John Oates Pinch-Hits For His Partner

Oct 28th, 2008 // 6 Comments

Daryl Hall was originally slated to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Game 5 of the World Series last night, but a bout with the flu resulted in the other half of Hall & Oates stepping up to the mic and ably filling in. Surely I’m not the only one who thinks the outsized bombast that accompanied Oates’ performance was a sign that Philadelphia was really planning on sewing everything up last night, before the rains came and blew the last 2 1/2 innings of the game away. (Wait–does this mean that Oates is going to reprise his performance whenever the game eventually starts up again?) [YouTube]


  1. Thierry

    I’ll say it again – someone get Todd Rundgren on the phone now!

  2. Anonymous

    He fucked up the lyrics.

  3. Whigged

    @juiceandgin: I hardly think changing up two or three words qualifies as “fucked up the lyrics.”

  4. mike a

    @Thierry: Hey, let Oates have his time to shine. Certainly the Phunk Shui album didn’t allow him such a moment of glory.

  5. Philonius_Louvin

    I was really hoping we’d see Teddy Pendergrass sing the anthem for his hometown team.

  6. Anonymous

    Granted everyone knows that’s a hard song to sing. I think he did a solid job. Go ahead Oates!

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