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The Doobie Brothers

Postby Chris » Wed May 27, 2015 11:39 pm

The Doobie Brothers – Friday, July 17 at 11pm

Tom Johnston – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
Patrick Simmons – guitars, banjo, flute, vocals
John McFee – guitars, harmonica, dobro, pedal steel, violin, vocals
John Cowan – bass guitar, vocals
Guy Allison – keyboards, backing vocals
Marc Russo - saxophone
Tony Pia - drums
Ed Toth – drums, percussion

Singer/guitarist Tom Johnston and drummer John Hartman began putting together the band that would become The Doobie Brothers in California in 1969. Singer/guitarist Patrick Simmons and bassist Dave Shogren joined in 1970 and the band began playing in Northern California. With success from their live shows and a set of demos, the band signed with Warner Bros. Records in 1971. Their self-titled debut, which was the beginning of a long relationship with producer Ted Templeman, was released that year to little fanfare. The band added a 2nd drummer, Michael Hossack and the band went to work on their 2nd album. Shogren left and was replaced by singer/bassist Tiran Porter. The trio of voices of Johnston/Simmons/Porter and the now two-drummer sound, led the bands’ second album, 1972’s Platinum-selling Toulouse Street, to #21 on the charts behind the bands’ first hits, the #11 “Listen to the Music” and #35 “Jesus is Just Alright.” 1973’s The Captain and Me continued the band’s success, went double platinum while rising to #7 behind the #15 “China Grove” and #8 “Long Train Runnin’.” Hossack quit while working on the next album and was replaced by Keith Knudsen. Steely Dan guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter joined the band fully after several years of working with the band in the studio and occasionally onstage. 1974’s What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits reached #4 and went triple platinum behind three hits, including the bands’ first #1 hit “Black Water.” The Memphis Horns appeared on the album and would also tour with the band. 1975 would see the band release Stampede. The album would only reach gold, but reached #4 behind the #11 “Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While).” Johnston experienced health problems and was replaced on tour by Michael McDonald, who had also been in Steely Dan. With Johnston's diminished role in the band, McDonald joined the band officially and the band released Takin’ It to the Streets in 1976. The album would reach #8 behind the #13 title song, the first hit to feature McDonald on vocals. “It Keeps Your Running” reached #37 from that album in 1977. Johnston officially left and the band’s next release, One time roadie Bobby LaKind joined the band as backup vocalist and percussion. 1977’s Livin’ on the Fault Line, would be the first without a hit single since their debut. However, 1978’s Minute by Minute would become the band’s most successful album, spending 5 weeks on top of the charts behind the band’s 2nd #1 hit “What a Fool Believes.” That McDonald/Kenny Loggins penned song would earn Grammy’s for Record of the Year as well as Song of the Year and the album won a Grammy for Pop Vocal Performance by a Group while earning a nomination for Album of the Year. The song “Minute by Minute” reached #14 and “Depending on You” hit #25. However, the band began to implode under its enormous success and Hartman, Baxter, and LaKind left the band. The band forged on, adding several members (including the return of LaKind) and continuing to tour, and released One Step Closer in 1979. It reached #5 behind the #24 title track and #5 “Real Love” but would fail to live up to the success of Minute by Minute. Porter soon left the band and Simmons left in late 1981 as the last original member. At this time, with McDonald the clear focal point, the band decided to disband. Most would return during their 1982 Farewell Tour but the band would stay apart for several years after that tour. Many members would reunite in 1987 (without McDonald) and Johnston, Simmons, Hartman, Porter, Hossack, and LaKind released Cycles in 1989. The album reached #17 behind the hits “Need a Little Taste of Love” and “The Doctor,” which would hit #9 on the charts (and #1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart). 1991’s Brotherhood album sold poorly but “Dangerous” hit #2 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. While continuing to tour, the band would release another album until 2000’s Sibling Rivalry. They would wait another 10 years until 2010’s World Gone Crazy. Their latest album is 2014’s Southbound. The band will be making their 3rd appearance at Moondance Jam when they close the night on Friday, July 17.

