Daryl Hall Slams Jann Wenner, Unsure About Hall & Oates Album
Daryl Hall can’t hide his disdain for Rolling Stone co-founder and former head of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jann Wenner. Back in April 2014, Hall & Oates were finally inducted into the Rock Hall — a full 17 years after they first became eligible.
In a new chat with The Los Angeles Times, Hall, who’ll release a new solo compilation, titled Before/After on April 1st, spoke about how Wenner never did Hall & Oates any favors during their 50-year-career: “F*** Jann Wenner and the horse he rode in on. . . Jann Wenner loved destroying careers. He’d pick somebody to knock down, and we wound up on the knockdown side for a while. But I prevailed, and the ending turned out a lot differently.”
When asked about a new Hall & Oates album, Daryl Hall snapped, “Well, that’s inappropriate to this conversation. But I have no idea. I don’t have any plans to work with John. I mean, whatever. Time will tell.”
After being reminded that both he and John Oates have gone public about a forthcoming studio set, Hall explained, “That was before the pandemic. Perceptions changed, life changed, everything changed. I’m more interested in pursuing my own world. And so is John.”
Backstage at their 2014 Rock Hall induction, Daryl Hall — who has been openly critical of Hall & Oates being ignored by the Hall of Fame for so long — was asked about how he felt to finally be inducted: [“Y’know what I think? I think it’s all about the past and we’re about the present, if you want to know the truth. I got so much going on personally — and I know John does, too. I actually had to take time off to do this, ‘cause I got so many other projects going on. I mean, that’s not blowing smoke, it’s really true. I got two television shows (laughs), touring (growls) — on and on and on.”] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . on and on)