The Doobie Brothers
Classic rock is about heavy hooks, power chords, and tight harmonies, but it’s also about letting loose and enjoying the good times — and there’s no better time than Friday evening, when we pick up our paycheck, punch out of work, and enjoy a couple days of much-needed rest and relaxation.
The Doobie Brothers are really two different bands -- three, if you count the group that's soldiered on without Michael McDonald since the late '80s. The first were sort of a post-Woodstock group of long-haired jam freaks that played a mix of Dead-inspired roots music, twangy country rock, biker boogie and old-fashioned three-chord guitar rock.
In 1972, the infectious strumming riff that opened ‘Listen to the Music’ introduced fans to the uniquely American sound of the Doobie Brothers. Their blend of rock and R&B produced a string of hits throughout the next decade. At age 40, ‘Listen to the Music’ remains a classic rock radio staple and the Doobies -- with founding members Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons -- still maintain a busy tour schedule.
It's hard to believe that hottie Lara Johnston is the daughter of Doobie Brothers founder Tom Johnston. Perhaps if he were to get rid of his catepiller-esque mustache we might be able to see some resemblance, but we don't really need it. We're more than please seeing Lara as she is.
The beautiful singer
For the fifth time in their careers, Chicago and the Doobie Brothers will tour together. The two classic rock bands will be on the road playing mostly sheds and amphitheaters for 25 dates across the country between July 11 and August 26. Chicago are the headliners, but the show promises to have both bands on stage for the finale playing some of their biggest hits.
Former Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald is suing the band's longtime label in an attempt to get more money for masters licensed to third-party music downloaders such as iTunes and Amazon. According to Billboard, the white-haired vocalist wants 50 percent of receipts instead of 12-20 percent.