This would be the bands first album of new material since 2010’s “World Gone Crazy.” Three years ago the Doobie did release “Southbound” but it was all retakes of their classic tunes with country artists. The project peaked at #16 on the Billboard album chart and #7 on the Country album chart.

So why is guitarist Pat Simmons, who’s been with them since their first album in 1971 so excited about moving forward? He says it’s Bill Payne of Little Feat fame joining officially on keyboards. He’s been with them since 2015 and as Simmons puts it, “This is the guy that played on the original ‘China Grove,’ and ‘Rockin’ Down The Highway.’ He’s played on almost every Doobie Brothers album.”

Simmons says in the last few months the band cut four songs in the studio and plan to release the album in early 2018 adding “It kinda sounds like the Doobie Brothers.”

Honorary Doobie Michael McDonald has a new album in September, 15 called “Wide Open.” The first single “Find It In Your Heart” is already out.

The Doobie Brothers no longer have two drummers like in the good old days. Original drummer John Hartman retired in the 90’s, Michael Hossack died at 65 in 2012, Keith Knudsen passed in 2005 – he was 56. Percussionist Bobby LaKind died in 1992 at 47, we have also lost a few more alumni from the band, original bassist Dave Shogren died in 1999 at 49 and Saxophonist Cornelius Bumpus died at 58 in 2004.

The Doobie Brothers were at the Classic West festival last week with Steely Dan, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Journey, and Earth, Wind, and Fire, and they’ll do it again this coming weekend. Then they will continue their long summer tour with Chicago.

The Doobie Brothers are still a big band with seven members including original singer Tom Johnston, Simmons, Payne, guitarist John McFee who officially joined in 1993 and that’s just big boys. Bassist John Cowan of New Grass Revival fame played Simmons before joining the Doobies. Marc Russo is their sax player and former Vertical Horizon member Ed Toth is their drummer.. – by John Beaudin

Chicago / Doobie Brothers tour dates (subject to change):

July 25 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 26 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 28 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
July 29 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live (Chicago only)
July 29 – New York, NY – “Classic East” at Citi Field (The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Earth, Wind & Fire)
July 30 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loan Amphitheater
August 1 – Selbyville, DE – Freeman Stage
August 2 – Hyannis, MA – Cape Code Melody Tent
August 5 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest
August 6 – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theater
August 25 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Amphitheatre
August 26, 27 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle
August 30 – Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery
September 1 – Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheatre
September 2 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
September 3 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Civic Center
September 6 – Merida, MX – Coliseo Yucatan
September 8 – Puebla, MX – Acropolis Puebla
September 9 – Mexico City, MX – Arena Ciudad de Mexico
September 12 – Guadalajara, MX – Auditorio Telmex
September 14 – Monterrey, MX – Arena Monterrey
September 22 – Laughlin, NV – Harrah’s Laughlin – Rio Vista
September 23 – Pomona, CA – Los Angeles County Fair
September 27 – Bloomsburg, PA – Bloomsburg Fair
September 28 – Stamford, CT – Palace Theatre
September 30 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
October 1 – Brooklyn, NY – Ford Amphitheater
October 6 – Fresno, CA – Fresno Fairgrounds
November 16 – Shippensburg, PA – Luhrs PAC

John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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