The Doobie Brothers is a name that triggers countless nostalgic memories in fans that grew up listening to rock music in the 1970s. The group has been around for over four and a half decades now and to this day, their evergreen hits like, Jesus is Just Alright, Black Water, What a Fool Believes and Minute by Minute make fans dance. They have gone through a lot over the years including a temporary break-up in 1982. Despite those obstacles, the love of music always kept The Doobie Brothers going. This is the reason why the group is still selling out venues around the globe, thanks to smashing sales of Doobie Brothers tickets.
They released their fourteenth studio album, ‘Southbound’ three years ago in 2014. The album was influenced by country rock and included thirteen songs on the track-list. Moreover, the LP climbed to the seventh spot on the Top Country Albums and received three stars out of five from AllMusic.
Early Life & Influences
The Doobie Brothers have been influenced by legendary names like Santana, The Beatles, Grateful Dead, Marvin Gaye and The Who.
When one of the founders of The Doobie Brothers, John Hartman moved to California in 1969, it wasn’t his intention to form a band. Instead, he flew to the city to play with the psychedelic rock band, Moby Grape. Hartman met the group’s guitarist, Skip Spence who then introduced him to the singer-songwriter, Tom Johnston. Hartman and Johnston clicked almost immediately due to their similar tastes in music which led to them forming The Doobie Brothers. Excited to begin their journey together, both, Hartman and Johnston started to recruit members for their newly formed band and in 1970, hired Patrick Simmons and Dave Shogren.
Now as a four-piece, the band began to play together and with each performance, the on-stage presence started to improve. This attracted more fans. Slowly, The Doobie Brothers began to make impact and more and more people began to attend their concerts. The attention they were getting encouraged them to perform all around Northern California. This was when they thought it was the right time to release their first album and so, in 1971, their self-titled debut effort hit the shelves. The record unfortunately didn’t get them anywhere as it not only received lukewarm response from the critics but also failed to perform well on the music charts.
The Doobie Brothers did not get bog down by that initial lack of success. On the contrary, they were just getting started. A year later in 1972, the band released its sophomore album, ‘Toulouse Street.’ This record showcased how insanely talented the band was. It became their first studio effort to be awarded platinum certification in the United States. Moreover, the LP also featured many hard-hitting tracks including, Listen to the Music which reached the eleventh spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Breakthrough & Recognition
While their second album, ‘Toulouse Street’ caught the attention of the United States, The Doobie Brothers’ third and fourth studio efforts, ‘The Captain and Me,’ and ‘What Were Once Voices Are Now Habits’ cemented their place right up there among the best in the business. The latter record reached the European markets and peaked at the nineteenth spot on the UK Albums chart. Moreover, it was certified silver by the BPI.
The Doobie Brothers followed that up by churning out another three hit albums, ‘Stampede,’ ‘Takin’ It to the Streets’ and ‘Livin’ on the Fault Line.’ All of them collected positive reviews from different publications. They later dropped their eighth studio LP, ‘Minute By Minute’ in 1978. The album charted at the top of the Billboard 200 and was certified triple platinum in the United States. It also went on to sell in excess of one million copies in Canada. The record gave three singles out of which, What a Fool Believes and Minute by Minute earned them Grammy Awards for the ‘Record of the Year’ and the ‘Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal’ respectively.
The Doobie Brothers are widely known for their vocal harmonies. In 2004, they were enshrined in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
Notable Work and Album Releases
Forty-six years have passed since The Doobie Brothers made their debut in the music industry. So far, the band has spawned fourteen studio albums. After the group decided to call it quits in 1982, the fans had only one question on their minds: Had they seen the last of The Doobie Brothers? Thankfully, the band reunited and released its first album in nine years, ‘Cycles’ which hit the shelves in 1989. It recorded gold level sales in the United States whereas in Canada, the album went platinum. Since then, the band has spawned four more studio records. The Doobie Brothers also have five live and nine compilation records under their belt.
Doobie Brothers Concert Tickets
As of now, The Doobie Brothers are set to perform for ‘Playing For Change Foundation’ in Los Angeles on October 3rd. They are very excited to play at the event and in an interview with Forbes, the lead member of the group, Tom Johnston said,
“We're fortunate to do this. I certainly can do it every year, it's been a long time. We ain't stopping any time soon.”
Apart from this event, The Doobie Brothers will also be playing multiple shows this fall. They will begin their tour by flying out to the United Kingdom. There, they will first take the stage at the York Barbican on October 25th. After that, the trio will go on to rock fans in cities like Dublin, London, Glasgow, Manchester and Brussels. The Doobie Brothers will be wrapping things up by performing their final gig at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville on January 12, 2018.
If you plan on watching this legendary band perform live then get your hands on The Doobie Brothers concert tickets today.