The Doobies Brothers will perform at Bluesfest with Michael McDonald

The Doobie Brothers Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons. Photo by Ros O’Gorman

by Paul Kashmir on October 5, 2022

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The Doobie Brothers will perform in Australia for Bluesfest in 2023 with Michael McDonald back in the band.

The Doobies last toured Australia with McDonald’s in 1981. The band broke up after their final gig on September 11, 1982, and reformed five years later without McDonald’s. McDonald performed regularly with the Doobies but did not contribute to any new albums with the exception of 2014’s “World Gone Crazy” where he provided guest vocals on “Don’t Say Goodbye”.

With Michael McDonald, the Doobie Brothers released their biggest album “Minute By Minute” in 1978 with the hit “What A Fool Believes”.

McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers for their sixth album “Takin’ It To The Streets” and immediately transformed them from rock band to soul band. Michael started dominating the sound for the next album ‘Livin’ On The Fault Line’ but by the last album of the first era ‘One Step Closer’ McDonald’s formula was copied by others and he was guest on so many of songs that the sound became saturated and sales began to drop. “One Step Closer” was a #3 album and sold over a million, but the Doobies’ sound was drowning out the radio and the band disbanded.

The Doobie Brothers (sans Michael) last toured Australia in 2017 and have been regular visitors to Australia with tours in 2014, 2011, 2008 and 2006 (their first tour since 1981).

Counting Crows, Allison Russell, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats, St Paul & The Broken Bones and Vintage Trouble have also been added to Bluesfest 2023. Bluesfest will take place over 5 days from Thursday 6th to Monday 10th April 2023 at Byron Events Farm, Tyagarah , New South Wales.

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