The Doobie Brothers are out on the road having recently released their career-spanning documentary, called Let The Music Play - The Story Of The Doobie Brothers. The film, which chronicles the Doobies' long and storied career starting back in 1970 in Northern California, includes new and exclusive interviews with band-members, including co-founding guitarist Pat Simmons. Simmons recalled the band's uneasy days when frontman and guitarist Tom Johnston was sidelined from the group due to stomach ulcers, with the band choosing then-Steely Dan sideman and vocalist Michael McDonald to become the band's frontman and keyboardist.
Pat Simmons told us that during the making of the 1976 Takin' It To The Streets album, the Doobies were far from sure that the band's new sound was going to wash with fans: "Y'know, when Tommy stepped out it was kind of like, 'Oh, where do we go from here? What's, what's going to happen?' And we just figured, hey, we've had a great run here. Let's not over-think it, let's just enjoy it and do the best we can, and make the best records we can. And if it happens, it happens -- we're not compromising our. . . what we're doin', y'know we're still doin' it to the best of our ability. And we knew it was good music, we, y'know, you never know what's gonna be a hit, anyway."
- The Doobie Brothers tour dates (subject to change):
April 3 - Effingham, IL - Effingham Performance Center
April 5 - Mahnomen, MN - Shooting Star Casino
April 6 - Red Wing, MN - Treasure Island Resort & Casino
April 9 - Salina, KS - Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
April 10 - Colorado Springs, CO - Pikes Peak Center
April 12 - Scottsdale, AZ - Arizona Bike Week
April 13 - Riverside, CA - Fox Performing Arts Center
May 10 - Thackerville, OK - Global Event Center At Winstar World Casino
June 14 - Lincoln, CA - Thunder Valley Casino
June 15 - Indio, CA - Fantasy Springs Resort Casino & Special Events Center.
June 19 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
June 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre (with The Steve Miller Band)
June 21 - San Francisco, CA - America's Cup Pavilion (with The Steve Miller Band)
June 23 - Airway Heights, WA - Northern Quest Casino
June 29 - Atlantic City, NJ - Caesars Circus Maximus Theatre
June 30 - Rutland, VT - Vermont State Fairgrounds
July 30 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
July 6 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center At Wolf Trap
July 7 - Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak
July 10 - Sylvania, OH - Centennial Terrace
July 12 - Cohasset, MA - South Shore Music Circus
July 13 - Hyannis, MA - Cape Cod Melody Tent
July 16 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
July 19 - Patchogue, NY - Shorefront Park at the Great South Bay Music Festival
August 3 - Sheridan, WY - Trails End Concert Park
August 4 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre (with The Steve Miller Band)
August 5 - Sturgis, SD - Sturgis Rally at Sturgis Buffalo Chip
August 9 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah's Casino - Stir Concert Cove
August 10 - Williams Bay, WI - The Ferro Pavilion
August 29 - Milwaukee, WI - Harley Davidson Roadhouse
- The Doobie Brothers' career-spanning documentary, Let The Music Play - The Story Of The Doobie Brothers, includes new and exclusive interviews with band-members Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, John McFee, Tiran Porter, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, longtime producer Ted Templeman, and Doobies manager Bruce Cohn, among others.
- The DVD features nine live bonus performances of such Doobies classics as "Rainy Day Crossroad Blues," "Without You," "Listen To The Music," "Black Water," "Takin' It To The Streets," "Rockin' Down The Highway," "Neal's Fandango," "Long Train Runnin'," and "China Grove."
CHECK IT OUT: The trailer for Let The Music Play - The Story Of The Doobie Brothers:
Pat Simmons On The Doobie Brothers' Second Era