John Oates, half of the pop soul duo Hall & Oates, has confessed in an interview with Page Six that he was lucky to suffer a financial disaster that helped him out of the traps of rock ‘n’ roll when they were wreaking havoc on his life in the seventies and eighties.
Oates has referred more to partying and sex than drugs. He says that before he broke up he had had so many sexual encounters that he had no idea how many women he had slept with at the time.
“I’m sure there were thousands, I lost count.”
“If you didn’t live during the 70s and 80s, if you weren’t a rock star during that time, there’s no way you can understand what it was like. There were no mobile phones and people taking pictures of everything that was done. There were no social networks. He was much more innocent … He used to meet girls in several cities and had a relationship. I could see them at that time and then see them six months later.”
“Both Daryl and I knew we were going to be musicians for the rest of our lives and that the only way to achieve this was to keep calm.”
Things changed for him when he found himself “poor in cash,” despite owning a series of properties, a plane and a collection of old cars. For him it was a “disconcerting” situation to have little money, which he had reached “dragged by being a pop star” at that time because it had been “too easy to be all the time to party.”
The guitarist and singer has described the subsequent financial readjustment as a “blessing in disguise,” noting:
“If I had kept the job and had continued living that lifestyle, who knows where it would have ended.”
His new beginning included shaving his famous mustache, for him a “ceremonial moment”:
“I didn’t want to be that guy in the 80s with a giant mustache … I became someone else.”