Album Charts
1971 The Doobie Brothers #210
1972 Toulouse Street #21 Platinum
1973 The Captain and Me #7 2X Platinum
1974 What Were Once Vices are Now Habits #4 2X Platinum
1975 Stampede #4 Gold
1976 Takin’ It to the Streets #8 Platinum
1976 Best of the Doobies #5 10X Platinum (Diamond status)
1977 Livin’ on the Fault Line #10 Gold
1978 Minute by Minute #1 3X Platinum
1980 One Step Closer #3 Platinum
1981 Best of the Doobies Vol. II #39 Gold
1983 Farewell Tour (Live) #79
1989 Cycles #17 Gold
1991 Brotherhood #81
2000 Sibling Rivalry
2001 Greatest Hits #142
2010 World Gone Crazy
2014 Southbound

Singles Charts
1971 Nobody #58
1972 Listen to the Music #11
1972 Jesus is Just Alright #35
1973 Long Train Runnin’ #8
1973 China Grove #15
1974 Another Park, Another Sunday #32
1974 Eyes of Silver #52
1974 Black Water #1
1975 Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me) #11
1975 Sweet Maxine #40
1975 I Cheat the Hangman #60
1976 Takin’ It to the Streets #13
1976 Wheels of Fortune #87
1976 It Keeps You Runnin’ #37
1977 Little Darling (I Need You) #48
1977 Echoes of Love #66
1979 What a Fool Believes #1
1979 Minute by Minute #14
1979 Dependin’ on You #25
1980 Real Love #5
1980 One Step Closer #24
1980 Keep This Train A-Rollin’ #62
1981 Wynken, Blynken, and Nod #76
1981 Here to Love You #65
1983 You Belong to Me (Live) #79
1989 The Doctor #9
1989 Need a Little Tasteof Love #45
1989 South of the Border (#30 on Mainstream Rock Chart)
1991 Dangerous (#2 on Mainstream Rock Chart)
1991 Rollin’ On (#12 on Mainstream Rock Chart)

Did You Know?
The Doobie Brothers have won 4 Grammy’s, all from their 1978 Minute by Minute album.
They have had five Top 10 singles and 16 Top 40 hits.
They have 3 multi-Platinum, 7 Platinum, and 14 Gold albums.
The Doobie Brothers just received the ASCAP Voice of Music Award.
The band will be playing a series of shows with Gregga Allman starting in August.
They have sold over 40 million albums worldwide.
They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004.
Tom Johnston called the early formation of the band Pud.
Local Northern California Hells Angels’ chapters were early fans of the band and helped them land a recurring gig at the Chateau Liberte in the Santa Cruz mountains in the early 70’s.
The album photos for Toulouse Street were taken at a former brothel on Toulouse Street in New Orlean’s French Quarter.
Ted Templeman produced the band throughout their career.
Templeman produced all of the early Van Halen albums and also produced Honeymoon Suites’ Racing After Midnight in 1988.
“Long Time Runnin’” was originally an ad-libbed jam the band did onstage.
Templeman talked Johnston into writing words to the song about a train and it eventually reached #8 on the charts.
They played the song on the debut TV episode of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert in 1973
Bananarama covered “Long Train Runnin’” in 1991.
The damaged overpass on The Captain and Me album was damaged in the 1971 San Fernando earthquake.
The same section would again collapse in the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
After Keith Knudsen took Michael Hossack’s place in 1973, Hossack took Knudsen’s place in the band Bonaroo.
“Black Water” was the band’s first #1 hit and sold over a million copies.
“Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)” was originally done written by the Motown team of Holland-Dozier-Holland.
Kim Weston originally recorded the song. Her version reached #50 in 1965.
Carly Simon released a version of “It Keeps You Runnin’” on her 1976 album Another Passenger.
The Doobie Brothers were the backing band for her on that song.
The Best of the Doobies album has sold over 12million copies, earning the band the Diamond Award for sales.
The band played themselves on the 1978 ABC sitcom What’s Happening!!
Kenny Loggins simultaneously released “What a Fool Believes” on his 1978 album Nightwatch.
Michael Jackson was said to have sung back up on several songs from Minute by Minute but was not credited on the album.
The band’s 1979 performance on Saturday Night Live was the last television performance of the band before several members left after the success of Minute by Minute.
“Dangerous” was featured in the Brian Bosworth film Stone Cold.
The band filmed a CMT Crossroads special with country artist Luke Bryan in 2011.
They performed “Listen to the Music” and “Takin’ It to the Streets” on the 2014 CMA Awards.
Famous Japanese singer/songwriter Eikichi Yazawa had the band play on his albums in the early 80’s.
John McFee and Bobby LaKind wrote several songs for Yazawa.
Tom Johnston embarked on a solo career in 1979 and had a minor hit with “Savannah Nights.”
He also had a song on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack called “Where Are You Tonight?”
John McFee played pedal steel guitar on Huey Lewis & the News’ “Honky Tonk Blues” and Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey.”
He also played on Steve Miller Band’s Fly Like An Eagle and the Grateful Dead’s From the Mars Hotel and a number of Elvis Costello albums.
He played
He had a string of country hits in the band Southern Pacific in the 80’s.

