’ve seen Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and so many more bands together. 

A couple weeks ago I thought “I wonder how much Hall & Oates tickets are?” So I checked the website and saw they were having a sale! Our seats were only 25 bucks each, and they were in pretty good position. They were on the side of the floor, only 13 rows away from the bottom. It would be a great view. 

So on the night of July 20th, we headed to the Sprint Center in Kansas City for the action... 

Hall & Oates Kansas City

The Train is at the station 

I’m not an avid Train fan, but I’m no stranger to their hits that have torn up top 40 radio since I was a kid. I wasn’t expecting much, but they delivered more than I could imagine.

It was a little after the beginning of their set, things were getting pretty fun… and then I heard it.

That sweet, tight guitar riff, that had my inner 14-year-old scratching at the surface of my soul. It was none other than Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog.”

Back when I was a tween and thought I was too cool for pop music, I pretty much only listened to Led Zeppelin. It was a big phase. I’m not a big "Led Head" as the way I was then, but I couldn’t help but go absolutely fucking nuts. It was a spot on cover. I can’t get it out of my head.

Hey, hey, mama, said the way you move

Gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove

I was losing my mind.

I’ve seen Led Zeppelin songs be covered before, but not like this. If Train decides to tour as a Led Zeppelin cover band, I’m hoping to as many shows as I can. 

Train Kansas City

They also performed a touching cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin.’” When Pat Monahan shouted, “let’s sing so loud that Tom can hear us!” I got chills. It was a wonderful tribute. Monahan really knows how to draw an audience in, keeping everyone enthused and involved in the music. 

They closed their set with “Drops of Jupiter,” which takes me back to my childhood. I mean, that song came out when I was barely 4-years-old. I remember singing it with my sister in the back seat when we were kids, and to have that moment again was profound. 

Here Come Hall & Oates

And then the moment we’ve all been waiting for… Hall & Oates entered the stage, kicking off the set with “Maneater,” my sisters favorite. 

I’m no musician, but as an audience member and fan, I was expecting a little more. It seemed that they attempted to modernize their music a little too much, that it kind of forgot the timeless and distinct sounds of their records. I guess I was expecting more synth or something. 

There was an obvious disconnection between the stage and the crowd. Perhaps there were some sound engineering complications and for that, many of their songs suffered. From my view, it seemed that the band was just going through the motions.

It wouldn't be too wild to suggest that Train had stolen the show, for their performance was obviously much more louder and clearer and it created an explosive crowd reaction.

Hall & Oates Kansas City

However, Charles DeChant, the saxophone player for Hall & Oates, continuously saved the day with his melodious solos. The saxophone is a force of nature, but De Chant knows how to tame it. His sax kept me enthralled, if anything. 

Regardless, my sister, dad and I bopped along anyway. Through hits like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,'” “She’s Gone,” and “I Can’t Go For That,” we created our own atmosphere. We’re not the kind of people to sit through a show. We’ve paid for our tickets, we’ve come all this way, we’re going to dance. 

This wasn’t the first time we were surrounded by boring audience members. Back when the Stones were in Kansas City, we had floor seats, yet no one was moving but us. And it was the Fucking Rolling Stones!

Later in the set, Pat Monahan came back out and performed a few songs with Hall & Oates. The last being “Calling All Angels.” Which I’m not going to lie, I didn’t even know was a Train song. It makes sense now. That song rocks. 

After that, Hall & Oates ended their set with “Kiss on my List” and “Private Eyes.” By now, more audience members were up and there finally was an energy circulating. But of course, there’s no way for the show to end without two of Hall & Oates most iconic numbers…

The Encore

They came back out onstage to play “Rich Girl” and “You Make My Dreams,” which was actually a lot of fun. We danced, shouted, and clapped until our voices were hoarse and are faces were red.

After the show, the lady in the row in front of us turned back and asked me and my sister “how do you guys even know this music?” We both said, “because it rocks!”

We scurried out of the stadium and into the car. We were serenaded by Bruce Springsteen through the radio. It was a balmy, peaceful night. 

Tell me, have you guys been to any concerts lately? What has been your favorite show?