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Doobie Brothers Longtime Drummer Mike Hossack Passes Away After Battle With Cancer

Michael HossackMarch 13,2012—Sonoma CA—Longtime Doobie Brothers drummer Mike Hossack passed away peacefully yesterday March 12 at his home in Dubois, Wyoming after a long battle with cancer he was 65.  Doobie Brothers manager Bruce Cohn made the announcement. [PHOTOS]

“Mike was a one-of-a kind guy and a long-time member of the Doobie Brothers,” remembers Cohn. “He was a fighter and fought the big battle with cancer and he was a close personal friend of mine and I speak for Mike’s family and the entire band when I say he will be greatly missed.”

The Doobie Brothers Tom Johnston remembered Hossack, “Mike has always been a part of my musical life and the life of the Doobie Brothers; from our earliest singles, like China Grove and Blackwater to our most recent single Brighter Day.   He was an incredible musician, a studio quality drummer.  The last few years, he was brave and determined to keep on playing in the face of ill health, and I will always admire him for that.  He was a terrific dad and family man, and we will all miss him.”

The Doobie’s Pat Simmons, who was a close friend of Hossack’s, said, “When my kids were little, they used to call him Big Mike, because to them he was such a big guy.  But to me and those who knew him, he had an even a bigger heart.  We were friends for 43 years and we shared some wonderful adventures together, times I will never forget.  Thanks for all those wonderful memories Mike, and all the great music. We love you.” Read more

Late Doobie Brothers Drummer Keith Knudsen featured in Modern Drummer

Longtime Doobie Brothers drummer Keith Knudsen is featured as drummer of the day at

Drummer Michael Hossack Returns to the Doobie Brothers

Doobie Brothers in Las Vegas February 2009 - photo by a fan named DennisThe Doobie Brothers and their fans are now celebrating the triumphant return of drummer Michael Hossack, who was sidelined by an injury in a taxi cab accident in the summer of 2008, forcing him to sit out for half a year worth of shows.

In between tour dates, the band is currently in the studio working on their upcoming full-length album, which marks the return of the longtime Doobie Brothers producer Ted Templeman. 15 songs have been written for this release.

We’ll keep you posted with updates regarding the album and tour as information becomes available!

Doobie Brothers Drummer Injured

Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack has been injured in a taxi cab accident while on tour with the band. He is currently in stable condition in the hospital, and will be missing some shows.

The Doobie Brothers are continuing their current tour with Doobie drummer Ed Toth keeping the beat for the band. All of our best wishes go out to Mike for a speedy recovery.

Doobies Drummer Launches Website

Ed TothDoobies drummer Ed Toth, also known for his stellar drumming with multi-platinum group Vertical Horizon, and his numerous production and studio credits, has launched a new website,

Ed’s awesomely designed website includes a comprehensive bio, discography, and is up-to-date with his latest projects.

Check it out!

The Doobie Brothers: Their long train keeps runnin’, but with a sharper twang

After teaming up with country stars for a new album, the Doobies are heading to Pompano Beach.

Think of it as a Southern-fried greatest-hits endeavor: The Doobie Brothers took their thick catalog of hits to Nashville, and connected with current country stars.

The result is “Southbound,” which finds the band partnering with country singers such as Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, Chris Young and Toby Keith. The November release consists of 12 classic songs, including “China Grove,” “Listen to the Music,” “Black Water” and “Jesus Is Just Alright.”

Guitarist John McFee argues that only a fool would believe the Doobie Brothers, who will appear Feb. 25 in Pompano Beach, and country music are an ill fit. When the band broke up in 1982, McFee and Doobies drummer Keith Knudson formed South Pacific, which lasted from 1983 to 1991 and reached No. 1 on the country charts with “New Shades of Blue” and “Honey, I Dare You.” (The Doobies reunited in 1987.)

“For me, personally, the process has been more of moving ‘back’ into country, or at least sideways into it,” McFee says in an email. “To me, country music has always been part of my life.”

McFee, 64, says country also played a major role in shaping the Doobie Brothers’ sound. He notes that “Black Water” employs acoustic finger-picking and country fiddle, and “South City Midnight Lady” features pedal steel.

“Even ‘Listen to the Music’ had banjo on it,” he says.

The Doobie Brothers formed in 1970. McFee joined in 1979, and again in 1992. Singer-guitarists Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons have been with the band since the beginning. The current lineup’s five other musicians joined within the past 17 years.

McFee says the band often has a tough time figuring out which songs to play in concert. The Doobie Brothers recorded nine albums from 1971 to 1980, seven of which went platinum.

“Our fans have their favorites and ‘wish list’ songs they’d like to hear,” he says. “When it comes time to play the shows, though, it always feels like there is a natural flow to the transitions, and we try hard to make the shows musically engaging for both the fans and ourselves.”

