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Performing rights society BMI honored Philadelphia's original man-eaters Daryl Hall and John Oates on Tuesday night at the 56th Annual Pop Awards.

Industry moguls, legendary songwriters and BMI artists stood crammed together like a rush-hour train in the corridor of the ballroom at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel (that's the "Reg. Bev. Wil." for all the "Pretty Woman" fans out there). I suppose it is easier to mingle when you're already standing on someone's neck.

The drinks were strong, the cologne, stronger, and the company, divine. After a string of awards -- including BMI Song of the Year to Hinder for "Lips of an Angel"... huh? -- the Hall & Oates tribute began as most important things do, with a montage.

At the conclusion of the festive medley, some variation of the band Lifehouse began the live show with a cover of "Every Time You Go Away," made popular by Paul Young in the mid-80s.

Next to the stage was Fall Out Boy's often overshadowed frontman, Patrick Stump, with a charming and pepped version of "Rich Girl" that has me hoping FOB will head more in the direction of balmy yacht rock for any and all forthcoming endeavors.

The final tribute went to the perpetual hit machine Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, who told a story about hearing H&O on radio as a teenager and being confused to learn that "blue-eyed soul" meant they were actually white dudes. Then he got down with a sexy sing-a-long of "Sara Smile."

Hall & Oates graciously appeared following this homage and posed for a few photos before gearing up guitars for a breezy, three-song teaser set of "Maneater," "Out of Touch" and "She's Gone." The audience was eager and the performances were spot on.

Achieving the BMI icon status at this stage in their career is timely honor given how popular the Hall & Oates sound is with the hip set. The new kids love it because it fills in many of the gaps where corporate music has failed them, and the older kids love it because it conjures memories of a past life filled with shoulder pads, Trapper Keepers, Barbie corvettes and stolen kisses under the stairs at Hebrew school.

If you like to touch strangers and you also have $200, you can see what I mean for yourself. Hall & Oates are playing two exclusive club dates -- today and Friday -- at The Troubadour.

>Lisa Brenner, LA.COM

A new big wheel in town

Locals anticipating the unveiling tonight of the new $1.5 million Ferris wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will have to wait a little longer.

Due to construction delays, the 130-foot-tall ride, which was transported from Wichita, Kan., will be revealed in a lighting ceremony beginning at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The program will include a pyrotechnics show and the presentation of a $65,000 check from Pacific Park to Special Olympics of Southern California. Local dignitaries, including Santa Monica Mayor Herb Katz, will be on hand.

Following the lighting ceremony -- best viewed from the upper parking lot adjacent the park -- guests can ride the Ferris wheel for free from 9:15 p.m. to midnight. There will be live music, and free popcorn and cotton candy will be available.

The new ride replaces the original Pacific Park Ferris wheel, which had become a recognizable symbol of the Santa Monica Pier after its installation in 1996.

>LEO SMITH, LA.COM

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