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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, still burning strong four decades later


The Doobie Brothers entertain sold out crowd at MSP

The Doobie Brothers rocked a sold-out crowd at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday night with a nice mixture of hits and album tracks highlighting its early-‘70s material.

Fronted by co-founding members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, the 2015 incarnation of the band is an eight piece, complete with two drummers and a saxophone player.

The band took the stage with “Jesus Is Just Alright,” the band’s 1972 revival of a 1966 gospel tune by The Art Reynolds Singers (also recorded by The Byrds in 1969), treating the Keystone Grand Ballroom audience to some terrific five-part harmonies.




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Best Fall Festival Yet
B.R. Cohn Charity Events
CHICAGO — America – October 2
OCTOBER 2-4 Field of Dreams
Sonoma, CA. – Bruce Cohn of B.R. Cohn Charity Events (BRCCE) announced today tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 20 for the 2015 Sonoma Music Festival, October 2-4 at the Field of Dreams near downtown Sonoma. Appearing at the successor to his fabled 28-year winery fall festival are Chicago and America on Friday evening Oct 2 doors at 4pm; Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band with Pablo Cruise Saturday afternoon and evening October 3 doors at 4pm; and the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman, the Edgar Winter Band, Tommy Castro and others Sunday afternoon October 4 doors at 11am. Tickets and information are available at or tel:+1-888-810-2063.

Tickets will range from VIP experiences starting at $1000 and $350 to $219 gold circle (Fri/Sat) and $119 and $89 general admission seated tickets for all days. A limited amount of $47 local Sonoma tickets for standing room only will be available in person with locations announced soon. Special ticket packages including 3-day tickets and limo packages will also be available thru the website.

The Sonoma Music Festival was born from the desire of BRCCE to change up its annual fall event formerly at B.R. Cohn Winery and move it closer to town for a more community event. The new Field of Dreams location not only puts the concert goer two blocks from Sonoma’s Plaza, it allows the festival the opportunity to grow and generate more proceeds for charity. This year’s beneficiaries include national and local veterans organizations including Fisher House and American Legion Post 489, the Redwood Food Bank, Bread and Roses and others to be announced. Over its 28-year history BRCCE has raised over 6.5 million dollars for charity.

“This is a very impressive 3-day line-up” exclaimed Bruce Cohn. “Not only do we get to finally present a Beatle, but all of these great acts are a perfect fit for Sonoma and wine country. Come up to stay, shop and enjoy this great music filled fundraising weekend.”

Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era” by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, came in at #13, the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s list of Top 100 artists of all time. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades. Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 36 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.

As one of the two surviving Beatles, arguably rocks most popular bands ever, Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band brings a hit filled show to Sonoma. Not only does he cover popular Ringo Beatle numbers, but songs from his illustrious solo career as well. And if that’s not enough his All-Starr band includes Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather from Toto, Gregg Rolie formerly lead singer of Santana, Richard Page, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham. This is one hit filled show.

Formed in 1969 by Simmons, Johnston, founding drummer John Hartman, and bassist Dave Shogren, The Doobie Brothers made their mark with a run of punchy, melodic hits on Warner Bros. Records. They attained radio ubiquity in the late ‘70s, when the group’s expanded lineup was augmented by Michael McDonald, whose soaring lead vocals pushed the band to new commercial and critical heights. The band took a five year respite before regrouping in 1987 for a series of gigs benefiting veterans’ groups and children’s charities (ultimately raising over $3 million). Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, The Doobie Brothers have won four GRAMMY® Awards and sold more than 45 million records worldwide (including three multi-platinum, seven platinum, and 14 gold albums).

Gregg Allman is one of rock’s most acclaimed and beloved stars, possessing a distinctively soulful voice and singular songwriting ability that resonates through a musical career that spans nearly half a century. Gregg, along with the Allman Brothers Band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1995. At the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, the group was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. That same year, Allman’s critically acclaimed tell-all memoir, My Cross to Bear, spent several weeks as a New York Times Bestseller.

The Field of Dreams set-up, while different than the winery set-up, still allows in the BRCCE tradition, great sight lines and access no more than 150 feet from the stage. With the newly added night time headliners, video and projection screens will make sure you don’t miss a thing happening on stage. These are rain or shine shows.

Plans call for the best music, food and wine Sonoma has to offer. Many of the regions finest purveyors are joining in, including Laugunitas Brewing, a pop-up HopMonk beer garden, high-end and popular restaurants and of course some of the best wine in California including B.R. Cohn and many others. There will be no in and out privileges.

Because of the new location, visitors are only 45 minutes from San Francisco, and one hour from Sacramento. Locals are encouraged to walk, ride a bike or car-pool. VIP, motorcycle and bicycle parking near the venue will be available and there is plenty of parking surrounding the venue in Sonoma. Check in with the festival website for maps etc.

Event sponsors and partners include: Sonnen BMW, the Lise Sonnen Fund, KFOG 104.5/99.7, 107.7 The Bone, KOIT 96.5, the River 97.7, The KRUSH 95.9, The Eagle, the City of Sonoma, Lagunitas Brewery, Ramekins, HopMonk Tavern, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Sonoma County Tourism, Sonoma Index-Tribune, Sonoma Chevrolet, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, The Flamingo Conference and Resort, the County of Sonoma and American Storage/Global Containers.

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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