John Oates Says Ongoing Legal Fight With Daryl Hall Is “Ruining My Life”


In a new Good Morning America interview, John Oates revealed bitter details about his ongoing legal battle with former bandmate Daryl Hall. At the end of 2023, Hall filed a restraining order against Oates in an effort to prevent Oates from selling his half of their business venture, Whole Oates Enterprises, to Primary Wave. “We’ve always looked at ourselves as individuals working together. And I felt like I had the right to do that. But, you know, he didn’t,” Oates told GMA. “When this whole situation got mired in legality and really complex legal wranglings, I got frustrated. And it was kinda ruining my life, to be honest with you. I wasn’t happy. You look at all the artists who are selling all their catalogs, it’s pretty common. It’s not that big a deal. But Daryl didn’t like the idea that I would sell to a certain third party.” (Rolling Stone)