Mayor Street declared Saturday Hall and Oates Day to coincide with the duo's homecoming show at the Tower Theater, and Daryl Hall thought he would read the proclamation to the packed crowd of 40- and 50-somethings (and some of their children). Hall requested a copy, but somewhere between Street's office and his hotel room, it disappeared.
"It got stolen. That's a real Philadelphia story, isn't it?" Hall laughed when he recounted the anecdote.
It was a backhanded compliment, for sure, but all was forgiven when the duo and their five-piece backing band followed it with a rendition of "Fall in Philadelphia" from their 1972 debut Whole Oates. Even though the song itself expresses frustration with being stuck in the city, it was a sterling example of the classic Philly soul tradition that Hall and Oates embodied early in their career, rich with vocal harmonies and spiked with a twangy John Oates guitar solo.