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Daryl Hall and Elvis Costello Join Forces for Co-Headlining Tour

The two last collaborated on the 1984 single 'The Only Flame in Town.'

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Costello and Hall will be heading out for a tag-team tour this summer.

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Daryl Hall has been in the headlines for some less than ideal reasons over the last several months, after becoming embroiled in an ugly legal battle with his longtime musical partner John Oates. On March 8, however, the Philadelphia veteran managed to offer some welcome good news: he’ll be joining Elvis Costello and the Imposters for a summer co-headlining tour.

The two Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will hit the road starting in early June, kicking things off in Oregon prior to engagements at L.A.’s Greek Theatre, Toronto’s Budweiser Stage and New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. The tour will close in Vienna, VA., on July 25.

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Elvis Costello and the Imposters look to 'rekindle a musical relationship' with Daryl Hall on tour this summer.

“We are looking forward to kicking off the show in style in the certainty that Daryl will deliver a slam-bang finish,” Costello said in a statement, with Hall adding: “It’s fantastic to be able to rekindle a musical relationship. Get ready for lots of great music.”

As alluded to by Hall, though the two ran in very different circles during their respective heydays, their paths have crossed before. Almost exactly 40 years ago, Hall duetted with Costello on the song “The Only Flame in Town” from his ninth album, Goodbye Cruel World. The song became a minor hit on MTV in the mid-‘80s.

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Considering Hall & Oates’ fairly formidable current reputation, it might be tough to imagine that this pairing could have been controversial at the time. Yet Costello evidently felt the need to defend Hall’s guest appearance in a 1984 interview, saying: "Some of the inverted snobs of the music business are perhaps going to be offended by his presence because they associate him with some vacuous form of pop. But he's got a great voice, and that's all I care about."

Soon after the close of their joint tour, Costello will be heading back out on the road with another long-ago collaborator, playing dates in the U.K. and Ireland with Steve Nieve starting in September.

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The two collaborated on 'The Only Flame in Town' forty years ago.

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Check out Hall and Costello's tour dates below:

June 2 - Troutdale, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield

June 4 - Airway Heights, WA @ BECU Live at Northern Quest

June 6 - Seattle, WA @ Remlinger Farms

June 8 - Bend, OR @ Hayden Homes Amphitheater

June 10 - Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery

June 12 - Lincoln, CA @ Thunder Valley Casino

June 14 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl

June 16 - San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU

June 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre

June 21 - Rancho Mirage, CA @ Agua Caliente Casino

June 23 - Las Vegas, NV @ Fontainebleau Las Vegas

July 4 - Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage

July 6 - Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival

July 8 - Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre

July 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ TD Pavilion at the Mann

July 12 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena

July 14 - Boston, MA @ MGM Music Hall at Fenway

July 16 - New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall

July 18 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

July 20 - Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

July 22 - Gilford, NH @ BankNH Pavilion

July 25 - Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap Filene Center


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