The Doobie Brothers have extended their in-progress run into late fall while simultaneously working on a new studio effort due out next year.
The North American outing, which began in May, continued last night (6/23) in Raleigh, NC, and crisscrosses the nation through mid-November. A handful of Canadian stops, including a two-night stand July 22-23 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, are also on the books. The veteran rockers will finish the trek with a Nov. 14 performance in San Francisco. The full schedule is shown below:
06/24 - Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater 06/25 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center at Wolf Trap 06/27 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 06/28 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 07/01 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre 07/02 - Canandaigua, NY - Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center 07/03 - Atlantic City, NJ - Tropicana Casino & Resort 07/22-23 - Niagara Falls, Ontario - Fallsview Casino Resort 07/24 - Belleville, Ontario - Empire Square 07/25 - London, Ontario - Harris Park 07/27 - Oshkosh, WI - EAA AirVenture Aero Shell 07/29 - Grand Rapids, MI - Frederik Meijer Gardens 07/30 - Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion 07/31 - Evansville, IN - Mesker Amphitheatre 08/01 - Florence, IN - Belterra Casino Resort 08/03 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival at Ravinia Park 08/15 - Groton, CT - Naval Submarine Base 08/16 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion 08/20 - Harrisonburg, VA - Rockingham County Fair 08/21 - Lincoln, RI - The Twin River Events Center 08/22 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre 09/01 - Salem, OR - The Pavilion at Oregon State Fairgrounds 09/02 - Tulalip, WA - Tulalip Amphitheatre 09/04 - Big Sky, MT - Meadow Village Pavilion 09/06 - Snowmass, CO - Snowmass Town Park 09/12 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery 10/22 - Madisonville, KY - Glema Mahr Center for the Arts 10/23 - Greenville, SC - Peace Center Concert Hall 10/24 - Fayetteville, NC - Cumberland County Civic Center 10/25 - Altoona, PA - Jaffa Mosque 10/30 - Bossier City, LA - Horseshoe Riverdome 10/31 - Biloxi, MS - IP Showroom 11/01 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater 11/02 - Fort Worth, TX - Bass Performance Hall 11/13 - Santa Ynez, CA - Chumash Casino 11/14 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island
The extensive get-together reunites the group's longest-running lineup, comprised of founding members and primary songwriters Tom Johnson and Pat Simmons, guitarist John McFee and drummer Michael Hossack, along with bassist Skylark, keyboardist Guy Allison, saxophonist Mark Russo and drummer Ed Toth.
"This formation of the band has been together for 20 years, which is as long as we've had any lineup," Johnston said in a press release. "There's no drama, and the joy in the music is evident; it's a pleasure to be able to share those good vibes with the audience. It's magic."
The band is working on an as-yet untitled new studio set, according to longtime manager Bruce Cohn, while working the road behind a number of classic hits, including "Black Water," "China Grove" and "Takin' It To The Streets."
The forthcoming record, which will be the group's first new material in a decade, has the band working alongside legendary producer Ted Templeman, who produced all 12 of the rockers' Warner Brothers albums.
"It's been years since Tom and I have been together in the studio with Ted, but it's as though we've never been apart," Simmons said in a press release. "The chemistry and camaraderie are as strong as ever."
The new effort is expected to surface in the first half of 2010.
Thanks for the report to Livedaily.com.