I LOVE DARYL HALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I forgive him!!!

for that song Sarah Smile the bane of my Junior High years*)!!!
raising awareness of Lyme disease is becoming as much a passion for him
as music raising awareness of Lyme disease is becoming as much a
passion for him as musicraising awareness of Lyme disease is becoming
as much a passion for him as musicraising awareness of Lyme disease is
becoming as much a passion for him as musicraising awareness of Lyme
disease is becoming as much a passion for him as musicraising awareness
of Lyme disease is becoming as much a passion for him as musicraising
awareness of Lyme disease is becoming as much a passion for him as
musicraising awareness of Lyme disease is becoming as much a passion
for him as music

CONCERT: Hall & Oates


WHO: Hall & Oates

SEPT. 8: Innsbrook Pavilion, 6 p.m. Tickets: $15-$35. Info:
www.innsbrookafterhours.com or (804) 794-6700

SEPT. 9: Wolf Trap (Vienna), 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$42. Info:
www.wolftrap.org or (703) 255-1868

SEPT. 10: The Paramount Theater (Charlottesville), 8 p.m. Sold out.
Info: www.theparamount.net or (434) 979-1333

Daryl Hall could have died. That isn't an exaggeration, but the
frightening reality of Hall's life two months ago.

An unshakeable flu, eventually compounded by tremors and arthritis,
felled him for weeks before his diagnosis was clarified: Lyme disease.

Initially, Hall thought like most people would take some antibiotics
and the thing will go away. But then he read a brochure about the
disease written by Dr. Joseph Burrascano, a Long Island, N.Y.-based
specialist, and realized this tick-borne illness wouldn't be cured by
chugging a few doses of cherry-flavored liquid.

Then he really got scared.

"It's common if you have one [form of] the disease, you have several.
They all have different cures, and they all have different symptoms,
from arthritis to heart disease to death," Hall said from New York last

"I have four different diseases I'm being treated for, and I got lucky.
I caught it fairly early. Neurologically, it does stuff to people. It's
really nasty."

For more than a month, Hall was sidelined. It caused him to cancel
weeks of concerts with longtime musical partner John Oates -- only the
second time in the duo's 30-plus-year career that any show has been

Massive doses of antibiotics have since knocked most of the disease out
of his system, though now Hall must contend with monthly relapses --
lesser versions of Lyme -- for up to six months.

He also had to cut sugar and alcohol out of his diet. ("Basically it's
a super Atkins diet, very low carbs, so I'm looking great!" he says
with obvious amusement at the irony.)

But Hall, 58, is strong enough to have returned to the road two weeks
ago -- and will play Innsbrook Pavilion on Thursday with Oates -- and
adamantly states several times during a lengthy chat, "I feel fine."

It is also immediately apparent while talking to him that raising
awareness of Lyme disease is becoming as much a passion for him as

But let's not neglect his first love, the one that suddenly re-emerged
in 2000 with a consciousness-raising "Behind the Music" on VH1, then
snowballed into 2003's impressive "Do It for Love" album and last
year's "Our Kind of Soul," on which the duo recasts its favorite Motown
hits (and tosses in a couple of newbies).

Since Hall is that increasingly rare musician with much to say, we'll
turn it over to him for a while so he can explain more about Lyme
disease, his acceptance of "American Idol" and why he despises Tears
for Fears.

Q. So how do you think you contracted Lyme disease?

A. It's very easy to get in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Anyplace
where deer exist, millions of ticks exist. The average field mouse
might have four or five ticks. The average deer has thousands of them
-- and they often get them from the mice.

You can get it walking in your yard. Even if you have a dog or cat. I
live in the deep country and have been exposed to woodland animals
since I was a little kid, so it could have happened anytime.

I'm really crusading to get people to understand how serious it is,
including the medical community who have really pushed it under the

I've been working with the organization Turn the Corner, and one thing
we have to realize is that it's important to have deer control.

It's a controversial thing because people pick their favorite animals
based on cuteness. Rat? Nah. Bambi? Cute. I have nothing against deer,
but they carry diseases and crash into cars and need to be controlled.

Q. Aside from this tour being in jeopardy because of your health, was
there ever a concern that the tour would even happen after Tears for
Fears pulled out of the bill?

A. There was never a problem as far as the tour goes, but I have a
personal problem with them. They're jerks. Tickets were sold, a
contract was signed and they changed their minds and said, "We don't
want to do it." It was very unprofessional and I hope they drop dead
(laughs). [Todd Rundgren replaced TFF on most dates but will not appear
at any of the Virginia shows.]

Q. You and John appeared in the audience on "American Idol" and the
contestants sang your songs that night. Does that mean you're cool with
"finding" talent that way?

A. At first I was like, OK, it's part of that reality show thing that I
dislike, but it really isn't.

You know, John and I started in talent shows. Not in front of millions
of people, but at the Uptown Theater in Philly. It's how you get
introduced to the world; it's an important rite of passage.

And I have to say, "American Idol" is very honest. The people are real;
it wasn't staged in any way. Everyone from the producers to the
directors to the judges -- it's all real.

Q. Considering Philly soul is your roots, why did it take you guys so
long to do an album like "Our Kind of Soul"?

A. We felt it was time. At what point does someone write their
autobiography? At certain points in your life, you do different things.
I wanted to reacquaint myself with my old friends; people we've worked
with over the years are on all of these songs. It's not like when Rod
Stewart does Cole Porter songs.

Q. Does it ever feel strange playing "Out of Touch" or any of your
glossier '80s hits now?

A. I don't feel like we're defined so much to an era like . . . a Flock
of Seagulls. We're not really an '80s band. We started in the '70s. And
the songs we write grow and change. "Out of Touch" doesn't sound the
way it did in '85. The song itself stands up. If we don't like it, we
don't play it. We're doing the "Instant Live" thing at the shows, where
you can buy the show you just saw 15 minutes after it ends, or online,
so during the shows we encourage requests. If it's not too obscure,
we'll throw the set list away. It keeps us fresh.

Q. What is the secret to your long relationship with John?

A. In any relationship, time apart is important. It allows people to be

With John, in the '90s, we felt we had done a lot and needed to take a
break. But we never really stopped working together live; it was just a
recording separation because we had different agendas.

We've known each other since we were teens. We were friends before we
were musical partners. We shared houses and apartments in Philly, going
to school. We evolved as people the same way, but we have very
different personalities. John is more meticulous; I'm more conceptual.
And (laughs) John doesn't have an ego problem that I'm the lead singer.