Michael McDonald reuniting with Doobie Brothers for 50th anniversary tour

Brenda Watkins
November 20, 2019

However, following the band's split in 1982, McDonald embarked on a solo career, occasionally reuniting with the group over the years, with his last appearance being back in 1996.

The Bay Area-spawned rockers, who are also nominees for the 2020 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, haven't played a full tour with McDonald in almost 25 years.

The tour will also feature singer-guitarists Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons along with multi-instrumentalist John McFee, a collaboration that hasn't toured together in 25 years.

At the end of their show Monday night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the smoky vocalist surprised the crowd by joining the band to perform the classic "Takin' it to the Streets". They had hits with "Listen to the Music", "Long Train Runnin'" and "China Grove".

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"We're truly excited about our 50th anniversary tour, as it's a celebration of the band's entire history", Johnston said in a statement. "What a Fool Believes", a song McDonald wrote with Kenny Loggins that appears on the Doobies" 1978 album Minute by Minute, might be the ultimate example of the genre.

The tour starts June 9 in West Palm Beach, Fla., and wraps up October 10 in Houston. "We'll be performing songs from our full catalogue, as well as new music".

Tickets for the 50th Anniversary reunion tour go on sale at 10 a.m. December 6 through Live Nation.

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