John Oates Shares He Has “Moved On” From Working With Daryl Hall
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In the ongoing legal dispute between the successful musical duo Hall and Oates, John Oates shared more details about his relationship with Daryl Hall.
Last November, Hall initiated legal action and secured a restraining order against his fellow musician after discovering Oates’ intention to sell his share of their joint venture music company, Primary Wave. He accused his collaborator of “ultimate partnership betrayal.”
According to the revealed court documents, he also described Oates’ plan to sell his half of the Whole Oats Enterprises to Primary Wave stake behind his back. Hall stated:
“I am deeply troubled by the deterioration of my relationship with, and trust in, John Oates.”
In response, Oates invalidated the claims made by his musical partner, labeling them as “inflammatory, outlandish, and inaccurate statements about me.”
Most recently, Oates had an appearance on David Yontef’s Behind the Velvet Rope podcast, where he shared his current relationship with Hall and reflected on their career together. Oates told the podcast host:
“You can’t ignore the fact that the Hall & Oates catalogue of hits and the 50-year career will always trump almost anything that Daryl does on his own or I do on my own, which is OK because I’m very proud of that music.
“I’m really proud of what Daryl and I created together. I think we made music that will stand the test of time. I don’t like to live in the past.
“I make the analogy of what it’s like when you go to a great museum, and you’re really excited to go and see all the beautiful paintings or the exhibits or whatever it might be, and then near the end, your feet start to hurt, and you say, ‘You know what? I can’t wait to get out of here.’ That’s kind of how I feel about it.”
Reflecting on the peak years of their musical journey, he said:
“It was very intense, there was no time for reflection. It was a lot of business demands, a lot of heavy demands … Daryl and I were at the top of the pop world.
“We had No. 1 record after No. 1 record. We were travelling around the world constantly. Everyone thinks that that was probably the high point of my life, but to be honest with you, it actually wasn’t my favourite time. I liked the 70s more than the 80s because everything was new.”
Talking about his plans for the future, Oates noted:
“To be honest with you, I am not really touring with Daryl these days. I’m doing solo shows and I’m really glad I can play new music now because it feels like a breath of fresh air for me.” He concluded by stating: “I have moved on. It’s just a matter of living in my present.”
Listen to John Oates’ episode on the podcast below.