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Live Facebook Q&A with Pat Simmons & Tom Johnston Thursday 11/20

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Tom & Pat will be jumping on Facebook for a LIVE Q&A tomorrow at 6pm PT / 9pm ET. Get your questions ready!

Ask them about the new album, ‘Southbound’, the Doobies’ partnership with Hard Rock Café for Imagine There’s No Hunger, or anything you’ve ever wanted to ask them.

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Press Release: Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons to Participate in Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2014 – Cross-Country Journey Leads up to New Album Release

August 21, 2014, Nashville, TNPatrick Simmons, founding member of The Doobie Brothers and longtime motorcycle enthusiast, will ride coast to coast, with his wife, Cris Sommer Simmons in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2014 in September. The duo will journey more than 4,100 miles from Daytona, FL to Takoma, WA on their 1934 and 1929 Harley-Davidsons with stops in GA, TN, MO, KS, CO, UT, N V, ID, and WA. Cris, who is a well-known author and member of the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Anamosa Iowa and the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Westerville, Ohio, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, will be raising money on the ride for Stand Up To Cancer, in honor of their son, Pat Jr., who battled testicular cancer last year and now is cancer free.

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Patrick and Cris Simmons

The Cannonball Run began in 2010 as a ride to showcase the restoration and power of antique motorcycles built before 1915. It has since evolved into a cross-country endurance ride held every other year with over 100 participants, which now includes bikes built before 1936.

In preparation for the ride Patrick notes, “Cris and I are excited, and so ready to head out on the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. We have been working on our bikes for over a year now.” Cris previously participated in the 2010 Cannonball Run, where she was the only American female out of 45 riders. She completed the over 2,800 miles and finished in 20th place.

This year Patrick Simmons will be riding a 1929 Harley-Davidson JD, nick-named “Norge” because of its similar blue color to Norge refrigerators once popular in the 1950s. As for Cris’ choice, she explains, “My bike “Buddy” is a 1934 Harley-Davidson, named after it’s previous owner, well-known Hollywood stunt man Bud Ekins. Pat bought the bike from Bud many years ago and I stole it from Pat in 1993, vowing to ride it ‘someday’.”

Patrick Simmons has spent the majority of the summer on tour with The Doobie Brothers and preparing for their upcoming release Southbound. The album celebrates the band’s iconic hits re-recorded alongside some of country music’s biggest stars (including Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, and Brad Paisley). After his participation in the Cannonball Endurance Run, Simmons will continue to tour with the band and plan for the upcoming release of Southbound November 4, on Arista Records Nashville.

To learn more visit: www.MotorcycleCannonball.com.

For additional information on The Doobie Brothers and upcoming release information: www.DoobieBros.com

Pat Simmons Interview in Chicagoist

The Doobie Brothers will play Montrose Beach Saturday night. We caught up with founding member, guitarist, singer and songwriter Patrick Simmons earlier this afternoon to discuss the tour, the band’s mark on American culture and what’s next for the act.

Simmons said the Doobie Brothers will be performing about 80 shows this year all over the globe.

“Normally we do about 100,” he said. “We’re cutting back a little bit to spend some time with our families and such. We’ve been doing this a long time, so we just think we deserve a few weeks off here and there.”

Continue reading at Chicagoist…

Broward Palm Beach New Times: Pat Simmons Interview Posted

The Broward Palm Beach New Times has posted a recent interview with Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons. Read it here.

Photo: Pat Simmons jams at 2nd Annual Willie K’s BluesFest

Hawaiian Bluesman Wille K‘s 2nd annual BluesFest on Maui January 11th included among its all star lineup Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Here’s a great shot of Pat jamming with Willie K:

Pat Simmons with Willie K

Pat Simmons rings in the New Year with Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Steven Tyler and more…

Doobie Brother Pat Simmons kicked off the New Year with an all star jam of epic proportions at the Wailea Marriott on Maui. Among the legendary musicians performing at the event were Sammy Hagar, Richie Sambora, Steven Tyler, Weird Al Yankovic, Keith Carradine, Alice Cooper and his band, Orianthi, and Bob Rock. The event was MC’d by Tom Arnold, and promoted by legendary manager and philanthropist Shep Gordon. The show benefited the Maui Food Bank and other charities.

Maui New Years Eve 2014

Left to right: Pat Simmons, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Richie Sambora, Bob Rock

Pat Simmons interview at Cleveland.com

Cleveland.com recently conducted an interview with Doobie Brother Pat Simmons. Check it out here.

OC Register: NAMM 2013: Doobie Brothers’ Pat Simmons goes acoustic

Pat Simmons at NAMM 2013Making his second-ever trip to NAMM, the veteran singer-guitarist’s seemingly rare 40-minute acoustic set was easygoing and leavened with humorous asides about the songs. Catering to die-hard fans in the packed space,  Simmons displayed dexterity during a few instrumentals based on ragtime and the slack-key guitar styles of his Hawaiian residence…

Read the full article at Orange County Register

Patrick Simmons Interview at Examiner.com

Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons was recently interviewed by Examiner.com. Read the interview here.

Pat Simmons Recalls Santa Cruz Days

SantaCruz.com has posted an interview with Pat Simmons, where he recalls his memories of the California city. Read it here.