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:
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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.
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The Doobie Brothers Stop The Clock, InTheStudio
35th Anniversary Of Their 1978 Grammy Award Winning
‘Album Of The Year’ Minute By Minute
Interviews With Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston, John Hartman
Dallas, TX – December 10, 2013. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrate the Doobie Brothers 1978 Grammy winning ‘Album of the Year’ Minute By Minute with Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston, John Hartman and former Doobie Michael McDonald.
The Doobie Brothers had already established themselves as a successful outfit with seven studio albums, an equal number of US tours, and plenty of hit records. But when health issues sidelined lead singer/guitarist Tom Johnston, band newbie Michael McDonald would step in, first on Takin’ It to the Streets in 1976, then with Livin’ on the Fault Line. But it would be Minute By Minute that would complete the transformation of the Doobie Brothers’ sound, establishing the piano-based soulful groove as a greater focal point and topping the national sales chart. Mere months before the Doobies
racked up four Grammy Awards including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “What a Fool Believes”, many questioned this musical direction, including some execs at the Doobies dedicated record label Warner Brothers. Guitarist/singer/songwriter and band co-founder Pat Simmons recalls to InTheStudio host Redbeard his feelings about the song “Minute By Minute”.
“I thought it was THE song off that record to go with…We had trouble with the (record) company, they didn’t want to release that song (as a single). So when I first heard it (on the radio) I said “See? I told you that song was going to get played!”… I really felt vindicated. The record companies think they know, and really no one knows.”
The Doobie Brothers ‘Minute By Minute’/ InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM HERE.
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Media Release from Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival: Thu 28th Nov, 2013
The Doobie Brothers, Elvis Costello & The Imposters confirmed to headline inaugural Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival
Saturday April 26 2014
A new music festival in Queenstown is set to be a standout event on the South Island entertainment summer calendar.
The Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival – a one-day outdoor event to be held at the Queenstown Events Centre on Saturday April 26 2014 with The Remarkables mountain range forming a lofty backdrop – features a stunning line-up of acclaimed national and international acts.
Headlining the day will be legendary California rock band The Doobie Brothers, along with acclaimed singer-songwriter Elvis Costello and The Imposters, New Zealand’s favourite live collaborative group Fly My Pretties, dub, funk, afrobeat and soul masters The Black Seeds, veteran blues musician King Leo and all-girl group The Johnnys, who deliver Johnny Cash songs like no-one’s heard ‘em before.
The festival also plans to hold a busking competition in Queenstown over Easter weekend (April 18-20), the winner of which will receive a coveted spot on the main stage for the Blues & Roots Festival.
The non-stop,full production music festival – scheduled to kick off from 11am with the first act on stage from 12 noon – will see up to 15,000 people enjoying the very best in blues, soul and rock and roll accompanied by an exciting array of local food, beer, wine and market stalls.
Veteran promoter & events organiser Grant Hilton formerly of the Bryon Bay Blues & Roots festival and director Barry Ellis say “we’ve been planning this event for a number of months now and can’t wait to bring acts of this calibre to the Queenstown Events Centre location, which with its main oval creating many vantage points is a superb venue for the festival”.
“With this line-up there really is something for everyone, a great fun day out not only for Queenstown locals and visitors, but for music-lovers from all around the South Island and further afield.
“It’s a massive boost to tourism at a quieter time of year so we’d really encourage everyone to get in quick for their tickets and book themselves a good ‘mini-break’ in our beautiful four-season resort to coincide with ANZAC Day weekend.
“And what better way to enjoy the day than with some great food and local wine to go with your music?”
Tickets for the Queenstown Blues & Roots Festival go on sale
Monday December 2 2013
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Limited ‘First Release’ tickets are available at $99 per person.
One of the enduring worldwide favourites of the 1970s, The Doobie Brothers will bring their celebrated catalogue of rock music to Queenstown. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s they evolved from a mellow, post-hippie boogie band to a slick, soul-inflected pop outfit.
Extolling smart pop hooks and warm, soulful vocals along the way, the group racked up a string of gold and platinum albums, along with a number of radio hits like ‘Listen to the Music’, ‘Black Water’, ‘Long Train Runnin’, ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’ and ‘China Grove’, lacing their country-rock with an enjoyable dash of funk.
With founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, and 30 year-plus veteran John McFee, The Doobie Brothers will be performing as an eight-piece band including Tony Pia, Ed Toth, John Cowan, Marc Russo and Guy Allison.
Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning almost four decades with a back catalogue of over 40 albums covering nearly every genre of music. He is probably best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and his solo shows with pianist Steve Nieve.
A swag of nominations and awards include Grammy Awards, ASCAP’s prestigious Founders Award, an Oscar nomination and being inducted into the Rock’N’Roll Hall of Fame – evidence of the respect and awe he commands from his peers.
Over the years he has worked with and written for the very best names in the music industry and most recently gatecrashed his own horizons by collaborating with The Roots, producing Wise Up Ghost.
Elvis Costello and The Imposters (Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas and Davey Faragher) are promising their Queenstown audience an incredible Costello musical encyclopedia ‘refresher course’ with a selection of songs from the past, present and future.
Fly My Pretties first entered New Zealander’s hearts and minds in 2004, with the assembly of a talented and exciting group of Wellington-based musicians for a special project. From that first successful season, sell out tours and platinum albums followed.
The eight-strong Black Seeds, with instruments including vocals, guitar, saxophone, trumpet, bass, drums, bongos, keyboard and even a wood block, have two double-platinum selling albums in New Zealand and have many successful European tours and releases under their belts.
The Johnnys, formed in 2011, are renowned for their sensitive, character-filled renditions of all the Cash classics coloured with spine-tingling vocal harmonies and infectious undertones of the Pacific.
King Leo will draw on the classic hard-driving sounds of Chicago, Texas and New Orleans – and his experience playing in the U.S. with a variety of blues bands and such masters of the genre as Bo Diddley - to bring high energy, good-time music and dancing to Queenstown.
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A touch of blues, plus a lot of soul and rock and roll equal the nostalgic sound of California rock band The Doobie Brothers, who’ll be takin’ it to the streets in Australia this coming Easter. One of the enduring worldwide favourites of the 1970s, The Doobie Brothers, will bring their celebrated catalogue of rock music back to our shores this Easter for a handful of headline shows, along with their already announced festival appearances in Byron Bay, Fremantle and Denliquin.
Headline shows kick off in Adelaide on Wednesday 16th April at Adelaide’s Thebarton Theatre, Tuesday 22nd April at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne and wrapping up at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on Wednesday 23rd April.
As one of the most popular California pop/rock bands of the ’70s, The Doobie Brothers evolved from a mellow, post-hippie boogie band to a slick, soul-inflected pop outfit by the end of the decade. Extolling smart pop hooks and warm, soulful vocals, along the way, the group racked up a string of gold and platinum albums, along with a number of radio hits like Listen to the Music, Black Water, What A Fool Believes, Takin’ It To The Streets and China Grove, lacing their country-rock stylings with an enjoyable dash of funk.
With founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, and 30 year-plus veteran John McFee, the Doobies will be performing as an eight-piece band including (band members).
There’s no disputing the unparalleled legacy of The Doobie Brothers. These shows are not to be missed.
TICKETS FOR ALL SHOWS GO ON SALE THURSDAY 28th NOVEMBER, 9AM
DOOBIE BROTHERS : TOUR DATES
Wednesday 16th April Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
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Tuesday 22nd April Palais Theatre, Melbourne
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Wednesday 23rd April Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
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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
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‘InTheStudio’ Salutes The DOOBIE BROTHERS On The 40th Anniversary Of The Captain And Me With Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons
Dallas, TX – MARCH 4, 2013. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of The Doobie Brothers’ third album The Captain and Me. After the breakthrough success of the Doobies’ second album Toulouse Street, the band was poised to add to their new found popularity, and did so with the 1973 million seller The Captain and Me which would garner the Top 10 hits “Long Train Runnin’” and the signature FM rock classic “China Grove”. The road demands on the band would prove to be especially difficult for singer/guitarist Tom Johnston, who reveals to InTheStudio host Redbeard how creative songwriting doesn’t always adapt well to the grind of a working band.
“After a while the road becomes such a factor that it becomes hard to be as creative as you were, because you’re not as carefree. Your life is scheduled. You’re going to do the soundcheck, you’re going to go back to the room, (then) back to the stage to do the show, and then back to your room, throw all these wet clothes into a bag and head off to the next town. You do that for month after month, and all those tours just become a blur.”
- The DOOBIE BROTHERS/ InTheStudio interview is available now to stream here.
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Making 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…