Hall & Oates Taking 'Christmas' On Tour
On the heels of Hall & Oates' first seasonal album, "Home for Christmas," last year, Daryl Hall says the time is now right to load up the sleigh for a two-week-plus jaunt, which begins Nov. 20 inOn the heels of Hall & Oates' first seasonal album, "Home for Christmas," last year, Daryl Hall says the time is now right to load up the sleigh for a two-week-plus jaunt, which begins Nov. 20 in Chicago.
"Last year we didn't tour the album -- instead [we did] a lot of promotion for it," Hall tells Billboard.com. "This year, we're not doing much promotion and we are touring. It's a holiday show. We'll do the full album and then at the encore, a bunch of Hall & Oates songs."
While "Home for Christmas" received a limited release last year through DKE Records, Hall says this season the 11-track album will be available nationwide. In 2006, the album's lead single, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. Hall says a new single, which has yet to be determined, will be released this holiday season.
"I think you can go two ways with Christmas music," Hall says. "You can either go sort of the novelty way, the 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' kind of crap, or you can go more into the true sense of Christmas way, which is a more spiritual thing. To me, this is the real essence of Christmas. That's the path I chose for this piece, and I can do Christmas shows behind this for the rest of my life."
While future Hall & Oates material is expected, the 61-year-old Hall says he's feeling singer/songwriter-y at the moment, with numerous introspective tunes in the works. Fans will get a sneak peak at the material with his Internet-only performance series "Live from Daryl's House," which makes its debut in mid-November and includes a pre-recorded, hour-long concert featuring new tracks, old hits, popular covers and special guests.
Hall expects the series to be updated monthly; news on the project will be posted on the band's Web site.
"Eventually I'll have a collection of songs and that'll turn into a CD probably over the next year," Hall says. "I think that's pretty much going to be a solo record. It's very, very personal. I think the arrangements and production will reflect that. I don't think it'll be unusual or people will hear it and say, 'Wow, he never did anything like that before.' It's very refreshing and different."