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Hall & Oates backstage at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony

Hall & Oates backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City, on April 10, 2014. Pictured from left to right: John Oates and Daryl Hall.
Hall & Oates backstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City, on April 10, 2014. Pictured from left to right: John Oates and Daryl Hall.
Carla Hay

The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony took place on April 10, 2014, at Barclays Center in New York City's Brooklyn borough. HBO will premiere an edited version of the show on May 31, 2014. In 2014, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in 2014 were Kiss, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, the E Street Band, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham. Here is what this artist had to say backstage during a brief press conference in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame press room.

HALL & OATES

Daryl, at the beginning your performance tonight, you had a problem with your monitors not working, so you had to stop and star the song. You handled that technical difficulty pretty well …

Daryl Hall: That’s because we’re real professionals.

What were you thinking in that moment?

Hall: I was thinking, “Who the f*ck is responsible for this?”

What does being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame mean to you?

Hall: It’s like a lifetime achievement award. We do what we do. We continue to do what we do. We’re not planning on stopping, so this is a nice little thing. I think it’s more about the past than about the person. I really do. I’ve got so much going on personally, and I know John does too, I actually had to take time off to do this, because I’ve got so many other projects.

And that’s not blowing smoke. It’s really true. I’ve got two television shows and touring. This [Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction] is a nice bonus. And I will say seriously, it’s the second half of the 21st century, it’s the only time it’s happened, and I’m just glad to be a part of it, and I’m glad to be of it and glad to be in the museum.

John Oates: Rock and roll is a tree with incredible branches whose roots go down to the beginning of American popular music. In addition to the concept of democracy, American popular music is the most important thing that America has ever exported to the rest of the world. I’m proud to be a part of it. I see it in a long line, and I see it from a historical point of view. I think we’re continuing to write songs. The two of us together have synthesized our pasts, and we’re nostalgic for our future. That’s where we’re at.

Have you had any interesting interactions tonight with some of the other inductees or artists?

Hall: Just in passing, you say hello. Everybody’s really friendly. I’ve always found musicians to be very, very friendly. The problem with musicians is that they all live in their own solar systems, and the solar systems very seldom collide. And when they do, it’s really good. I talked to Bonnie Raitt and I’m trying to get her on the show [“Live From Daryl’s House"]. And she wants to come on the show.

Questlove said in his induction speech about Hall & Oates that you two make beautiful women. Can you talk about that?

Hall: I think he’s trying to revive old rumors.

Hall & Oates is the first recording artist from Philadelphia to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Who else would you like to see inducted?

Hall: I threw it all out there [in my speech]: Todd Rundgren, Chubby Checker, the Delfonics, the Stylistics, the Three Degrees, Patti LaBelle and on and on and on. Teddy Pendergrass too.

How did you find out that Hall & Oates is the first recording artist from Philadelphia to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Hall: I was doing an interview with the [Philadelphia] Inquirer, and they told me. I checked it, and I said, “I can’t believe. This is really true.” Kenny [Gamble] and Leon [Huff] are in [the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame] as producers. They are a lot of great Philadelphia artists, and we’re really proud to be a part of it.

How does it feel to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside your musical heroes Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and the Temptations?

Hall: We were lucky enough to induct Smokey Robinson and the Temptations in the early days of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That’s where our roots lie. It’s very important to us. And being a part of this legacy of American music is very, very important to me. We’re really proud to be a part of it.

For more info: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website

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