Pop singer John Oates
has re-grown his world famous mustache after a two-decade hiatus.
Oates, part of the super group Hall and Oates
, debuted his new lip hair today in St. Louis where he'll headline tonight's "Stache Bash"
party presented by the American Mustache Institute
Oates tells Daily RFT
he vividly recalls the day he shaved off the mustache he had worn throughout his meteoric rise up the pop charts in the 1980s.
"We were playing a concert in Tokyo in 1989 that Yoko Ono had arranged to commemorate the anniversary of John Lennon's death," says Oates. "I was going through a lot of personal stuff then, and after the show I
was back in the hotel and just looking at myself in the bathroom
mirror. I looked down toward the sink and there was a razor sitting
there, and with that I shaved off the mustache and haven't look back."
So why did Oates decide to re-grow his famous lip hair after so many
Answer: For a worthy cause. As the honorary entertainer for
'Stache Bash 2009, Oates will help raise thousands of dollars tonight for
, a St. Louis sports league for children with
At a ceremony this morning in a downtown grocery store (and sponsor of 'Stache Bash), Mayor
recognized Oates in declaring October 30 "Mustache Day" in St. Louis.
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