To celebrate 50 years since the band’s formation, founding members Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons and John McFee will reunite for a special North American tour next year.
Kicking off in June 2020, the 30-date run will mark the first time the foursome will tour together in nearly a quarter century.
Simmons teased The Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary Tour trek during the band’s set Monday night (Nov. 18) at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, part of a short outing that includes performances of its albums Toulouse Street and The Captain and Me.
After hitting “Takin’ It To the Streets,” the singer and guitarist told the audience, “that’s really good, maybe we should go on the road.” He wasn’t kidding. The four-time Grammy winning band will kick off the jaunt June 9, 2020 in West Palm Beach, FL, the first stop of 30 cities including Nashville, Toronto, Denver, Seattle and Los Angeles.
Also, the Doobies will loop into Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View, CA for a hometown show on Sept. 12, with Houston’s The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion hosting the final date on the tour, Oct. 10.
“We’re truly excited about our 50th Anniversary Tour,” comments Johnston in a statement, “as it’s a celebration of the band’s entire history. We’ll be performing songs from our full catalog, as well as new music.”
According to LN, expect to hear a wide range of the veteran band’s hits on the 2020 outing, including “Listen To The Music,” “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “Long Train Running,” “Black Water,” “What A Fool Believes,” “China Grove,” “Minute By Minute,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Jesus Is Just Alright With Me” and others.
Earlier this year, Johnston told Billboard the Doobies have been in the studio with producer John Shanks (Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Goo Goo Dolls, Miley Cyrus), creating five songs for an EP the band plans to release next year.
The Doobie Brothers 50th Anniversary Tour 2020 dates:
June 9 — Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
June 10 — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
June 14 — Ameris Bank Amphitheatre (Formerly Verizon Amphitheatre), Alpharetta, GA
June 17 — Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
June 19 — PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
June 20 — Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC
June 23 — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA
June 24 — Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
June 26 — PPL Center, Allentown, PA
June 27 — BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
June 29 — PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
June 30 — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
July 2 — Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
July 3 — Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA
July 19 — Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON
July 22 — Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 26 — Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
July 30 — Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Noblesville, IN
Aug. 2 — DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
Aug. 4 — Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
Aug. 8 — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, Tinley Park, IL
Aug. 14 — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Aug. 30 — Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Sept. 2 — USANA Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT
Sept. 5 — White River Amphitheatre. Seattle, WA
Sept. 12 — Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
Sept. 18 — The Forum, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 3 — Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 9 — Toyota Music Factory, Irving, TX
Oct. 10 — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX