Daryl Hall and alternative hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang celebrated a City of Brotherly Love reunion on the 56th and latest edition of Live from Daryl’s House as the Philly natives join up for a special seven-song set. The performance includes a special appearance by Frank Stallone, who first became friends with Daryl in the 60’s and, like him, also sang in local doo-wop groups. The new episode of the award-winning web series and nationally syndicated program premieres July 15 at www.lfdh.com.
Daryl and Chiddy Bang perform versions of the Daryl Hall and John Oates songs “Fall in Philadelphia,” a Hall-penned original from the duo’s 1972 debut Whole Oats album, along with “(She) Got Me Bad,” featured on the album Do It for Love. Daryl and the group also perform songs off the Capitol Records album, Breakfast, including the singles “Mind Your Manners”, “Ray Charles,” “Talking to Myself” and “Opposite of Adults” from the duo’s mixtape The Swelly Express
Daryl and the guys were later joined by Stallone, who brought along his friend Chef Vito Marcello to cook meatballs, prepared from Frank’s mom’s recipe, before performing “Take You Back,” his hit from brother Sylvester’s legendary Oscar winner, Rocky.
The actor/singer was pumped to join his long time friend. “It was a career highlight to sing with my friend Daryl, who has always been at the top of my list as a singer-songwriter.”
“Playing music together with a legend like Daryl was definitely a moment Chiddy and I will not forget. And to cook together…damn!” enthused Noah “Xaphoon Jones”Beresin, one-half of the band with partner Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege.
The two met while attending Drexel University in Philadelphia , releasing a series of popular mixtapes which spread virally on the Internet, starting with the 2009’s The Swelly Express which led to them getting signed by EMI U.K. ’s Parlophone label. Chiddy Bang went on to tour extensively at colleges nationwide and hit numerous festivals such as Lollapolooza, Austin City Limits, Bamboozle, Bonnaroo, Wireless, Glastonbury and Electric Forest. Their major label debut Breakfast was released this past February at midnight via iTunes. The first single, “Mind Your Manners,” is also featured in the soundtrack for the EA Sports game Madden NFL 12 and was included on Now That’s What I Call Music! 39.
Daryl was delighted to play with his Philly home boys: “Like all good musicians from this town, these guys are steeped in all the right influences, from soul and R&B to hip-hop, with a style all their own. It was a lot of fun.”
The past five-and-a-half years have marked a steady stream of superlatives and recognition for Live from Daryl’s House, with Hall receiving a Webby Award for Best Variety series from more than 10,000 entries at the 14th annual ceremony three years ago at N.Y.’s Cipriani Wall Street before garnering an O Music Award from MTV last year. A live version of Live from Daryl’s House, featuring Hall and previous show guests Sharon Jones and Allen Stone, just finished its own national tour dates.
Live from Daryl’s House is syndicated nationally by Good Cop Bad Cop Productions. Executive producers for the show include Hall and Scott Sternberg along with Daryl Hall manager Jonathan Wolfson.
Live from Daryl’s House is being shown weekly in over 80% of U.S. homes in the nation’s top 200 media markets, as well as all of the top 10, including New York (WPIX), L.A. (KTLA), Chicago (WGN), Dallas (KDAF) and Houston (KIAH). The show has also cleared in such key markets as Philadelphia (CBS-owned KYW), Boston (KBIN) and Atlanta (WATL), as well as a number of NBC, Fox and CBS-owned affiliates across the country. Most stations are airing a full hour with two original shows back to back on Saturday nights. The first week of the show did a .2 in national Nielsens, with the second week increasing 50% and several stations adding airings.
The 55 previous episodes of Live From Daryl’s House have featured a mix of well-known performers like Jason Mraz, The Voice’s Cee Lo Green, Booker T and the MGs, Blind Boys of Alabama, Rob Thomas, Train, Smokey Robinson, The Doors’ Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, Toots Hibbert, Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Todd Rundgren, Keb Mo, Dave Stewart, Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump along with newcomers such as Allen Stone, Nikki Jean, The Dirty Heads, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Mayer Hawthorne, Eric Hutchinson, Chromeo, Matt Nathanson, Parachute, Plain White T’s, soul diva Sharon Jones, Diane Birch, L.A. neo-R&B party band Fitz & the Tantrums, hot new alternative band Neon Trees and veteran alternative mainstays Guster.