John Oates looks back with appreciation on his influential career at Hall & Oates – despite the duo’s recent legal troubles and arguments.
The 75-year-old musician spoke with ET’s Denny Directo on Thursday — after he was unmasked during the semifinals of season 10 of The Masked Singer — and he talked about his 50-year musical legacy with Daryl Hall.
“I have an incredible amount of respect, and I’m very grateful for the success that Daryl and I have had,” Oates said. “We’ve done something over a 50-year period that not many people can ever say they’ve done in their lives or careers.”
“It’s a great thing for me to do, I’m really proud of it and I’m really happy about it,” Oates added. “And I know those songs will live forever.”
However, Oates explained that he is “not a very nostalgic person” and despite the longevity and popular appreciation of Hall & Oates’ music, “I’ve moved on. I’ve moved on in a big way. I have other things that I have.” I am doing.”
The comments come in between an ongoing lawsuit against Oates, filed by Hall in November.
Hall filed a complaint on Nov. 16 against Oates and the co-trustees of the John W. Oates TISA Trust, including Oates’ wife, Aimee Oates, along with a motion for a temporary restraining order. The court approved the temporary restraining order, which would take effect on November 30.
ET confirmed the existence of the lawsuit in Nashville Chancery Court.
According to The Associated PressOates is seeking to transfer his stake in Whole Oats Enterprises LLP to Primary Wave IP Investment Management LLC. Hall’s trial and subsequent ones temporary restraining order against his bandmate has since temporarily blocked sales while the legal proceedings play out in court.
The outlet reports that Hall has sued Oates, alleging that Oates’ attempt to sell his stake in Whole Oats Enterprises LLP violated the terms of a business agreement the duo Hall & Oates made years ago. In addition to the lawsuit, there is also an arbitrator who must weigh in before the sale can go ahead.
During a performance at the Club Random with Bill Maher podcast, Hall made it clear that he does not consider Oates his creative partner, but rather his business partner. He further noted that they “have always been very separate.”
The duo, known as Hall & Oates, formed in 1967 and have since released 18 studio albums, finding success with six No. 1 singles, including “Maneater,” “Rich Girl” and “Out of Touch.”
Although both artists pursued solo recording careers and separate tours, the duo never officially disbanded. Their most recent studio album, ‘Home for Christmas’, was released in 2006.
Meanwhile, Oates reached the semi-finals of The Masked Singerperforming as The Anteater, and he told ET that there’s some relief that he’s done with the show.
“That costume was a challenge, I have to say, on many levels,” Oates admitted. “I had a great time on the show, but I wasn’t exactly disappointed when I was unmasked.”
The Masked Singer season finale airs Wednesdays at 8 PM ET/PT on Fox.
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