Doobie Brothers celebrating 50 years with founding members on Blossom-bound tour

It feels like a lifetime away, but the summer’s season at Blossom Music Center continues to take shape.

We just had the announcement that a reunited Black Crowes will play the outdoor Cuyahoga Falls venue in August, and now comes word rock-music vets The Doobie Brothers will play there July 22.

The Rock Hall-nominated act will be embarking on a 30-city North American tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding. And, says a news release from event promoter Live Nation, members Tom Johnson, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons and John McFee will be back together for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century.

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The Doobie Brothers perform at Ryman Auditorium Nov. 18, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (Associated Press photos)

The announcement of the tour, says the news release, came at the conclusion of the band’s recent performance at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, in which they played two of their iconic albums, “Toulouse Street” and “The Captain and Me.” McDonald took to the stage during the band’s encore and gave a surprise performance of The Doobie Brothers’ smash hit single “Takin’ It To The Streets,” before Simmons announced that the entire band would be teaming up for a North American tour.

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Michael McDonald performs “Takin’ It To The Streets” and “Listen To The Music” with the Doobie Brothers before they announced their 50th Anniversary Tour at The Doobie Brothers at Ryman Auditorium Nov. 18 in Nashville, Tenn.

Some more background on the group from the release:

The Doobie Brothers represent the best of a diverse range of American musical styles, incorporating elements of Rock n’ Roll, Blues, Soul, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, and R&B. Their sound has influenced artists across all genres of music and their impact on the industry can be seen across generations, from their start in 1970 through to today. Fans who attend THE DOOBIE BROTHERS 50 TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR can expect to hear (a) wide range of the band’s hit songs, 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 many more.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Dec. 6. Bookmark this Ticketmaster page.

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