Hall & Oates Are Done for Good

"We’re old guys. We deserve to be allowed to do whatever we want to do"

BY Karlie Rogers Published Apr 12, 2024

Infamously beefing former music duo Daryl Hall & John Oates have still not buried the hatchet. The two made their last performance as a duo in 2022, and since then, it seems like their future has been decided.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, John Oates spoke about his upcoming record, the ironically named Reunion, and the future of Hall & Oates. He basically confirmed what we already knew: Hall & Oates are done. Oates tried to reassure fans that their beef isn't personal, and is purely based on business disagreements.

As far as I'm concerned, I've moved on I feel like I have a new lease on my creative life… A good friend of mine said something to me when this was all starting. He said, "John, you were a musician before you met Daryl, and you're still a musician. You're an individual." And Daryl and I have always called ourselves Daryl Hall and John Oates, because we always wanted to be perceived as two individuals who work together. That was very important to us. If you look at the albums, you'll see that on every album. And so this is the ultimate expression of that.

However, Oates isn't completely willing to squash his friendship with Hall, and wishes his former "artistic fulfillment." He shared, "We have a different strategy for our lives, and we have a different strategy for our business lives as well as our personal lives. And that's that, so be it. We're old guys. We deserve to be allowed to do whatever we want to do."

This comes after an ongoing legal battle between the pair led Hall to file a restraining order against Oates after he planned to sell his stake in their shared business. Even iconic pop duos have to move on eventually.

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