[ROLLING STONE] Daryl Hall and John Oates Are Plotting a New Album, Not a 50th Anniversary Celebration

Daryl Hall and John Oates are going to spend much of the summer on the road with Squeeze and KT Tunstall, but when the tour wraps, they’re hoping to turn their attention to their first collection of new songs since 2003’s Do It for Love.

Groups led by two people have been notoriously unstable in rock history. The list is endless, but everyone from the Everly Brothers to Simon and Garfunkel, the Kinks, Oasis, and the Black Crowes have struggled to stay together. Somehow, Hall and Oates have avoided the dark fates of those acts.

“The difference is that we aren’t a duo,” Hall says. “We aren’t Simon and Garfunkel. We are two people that run a band. It’s more like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.” (Those two have certainly had their share of public disagreements over the years, but his point stands.)

This year marks the 50th anniversary of their formal partnership, but they aren’t billing the summer tour as an anniversary celebration, and they have no plans to commemorate it in any way. “It’s the same reason I don’t go to fuckin’ high school reunions,” Hall says. “I’m not into celebrations or milestones or awards of any of that crap. It’s all about the work to me.”

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