May 13, 2015 in Nashville, TN
Set 1
Slippery St. Paul
Toulouse Street
Rainy Day Crossroad Blues
Snake Man
Steamer Lane Breakdown
Black Water
Set 2
Jesus is Just Alright
Neal’s Fndango
World Gone Crazy
Clear as the Driven Snow
South City Midnight Lady
Eyes of Silver
Long Train Runnin’
China Grove
Listen to the Music

May 2, 2015 in Alpharetta, GA
Jesus Is Just Alright
Rockin’ Down the Highway
Dependin’ On You
World Gone Crazy
Neal’s Fandango
South City Midnight Lady
Eyes of Silver
Takin’ It to the Streets
Don’t Start Me Talkin’
Black Water
Long Train Runnin’
China Grove
Road Angel
Listen to the Music

Jesus Is Just Alright (live Midnight Special)
Rockin’ Down the Highway
Dependin’ On You
World Gone Crazy
Neal’s Fandango
South City Midnight Lady
Eyes of Silver
Takin’ It to the Streets
Don’t Start Me Talkin’
Black Water
Long Train Runnin’
China Grove
Road Angel
Listen to the Music

Previous Moondance Jam Appearances
Jam 9 - 2000
Jam 15 – 2006

My Take
The Doobie Brothers are the type of band that Moondance Jam was built on. Classic rock, easy to listen to, and even easier to sing and dance to. I’m surprised that this is only the 3rd time they have played Moondance Jam. I’m also surprised it was 9 years ago the last time they graced the jam stage. It doesn’t seem like that long ago! I’ve seen them another time as well, on a tour with Chicago in the late 90’s. I remember Patrick Simmons announcing at that concert that “Michael McDonald will not be here tonight because he is sick….of us!” The McDonald-era is largely ignored during their live shows, which says a lot about this version of the band. Rather than bring in someone to specifically sing McDonald’s parts, like so many bands do today, they concentrate mostly on the rest of their catalog, which is extensive and still full of hits. They have also been delving into some of their non-hits as well so even the hardcore Doobie Brother fan should be happy with this show. I’m looking forward to the sing-alongs that I know will happen on “Black Water,” “China Grove,” and “Listen to the Music,” but I’m also looking forward to hearing “South City Midnight Lady” and the jam on“Neal’s Fandango,” as well as the newer “World Gone Crazy,” which still has that classic Doobie Brother sound. I think they have kind of been overlooked this year when people talk about the lineup but I definitely think it will be a performance we will remember.
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Re: The Doobie Brothers

Postby IanR » Thu May 28, 2015 2:28 am

Its sad they leave out stuff from the McDonald era as What a Fool Believes is in my top 100 songs, but hey-ho you can't have everything lol
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