The Doobie Brothers will perform 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, 1806 NE Sixth St. Tickets cost $39-$79. Go to

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Australia / New Zealand Tour Photos Posted

The Doobies road crew (“Crewbies”) have posted some incredible photos from the Australia / New Zealand tour earlier this year. Among other highlights, the Doobies performed with the ever-amazing Elvis Costello and his phenomenal long-time drummer Pete Thomas in Queenstown, New Zealand. Diehard Doobies fans will recall that John McFee also played guitar and pedal steel on Costello’s debut album, My Aim Is True.

Check out the photos below, or on the Doobie Brothers official Flickr Photostream.


The Doobie Brothers with Elvis Costello and Pete Thomas

Thanks to Tyler Habrecht and Jeremy Denton for capturing all of these great moments!

Press Release: Public Television to air The Doobie Brothers Farewell Concert 1982


Public Television to Air Farewell Concert From

Legendary Rock Band The Doobie Brothers

“Far from a tearful farewell – it’s a joyous, full-throated celebration of the life and times of both performers and audience.” – John Swenson, music writer

BOSTON (May 7, 2013) – In 1982, popular classic rock band The Doobie Brothers took to the stage on the final leg of their farewell tour for what was then thought to be their last performance. Though the band did in fact reunite five years later, they were never again on stage in the same configuration.  THE DOOBIE BROTHERS: LIVE AT THE GREEK THEATRE 1982 FAREWELL TOUR, the definitive edition of this famous performance, captures the Doobies at the height of their career and showcases the charisma, musical prowess and showmanship of a seasoned rock band that shines before a live audience.  Airing on public television stations nationwide beginning June 1, 2013, the program offers a non-stop arsenal of the band’s greatest hits.  Read more

Press Release: Doobie Brothers “Live At Wolf Trap” Re Release

Doobie Brothers - Live at Wolf TrapEagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce the release on 3 June 2013 of the Live At Wolf Trap CD, DVD and Blu-ray [Cat. No. EAGCD500, EREDV964 and ERBRD5179 respectively] from the Doobie Brothers.  This title includes the classic hits: “Rockin’ DownThe Highway”, “Takin’ It To The Streets”, “Listen To The Music”, “Long Train Runnin’”, “Nobody”, “China Grove”, “Black Water” and many more.

Recorded on 25 July 2004 at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Virginia, “Live At Wolf Trap” captures The Doobie Brothers in fine form on a set that mixes classic hits with some rarely performed tracks from across their extensive catalogue. This would prove to be the last recorded footage of long time drummer Keith Knudsen performing with the Doobie Brothers, Mike Hossack too has now passed away. Originally released in the autumn of 2004, the show is now being reissued on DVD and CD and will be released on Blu-ray for the first time.


  1. Rockin’ Down The Highway
  2. Jesus Is Just Alright
  3. Dangerous
  4. Another Park, Another Sunday
  5. People Gotta Love Again*
  6. Spirit*
  7. Steamer Lane (instrumental)
  8. South City Midnight Lady
  9. Snake Man
  10. Nobody*
  11. Five Corners
  12. Rainy Day Crossroad Blues
  13. Clear As The Driven Snow
  14. Neal’s Fandango*
  15. Takin’ It To the Streets*
  16. Don’t Start Me Talkin’
  17. Take Me In Your Arms
  18. Little Bitty Pretty One
  19. Black Water
  20. Long Train Runnin’
  21. China Grove
  22. Without You*
  23. Listen To the Music

* Not on CD version

As well as an amazing set of songs, the visual versions of the release also feature bonus features, extra live tracks [‘Dangerous, Takin’ It To The Streets, Without You] and featurettes including “Back Stage Pass” / Doobie-aoke / The Dropped Pick / Outtakes / The Family.  “Live At Wolf Trap” is an essential release for any Doobies fan.
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Press Release: B.R. Cohn Fall Charity Music Festival Wrap-Up


GLEN ELLEN, CA (October 8, 2012) – Vintner, philanthropist, and music artist manager Bruce Cohn is thrilled to conclude the 26th Annual B.R. Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival, Gala Charity Auction Dinner, and the Celebrity Golf Classic.

Highlights included the reunion of Michael McDonald after 6 years with original Doobie singers and songwriters Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons for two shows; Kenny Loggins performing Sunday’s show and singing with the Doobies and Dave Mason; Buddy Guy on Saturday leaving the stage and wading well into the crowd; and guest appearances by Dave Jenkins of Pablo Cruise and Jeff Watson of Night Ranger guitar jamming with the Doobies.

Saturday’s October 6 concert featured a memorable performance by the Doobie Brothers reuniting with Michael McDonald. It was a thrilling afternoon of music by the legendary Buddy Guy, performing for his first time at the festival, as well as WAR, the Turtles, daughter of Doobie Brother Tom Johnston, Lara Johnston, and Scars on 45.

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