Live at the Marquee 2019 ended on a high last night as Daryl Hall and John Oates brought the tent down.
With songs spanning five decades, the legendary duo played a set of non-stop smash hits.
There were all kinds spotted in the crowd from those reliving their younger years to those nostalgic for a time before they were even alive - from grey hair to pink hair, this music appeals to all.
Straight out of the gate, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers went big opening with ultra-bop Maneater followed by Family Man and Out of Touch.
Within a few seconds of Maneater there were already people abandoning their seats in favour of dancing the night away in the standing area.
It was their first time ever to play in Cork and the Philly men didn’t come to play.
They knew just what the audience was looking for and they surely delivered.
It’s obvious that even after all these years they still get a buzz from performing and the energy is infectious – special mention to the percussionist who from start to finish was one of the most hyped people in the tent.
The voices may not be what they once were but with such an impressive back catalogue to choose from it hardly matters and it doesn’t stop them giving it their all.
Unfortunately, some songs such as She’s Gone suffered from some sound issues but it didn’t affect the crowd who were still relishing every song.
Such was the energy and enthusiasm of their fans that the band were very nearly drowned out by the crowd belting out You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.
Daryl noted the love from the Cork crowd saying that he could feel their energy and there was a promise that they would return.
Meanwhile, drummer Brian Dunne showed some love for Cork by donning a UCC jersey on stage.
When it came time for the encore, it was a case of saving the best for last.
They returned to stage with karoke favourite Rich Girl and followed it up with floor-filler I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do).
Before they could play their final song, there was a standing ovation, marathon applause and a rendition of Olé, Olé.
As their fans showered them with love and appreciation, the band seemed a little taken aback.
Daryl shrugged and laughed as he waited for the deafening applause to die down and John beamed as he took it all in.
They ended the night with You Make My Dreams and from the look of the crowd as they walked out into the night air, I think Hall and Oates made more than a few dreams come true last night.