Doobie Brothers have begun recording new music; ex-Allman Brothers Band member joins touring lineup
Written by Classic Rock 93.9 on May 22, 2018
While The Doobie Brothers recently kicked off a lengthy joint North American tour with Steely Dan, longtime multi-instrumentalist John McFee reports that his band also has started work on a potential new studio album.
McFee tells Billboard, “That’s our plan. We do want to make some new music. As a matter of fact, we have gone in and already cut four songs.”
The Doobie Brothers’ most recent album, 2014’s Southbound, was a collection of new versions of their classic songs recorded with a variety of guest country artists. The band’s last album of new original tunes was World Gone Crazy, which came out in 2010.
In other news, The Doobie Brothers have announced via their Twitter feed that longtime Allman Brothers Band percussionist Marc Quiñones has joined their touring lineup. The Doobies continue to be led by original members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, along with McPhee. Founding Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne also is a touring member of the band.
The Doobie Brothers tour with Steely Dan is plotted out through a July 14 concert in Bethel, New York. The band also will be The Eagles‘ support act at a September 22 show in San Diego, and have a headlining performance lined up in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, on November 7.
Here’s The Doobie Brothers full upcoming 2018 itinerary; all shows with Steely Dan unless otherwise noted:
5/22 — New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
5/24 — Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
5/25 — Dallas, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
5/27 — Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
5/30 — Inglewood, CA, The Forum
6/1 — Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
6/2 — Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
6/4 — Portland, OR, Moda Center
6/5 — Seattle, WA, KeyArena
6/7 — Missoula, MT, Ogren Park Allegiance Field
6/9 — Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
6/10 — Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
6/12 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
6/15 — Saint Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
6/16 — Madison, WI, Breese Stevens
6/18 — Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
6/19 — St Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
6/21 — Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
6/23 — Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/24 — Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
6/26 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/27 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/30 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/2 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage
7/3 — Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
7/6 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/7 — Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/10 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/11 — Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
7/13 — Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
7/14 — Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
9/22 — San Diego, CA, PETCO Park+
11/7 — Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre*
+ = with The Eagles and Zac Brown Band
* = headlining show.
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