Hall & Oates – Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul MN – August 30th 2021

Xcel Energy Center and Live Nation presents Hall & Oates with special guests The Squeeze

It has been 534 days since we all were at the Xcel Energy Center for a concert. It is an understatement to say we were more than excited to be back.

The Squeeze is opening tonight to make it a hit of the 80’s. I have been going to all sorts of concerts since 1983 and I have never seen Squeeze. They were excellent.  Over a forty year career they have only been here about 12 times. They basically did a great hits set that had everyone singing and dancing all night. Pretty easy to say I knew more songs than I thought. Stand out out tunes were Take Me I’m Yours, Is That Love, Pulling Muscles, Cool For Cats, and a mellow version of Tempted. That was my only complaint cause I really wanted to hear an original version of the song. It’s amazing haw great they still sound.

Hall & Oates are returning to open back up the Xcel Energy Center. First time I saw them was on the Big Bam Boom tour in 84. I have seen them a few times since then and every time is amazing. They always do an amazing show and tonight was no exception. Opening with all time favorite Maneater and two sings from Big Bam Boom, Out of Touch and Method of Modern Love. Say It ISn’t So was next and a 70’s set proceeded with You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, She’s Gone Sara Smile, Is It A Star and Back together Again. They dedicated the last song to everyone for us being back together again. As the crowd was not a sell out I felt kind of bad there should be more people seeing this class act. As I looked around I saw everyone dancing, smiling and singing along. It made me feel so good that we were once back enjoying live music together in St. Paul. The next five songs they brought everyone to their feet dancing and singing. How could you not feel good while they sang I Can’t Go For That ( NO Can Do ), Rich Girl, Kiss on My List, Private Eyes and You Make My Dreams Come true. Daryl had a few problems with monitors but that was the only problem tonight. It was an amazing night to return to live music in St. Paul