The Doobie Brothers have just tagged a dozen new cities on to their upcoming itinerary, stretching the band's 50th anniversary shows with Michael McDonald through the fall. The new autumn dates kick off on September 2nd in Pelham, Alabama at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre and run through October 12th when the band hits Nashville, Tennessee's Bridgestone Arena.
We asked guitarist Tom Johnston if incorporating Michael McDonald's material into the band's repertoire took some extra elbow-grease for the group: “Well, it always needs to be rehearsed, (whether) if Mike's here or not. We always rehearse a lot before going out. Mike brings another facet musically to the show, which is frankly, I think, kinda cool. He brings some depth — a little more depth — I should say, and it goes in a different direction. So, what you do is you place those songs accordingly through the set and mix it up with the other songs and then people get, as I said, the full aspect of what the band has done over the years.”
Set for publication on May 10th is Long Train Runnin' – Our Story, written by Doobies co-founders Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons with Chris Epting.