John Oates was maintaining busy within the ‘70s — and it wasn’t simply with music.
“I’m sure it was thousands,” the 71-year-old admitted to the outlet. “I’ve lost track.”
“If you didn’t live through the ‘70s and ‘80s, if you weren’t a rock star during that time, there’s no way you can comprehend what it was like,” he continued. “There were no cell phones and people taking pictures of everything you did. There was no social media. It was much more innocent. I used to meet girls in various towns and sort of have a relationship. I might see them and then see them six months later.”
Oates additionally stated he by no means had a drug drawback throughout these a long time regardless of cocaine being the popular selection for artists.
“Coke was ubiquitous,” he stated. “Daryl [Hall] and I by no means had our points with it as a result of we by no means did it. I attempted it again within the Studio 54 days and it made me really feel so uncomfortable that I couldn’t do it. It simply wasn’t my factor.”
“Both Daryl and I knew that we were going to be musicians for the rest of our lives and the only way for us to be musicians for the rest of our lives was to keep our s—t together,” added Oates.
Nevertheless, the band did endure from one factor — cash mismanagement. Based on the outlet, Oates had properties in New York Metropolis, Connecticut and Aspen, in addition to an airplane and a storage stuffed with classic automobiles. Nevertheless, he was penniless.
“It’s embarrassing to me to realize now that I should have been more aware and knowledgeable of what was going on but I was swept up in being a pop star,” stated Oates. “It was too easy to party, to play my music.”
Oates went on to promote all the things, besides his rental in Aspen. It was there the place the musician selected to offer himself a recent begin. He even went on to shave his well-known mustache.
“[It felt like] shedding my skin metaphorically,” he defined. “I wanted to be a different person. I didn’t want to be that ‘80s guy with the giant mustache and it was more of a ceremonial shaving. I shaved it off, it was gone. I became someone else.”
In 1994, Oates married floral designer Aimee Oates. They welcomed a son named Tanner in 1996.
As for Corridor & Oates, they’re acting at New York Metropolis’s Madison Sq. Backyard on Feb. 28.
In the present day, Oates stated his previous monetary hardships have been essential classes he needed to study as a part of his development.
“It changed everything,” he stated. “If I had stayed with all the accouterments and just continued to live that lifestyle, who knows where I would be. So, in the end, it was a blessing in disguise.”