Doobie Brothers Reunion Tour with Michael McDonald Set For 2021-2022

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The Doobie Brothers’ Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald and John McFee (Photo: Clay Patrick McBride; used with permission)

The Doobie Brothers have added three concerts to their 50th anniversary tour and reunion with Michael McDonald. The tour was originally set to start on June 9, 2020, but was delayed due to the pandemic and postponed for roughly a year. It’s now scheduled to begin in August with 32 dates (including three that were added on June 8). It will then resume in summer 2022.

See the complete itinerary below. The classic rock legends had originally announced the celebration with their former lead vocalist and keyboardist on Nov. 18, 2019.

On Jan. 15, 2020, the Doobie Brothers were finally chosen for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020.

The group’s Fall 2019 original surprise reunion announcement was at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium when the former frontman joined the band on stage. The tour reunites McDonald with founding members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, and longtime member John McFee, for a North American run to celebrate the group’s 50th anniversary.

As they finished the Nov. 18, 2019, encore of “Black Water,” Simmons said to the audience, “You might remember him from, well, he has his own band these days… But you might remember him from his band, the Doobie Brothers… Mr. Michael McDonald.”

Out came McDonald who led the band on a performance of “Takin’ It to the Streets,” the group’s first single with him as lead vocalist.

Following the song, Simmons revealed the news of the reunion tour.

McDonald, born Feb. 12, 1952, joined the band in 1975 as a temporary replacement for Johnston who had been in poor health. It is Johnston who provides the classic rock lead vocals on many of the Doobie Brothers‘ early hits including “Listen to the Music,” “Long Train Runnin'” and “China Grove.” Simmons sang lead on their first #1 single, “Black Water.”

Related: “China Grove” – Admit it, you don’t know the lyrics

A greatest hits collection, Best of the Doobies, released in October 1976, contained songs from both lead singers. Though it peaked on the chart at only #5, it has over 10 million copies.

The Doobie Brothers’ Minute By Minute album was #1 for 5 weeks in 1979

McDonald’s soulful voice soon led to such hits as “Minute By Minute,” “Real Love” and the group’s second #1, “What a Fool Believes.” The group’s Minute By Minute album was a huge seller, topping the album charts for five weeks.

The band’s career soared to even greater success and when Johnston returned, briefly, he had a diminished role. Several years later, when Simmons also departed, the Doobie Brothers disbanded.

Related: Our interview with Johnston and Simmons

When the Doobie Brothers were finally inducted into the Rock Hall, the following members were included: Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, John Hartman, Michael Hossack, Johnston, Keith Knudsen, McDonald, McFee, Tiran Porter and Simmons.

Tickets for the 2021-2022 reunion tour are available at and here.

The Doobie Brothers 2021 Tour

Aug 22 – Des Moines, IA – Iowa State Fair
Aug 24 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion*
Aug 26 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center*
Aug 28 – Moline, IL – Taxslayer Center*
Aug 29 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 31 – St. Paul, MN – Minnesota Stair Fair
Sep 02 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep 04 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
Sep 05 – Toledo, OH – The Zoo Amphitheater
Sep 08 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Sep 09 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
Sep 11 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Sep 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Sep 14 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
Sep 15 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sep 27 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Sep 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Oct 01 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
Oct 02 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Oct 05 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Oct 08 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheater
Oct 09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Oct 11 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
Oct 13 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Oct 14 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheater
Oct 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Oct 19 – Irving, TX – Toyota Music Factory
Oct 21 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct 23 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Oct 25 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Oct 28 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Oct 29 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center

*Added on June 8

Jun 02 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Jun 03 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Jun 05 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
Jun 07 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Jun 08 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Jun 10 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Jun 11 – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Jun 13 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Jun 14 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Jun 16 – Saratoga Springs, NY – SPAC
Jun 18 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
Jun 19 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater
Jun 21 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Jun 23 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Jun 25 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Jun 26 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Jun 29 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Jun 30 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens

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  1. Ratbone
    #1 Ratbone 20 November, 2019, 00:35

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Don’t tour with McDonald! He single-handedly destroyed The Doobie Brothers! McDonald took a rockin’ band and turned it into shit!

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    • LakeCity Leroy
      LakeCity Leroy 25 November, 2019, 22:19

      Agree 100%. I was excited to get tickets until I saw that travesty. I never cared for the band while he was a member.

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    • Bolt Backer
      Bolt Backer 23 May, 2021, 21:55

      Your comment sounds so uneducated, you did not like the McD. Era that’s fine, but it sure was not shit, they were 2 different sounds and allowed a great band to continue and expand there musical sounds. If 4 Grammies and multi amount of top singles is shit, then I guess shit is good. Your opinion is your own, but to define thu music as shit is very narrowed minded. Give the McD. Era it’s credit if you like it or not. It’s still has its value and many fans agree. M. McD. Is one of the greatest vocalist/Song writers /Keyboard player who created a style of music that was copied by many of artist. I’ll be at a few of the shows rocketing out and appreciating both era’s of the DB’s. —Peace…

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  2. DD Dillard
    #2 DD Dillard 20 November, 2019, 03:34

    Doobies HOPE to make it to The RR Hall of Fame? What a travesty. I mean NWA and The Beastie Boys are there. Which is a fucking JOKE. RRHOF has lost all credibility.

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  3. Bomber
    #3 Bomber 20 November, 2019, 13:48

    When I was in junior high our entire class won their greatest hits album.Hope Skunk Baxter takes some time off to tour with them

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  4. Curly
    #4 Curly 1 June, 2021, 21:49

    This will be a great 50th tour. I have my tickets. I have been talking to Michael on line about the tour. I’m really looking forward to the show.

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  5. Hazyguru
    #5 Hazyguru 8 June, 2021, 21:10

    Would love to see them tour down under in Australia. No covid here!

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