When Hall and Oates played the Saratoga Performing Arts Center last month, they apparently couldn’t find a hotel near the concert arena. So they stayed at the Albany Hilton, about 35 miles away, in downtown Albany.
The hotel advertises the availability of suites, as well as an indoor pool, on-site restaurant and executive lounge. But Hall (the taller, blonde one of the two), age 74, made it perfectly clear that he wasn’t pleased with his lodgings. He said so, DURING THE CONCERT!
“I’m giving you the worst review of a hotel ever,” Hall told the crowd, saying that his room was grimy and had no windows. He also suggested it would be more suited to someone who was smoking crack or shooting up.
The Hilton Albany is admittedly not one of the best hotels in Albany – it’s listed as #31 of 53 hotels in the city, according to TripAdvisor. Common complaints on the hotel comparison and booking site frequently point towards cleanliness and maintenance issues. The hotel was built in 1980 and although it had a $13 million facelift in the early 2010s, it’s still older, seen better days, etc. You know, just like… (Oh no she di’in’t!)
The duet is touring with the U.K.’s new wave band, Squeeze, and the concert was originally scheduled for the summer of 2020. Hall said that they would have stayed closer to the concert venue but, “I can’t stay here because they [more local hotels] were all booked because you all were, like, here.” (psst! I suspect Hall’s “people” knew he was going to be there before their fans did, no?)
“I had to vent on this. It was bad news,” Hall told the crowd.
Here’s some video of the dissing (heads up – NSFW due to adult language).
— Paul Grondahl (@PaulGrondahl) August 16, 2021
“I Can’t Go For That” indeed!
Feature Photo (cropped): Gary Harris / Wikimedia
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