Just in case you've never heard of Eliot Lewis he plays the keyboard and sometimes the guitar with Daryl Hall and John Oates. Of course if anyone has seen any promotional ads for his gigs Hall & Oates' names are never, ever, ever far away from Lewis'. It seems as if Eliot's main claim to fame is playing for Daryl and John for the past ten years. The man is a tad tenacious.
Eliot, from Hall & Oates, started another of his many solo gigs in Ohio Thursday. Lewis has been going on his solo tours for years now but for some reason his name alone doesn't quite pull in the crowds he wants so he depends on using the names of others he's worked with like Todd Rundgren and Smokey Robinson. But he's played with these big names because he was performing with them on Daryl Hall's popular web series, "Live From Daryl's House" (LFDH). By the way, just what is going on with LFDH lately anyway? More on that later.
Oh yeah, Lewis was the lead singer for "Average White Band" before he joined Daryl Hall's band. His time with Average White Band is something else fans and non fans always hear about.
Has Eliot done anything by himself? Sure, plenty. According to WFMJ.com Eliot performed at the Magic Tree Pub and Eatery and has released his own CDs every year. His latest album is "Enjoy the Ride." And the singer is also very proud to say that he's been lucky to be the only member of LFDH to do every show. Gotta bring up Daryl Hall and/or John Oate's name at every possible moment.
Eliot said about being back in Ohio, "Just great to be back here and I look forward, I am going to be actually recording a live record during these bunch of dates. I'm going to be recording a bunch of shows. We're hoping to compile a live record from this." A live record? Like with hearing people applauding? Maybe some canned applause?
Now it's off to Cleveland for Eliot. The tour will have eight shows in ten days. But in mid September Eliot will be back on tour with, guess who? Daryl Hall and John Oates. The group will be performing in Canada, New York, New Jersey, and other venues along the east coast.
Now a note about "Live From Daryl's House." Where is it? The series went on hiatus very early this year and hasn't been around since. Some of the shows were mysteriously removed from the website too. Is Daryl Hall selling out to television because he's getting paid to sell his show to them? Maybe. It's his show so he can do what he likes with it but maybe Hall should remember that it was his fans who made LFDH so popular on the free website. Not everyone can afford cable. But Hall has said he will be recording more LFDH episodes but will they be on the web or just on cable stations? Something to wonder about.
Have a great tour, Eliot Lewis from Hall & Oates, and tell Daryl and John that their fans say hello.