Only two weeks until A Day on the Green

Daryl Hall and John Oates, coming to Bowral to play A Day on the Green with Icehouse. Photo supplied
Daryl Hall and John Oates, coming to Bowral to play A Day on the Green with Icehouse. Photo supplied

THERE'S not long to wait for the legions of Southern Highlands Daryl Hall and John Oates fans.

In two weeks, the iconic duo and Icehouse will be in Bowral to perform at A Day on the Green.

After a 20-year absence, Hall and Oates are coming off an extensive 2011 tour where they played from Tokyo to Nashville, including three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl.

Although their hits - including Rich Girl, Kiss On My List, Private Eyes, I Can't Go For That (No Can Do), Maneater and Out Of Touch - spanned the 80s and 90s, Hall and Oates have become popular with a whole new generation of musicians and fans.

They are one of the most sampled artists around, impacting on many new artists.

It's no wonder there is real excitement about seeing these much-loved performers again.

Hall and Oates released well-received solo albums last year in Laughing Down Crying and Mississippi Mile, respectively.

"Daryl and I are both very passionate about our solo projects and then we get together and play as Hall & Oates," Oates said.

"I'm happy that a younger generation is still discovering what we have done and that the songs have held up and people care enough to re-record them.

"It's been a cool thing to happen later in our career and it keeps our music alive."

Hall said it was a true thrill to come to Australia and New Zealand to play at A Day on the Green.

"We have a great many fans there and we're really looking forward to reconnecting with them," Hall said.

The pair will be joined by Icehouse, whose relationship goes back to the late 1980s when John Oates co-wrote and sang vocals on the band's smash hit Electric Blue with lead singer Iva Davies.

Davies returned to the music scene in 2011 with the release of Flowers Icehouse 30th Anniversary Edition and White Heat: 30 Hits which went gold after two weeks, proving just how timeless the music of Icehouse is.

Most recently, Davies was invited to be a Friend of Australia by Tourism Australia and he is now in Los Angeles for G'day LA Week, joining such past ambassadors as Baz Luhrmann, Hugh Jackman and Olivia Newton John in promoting Australia during the annual US showcase.

The appointment comes in the 30th anniversary year of the release of one of the band's most successful songs and an unofficial Australian anthem - Great Southern Land.

Two supporting bands will also be performing, Fire Santa Rosa Fire!, from Sydney and Lanie Lane from Melbourne.

A Day on the Green will be at the Centennial Vineyards in Bowral on Saturday, February 4, with gates opening at 2.30pm.

Final tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster on 136 100 and if not sold out, they will be available at the winery on the day.