Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald: Big 2020 With Reunion Tour, Rock Hall

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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 big plans to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Last Nov. 18, they announced a reunion tour with their former lead vocalist and keyboardist, Michael McDonald. (On Nov. 25, nearly two dozen additional dates were added.)

And on Jan. 15, they were finally chosen for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They’ll be part of the Class of 2020 at the ceremony on May 2.

Last fall’s 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 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 “Chain Grove.” Simmons sang lead on their first #1 single, “Black Water.”

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 are finally inducted into the Rock Hall, the following members will be inducted: Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, John Hartman, Michael Hossack, Johnston, Keith Knudsen, McDonald, McFee, Tiran Porter and Simmons.

The group has a 2020 Las Vegas residency, from Feb. 7-22, without McDonald. Tickets for the 2020 reunion tour are available at Ticketmaster.com and here.

Joining them on the tour are the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

The Doobie Brothers 2020 Tour

Jun 9 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Jun 10 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Jun 12 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
Jun 14 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Jun 17 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Jun 19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Jun 20 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Jun 23 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Jun 24 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Jun 26 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
Jun 27 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Jun 29 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Jun 30 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Jul 02 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul 03 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Jul 05 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater
Jul 18 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
Jul 19 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Jul 21 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
Jul 22 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
Jul 24 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Jul 26 – Saratoga Springs, NY – SPAC
Jul 29 – Toledo, OH – The Zoo Amphitheater
Jul 30 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Aug 01 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Aug 02 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 04 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Aug 06 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
Aug 08 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 09 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Aug 12 – Sioux City, IA – Tyson Center
Aug 14 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 15 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
Aug 28 – St. Paul, MN – Minnesota Stair Fair
Aug 30 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Sep 02 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Sep 03 – Boise, ID – Ford Amphitheatre
Sep 05 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Sep 06 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Sep 08 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
Sep 10 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheater
Sep 12 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep 13 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
Sep 17 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheater
Sep 18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Oct 03 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Oct 07 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Oct 09 – Irving, TX – Toyota Music Factory
Oct 10 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct 12 – Little Rock, AR – Simmons Bank Arena
Oct 14 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Arena
Oct 15 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Oct 17 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum

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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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  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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