The Doobie Brothers will exit the South on Saturday after they perform in Alabama for the second consecutive night this month. On Friday night, despite heavy rains, they had jammed for a packed crowd at their Tuscaloosa venue, according to this July 19 report from the Alabama Media Group. But minutes before they were to take the stage in Orange Beach tonight they told fans on their Doobie Brothers Facebook page that based upon how it looks to them right now, "it'll be drier than it was last night, but no rain was gonna stop Tuscaloosa from having a good time!!," so you know they expect the same turnout and passion in Orange Beach.
On Thursday night they were bringing down the packed house at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Georgia's Alpharetta neighborhood. And that was something considering it was such a hot night in the South, with little in the way of a breeze to cool the fervent crowd of fans. But no matter where they go during their 2014 tour, the weather isn't going to stop this band from delivering, and they are giving photographers some great Kodak moments of the digital variety. And that's sure to continue.
If you haven't caught their show yet, you only have a limited number of venues and states to do so before they head north to Canada in October, so check out their 2014 Tour Schedule and get your tickets soon, as they are selling out fast. And you might want to make the Aug. 9 show at Fort McCoy in Sparta, WI, since the group is going to "give all monies from that concert to the Soldiers for programs, equipment and facilities," they said.
The benevolent rock group is slated to be honored into the IEBA's Hall of Fame later this year. And this will be the first time International Entertainment Buyer's Association has ever inducted a rock act into their midst. So it is quite the honor, especially considering the distinguished company that they will be in as a result, like musical and entertainment stars Johnny Cash, George Jones and Dick Clark, who once told Tom Johnston that he looked like Burt Reynolds in an American Bandstand appearance.
And if you ever wondered what a Doobie gets up to when they are not on tour, just ask John McFee and John Cowan, who worked on an album project together that will have them both appearing in September at the Grand Ole Opry. And yes, this Examiner will be there with bells on to cover that hot event, and you will want to read all about it here as soon as she does. So stay tuned, because we will be reviewing Cowan's upcoming album Sixty before then, as it will be released in August.