Doobie Brothers Move Reunion Tour with Michael McDonald to 2021

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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 announced today (May 26) that they have moved their 50th anniversary tour and reunion with Michael McDonald to 2021. The classic rock legends had originally announced the 2020 celebration with their former lead vocalist and keyboardist last Nov. 18. The tour was to start June 9 but it became increasingly obvious that it would be postponed, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It’ll now commence on July 17, 2021.

See the complete itinerary below. Due to scheduling conflicts, previously announced dates in Mount Pleasant, Mich., Sioux City, Iowa, Boise, Id., Albuquerque, N. Mex., Little Rock, Ark., Bossier City, La., and Memphis, Tenn., have been cancelled.

Fans are encouraged to hold on to their tickets as they will be valid for the new dates. If ticket holders can no longer attend or would prefer a refund, they will receive an email directly allowing them to request one.

On Jan. 15, the Doobie Brothers 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, which was originally to be held on May 2. It’s now scheduled for Nov.. 7.

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.

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

The Doobie Brothers 2021 Tour

Jul 17 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Jul 18 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Jul 21 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
Jul 23 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Jul 24 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Jul 26 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Jul 27 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Jul 29 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Jul 30 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Aug 01 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
Aug 02 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 04 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Aug 05 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Aug 07 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
Aug 08 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater
Aug 10 – Saratoga Springs, NY – SPAC
Aug 12 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Aug 14 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug 15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug 26 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
Aug 27 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
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

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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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