By: Renee Grant
On Monday morning, 98.1 WOGL’s The Breakfast Club spoke to Philly fave John Oates about his new memoir and the upcoming HoagieNation Festival that he and his bandmate Daryl Hall are bringing to the city this Memorial Day weekend.
Hall opened up about writing his new memoir which took him two years to complete. In the book, he tries to delve into stories about the band that fans may not have heard before.
“It’s called Change of Seasons and it took me about two years to write it,” he says. “One of the big challenges of writing the book was how do I tell my personal story and at the same time tell the story of Hall & Oates that’s been my entire adult life basically.
“I spent a lot of time talking about the early days, especially in Philadelphia, because a lot of people know about us from the 80’s and all the big hits and the MTV videos and all that, but very few people know what it took to actually get it together and how we met, and the things that happened in order for us to basically have this incredible 40 year career in music. So I spent a lot more time I think on the early days and hopefully reveal a lot of stuff that maybe people aren’t aware of.”
In addition to the news of his memoir, Hall took a second to talk about the HoagieNation Festival and how the idea came about. Talking about having Tears for Fears on the bill, Oates says it all fell into place at the right time. If this year’s event goes well, the festival could expand to a multi-day event in the future.
“Over the years we’ve collaborated on our live concert tours with everybody,” he says. “Michael McDonald, Chicago, Kenny Loggins, Todd Rundgren… last year it was Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Trombone Shorty. So we just loved having people that we really are fans of musically and that we feel like will put together a great evening of music.
“Tears For Fears were getting ready to put out a new album, they wanted to go on tour and the thing just fell into place in a really cool way. We’re really happy about it. They’re a great band with great songs and it’s going to be a really cool pairing.
“If the festival’s successful, next year we’ll roll it out with multiple days, maybe two days or three days,” he continues. “WE’re gonna test it out this year with a one-day event. The bands are gonna be great and I look forward to big things in the future for this festival.”
Speaking about his favorite place to get a classic Philly hoagie, he says it’s been a while since he’s had been into the city to have one of our favorite sandwiches, but he says he spent quite a bit of time at South Street staple Jim’s Steaks.
If you’re looking to purchase a copy of his memoir, it’s available now via Amazon or in stores. Oates will be signing copies of his book at Barnes & Noble at 1805 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square on Thursday night beginning at 7PM.
You can hear the full interview with The Breakfast Club below, and be sure to tune in weekday mornings from 5:30AM to 9AM on 98.1 WOGL!