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Spotify: Doobie Brothers Primer playlist: https://spoti.fi/3fLWWIA
Qobuz: Doobie Brothers Primer playlist: https://bit.ly/3CaLa1G
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So you were there?!
I was about halfway through the first chorus of “Another Park” when I wondered (after reading how much you were enjoying this track)… “I wonder if Lefsetz is there?”
Glad you enjoyed
I say this as someone who is often and high and maybe I am right now: I think if the Doobie Brothers (my first gig) had a less doobie name they would be regularly included in the top list rock bands. The range, the reinvention, incredible.
Thanks for the great article on the Doobies. You summed up exactly how I’ve always felt about them.
I arrived around the same time as you, around the third LP. They were and are one of the best bands ever, and they don’t get their due and probably never will, especially Pat Simmons (who is to the Doobies what Christine is to Fleetwood Mac when it comes to recognition) . I hope the great results they get from their tour will help them know how awesome they are.
I agree with you that the 50th Doobies concert was quite enjoyable! I was able to see them at the Chicago Theater a few weeks ago. My first Doobies gig was at College 73″ in Des Moines, IA where I saw the Doobies paired with Fleetwood Mac. It was the time when you had 2 to 3 acts of the time grouped together!
Yes, The Doobs brought up songs that weren’t necessarily hits, but hardcore fans recognize and appreciate like me. Yes, the fan has the range of hits to sing.
Tom, Pat and John McFee’s vocals and guitar playing were as fresh as they were in 1972. How many bands this age can claim that? Michael McDonald’s playing was excellent and struggled to hit those high notes, but overall he was really good. Will the Doobies support another 50? Probably not, but our sons and our daughter have to take advantage and continue 70″ rock.
Thank you for your excellent review!
Hello bob. For a very long time I had the cover with the cockroach from the album Doobies on my wall in a frame. I put it back on the album recently. I always thought it was beautiful. I would work to imitate this artifact, but I could never keep any of them for long. I still remember the dealer singing falsetto when I told him I was on my way to hear the boys do their thing. Wow, listen to the music!!!! Peace, shake yourself.
Great review Bob!
They were my main music in the early 70s. As a guitarist, there was no mystery in learning to play their songs.
It was indeed a glorious moment with my Ric 12 string amplified by my modified Leslie 251.
I love Doobies. The only thing I disagreed with Funkadelic was, yeah, I need Doobie in my funk!!!
Bob, I saw them in Chicago and your comments understood that. Such a great show and with Johnston and McDonald’s it was the best of both worlds. The walkers lined up in the lobby looked like they were boarding a flight to Florida!
I remember the time I saw them hanging out in a trailer in Uniontown PA in the 1970s when we drove there from Pittsburgh to buy blond hash. Skunk was sitting on the floor in the living room – there was like a chair – and all these hot chicks sitting there, hanging on to every word he said. He was telling them about a teacher who made him go to the back of the room because his feet smelled so bad.
My buddies older brother and the guy who lived in the trailer left us there to go score (they never did), leaving me and my friend standing like Beavis and Butthead.
So, from the dividing wall in the kitchen, I see this guy with long brown hair waving us into the kitchen. He and Tiran were smoking a bowl of killer black hash. We kicked my friend and I and we both almost passed out. They laugh. So we go back to the living room all stoned and continue to listen to Skunk talking to these women sitting on the floor.
I had no idea who you were. Not a clue. Then about a year later, I remember seeing pictures in Circus Magazine or something. I panicked. I called my friend. “Dude – was it the Doobie Brothers?” “Yeah…” I spoke to him again recently after all these years – thinking maybe I had dreamed about it.
“No, it really happened. We smoked a doobie with the Doobies…”
Another Park & South City Midnight Lady are my two favorites
Perfect as usual, Bob. “Whoa oh ohhhhhhhh, listen to the music… all the time”.
I love this band and I’m grateful that I was able to promote them back then. Hopefully they come back to Australia next year…if they do, I’ll be there front and center!
Tom Johnston is the man and another park, another Sunday is THE song
I caught them at Shoreline last week and jumped out of my skin to hear “South City Midnight Lady” live, followed by “Clear as the Driven Snow”, my personal favorites #2 and #1 respectively, with “Another Park, Another Sunday” follows closely at No. 3.
Chances are you didn’t see anyone you knew at the gig because – despite the temporary “anomaly” of Michael McDonald’s brilliant tenure in the band and the more upscale female hits he delivered – the Doobie Brothers as a going concern (with Johnston and Simmons at its center) were initially, and remain, a group “owned”, and still supported, by the working class rock fan: shopkeepers, service industry personnel , hourly workers, bikers (literally bikers). Growing up in the Bronx, we loved the Doobies, while the kids we knew from “downtown” (our umbrella term for all of Manhattan), whose parents all seemed to be professionals, hated them. Probably not many at the “coastal elites” mansion born in the room last night.
Sure, it looks like they missed out on some great music, though.
Great writing Bob. I saw them exactly a year ago on the forum and thought they were great.
Kyle J. Ferrari
I have a great personal story. I had opened my first club Tulagi in Boulder and when agent Fred Bohlander sent me their second album Toulouse Street (their first album didn’t do much) I heard Listen To the Music coming out like first single and i smelled a big hit and took a chance and booked them for 10 shows in 5 nights. ($500 per night plus percentage) By the time the date came Listen to Music was top 5 singles and if my memory serves me right they ended up on the cover of The Rolling Stone the week they played for me. I was such a rookie that I wouldn’t take Fred’s call right before the dates because I thought he would cancel it because they got so big and they wouldn’t want to play in a small club with a weak warranty. But they never canceled and I think they made $10,000 as a percentage (turning down a ton of fans for all the sold out shows) and the band told me that was the biggest payday ever their career (so far). Have remained best friends with Fred and the band ever since. Realized what type of classy guy Fred and his partner Dan Weiner were. They both became 2 of my best and oldest friends. (FYI they were at the IFA agency then)
Chuck Morris – Chairman Emeritus
Thanks Bob, the You Tube review is much appreciated!