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'Can't go for that' - Hall & Oates cancel Phoenix show over SB 1070

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'Can't go for that' - Hall & Oates cancel Phoenix show over SB 1070

  • Hall & Oates perform on the finale of 'American Idol.'
    hallandoates.comHall & Oates perform on the finale of 'American Idol.'

Hall & Oates, the rock and soul duo popular in the '80s, will not perform in Phoenix because of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.

The group announced Monday that they will not appear after an Arizona Diamondbacks game July 2 because of their stance on SB 1070.

"In addition to our personal convictions, we are standing in solidarity with the music community in our boycott of performing in Arizona at this time. We would like to emphasize that this has nothing to do with the management of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have been professional and cooperative throughout our dealings with them. This is our response to a very specific action of the state," the group said in a statement released by their manager, Jonathan Wolfson.

"We understand the reasoning behind Daryl Hall and John Oates not wanting to perform in Arizona at this time to solidify themselves with their peers in the music industry," Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said in a release. "The cancelation of this post-game concert is another example of how controversial this issue is."

The duo, made up of Daryl Hall and John Oates, had success with in the '70s and '80s songs such as "Rich Girl," "Sara Smile," "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," "Maneater," and "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)."

A performance by the group in Phoenix last fall was canceled because of "scheduling conflicts."

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