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PAT SIMMONS RECALLS THE DOOBIE BROTHERS' CLASSIC SECOND ERA

4/3/2013

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

SIDE NOTES

  • 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


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