Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald Cancel Sioux City Date
Another day, another classic rock tour making a big adjustment to its schedule because of Coronavirus (COVID-19). But this announcement is part postponement, part cancellation.
The Doobie Brothers had planned to hit the road in 2020 to celebrate their 50th year in music and as an added treat they were bringing along Michael McDonald, who played with the band from 1975 to 1982.
The majority of the dates on the 50th Anniversary Tour will now happen in 2021, with a pair of shows in our area - the Minnesota State Fair, August 31, 2021, and the Starlight Theater in Kansas City, September 14, 2021.
But, Doobies Brothers' fans in Sioux City aren't so lucky.
The stop at the Tyson Events Center, scheduled for August 12 of this year has been canceled. Sioux City was one of seven cities that saw their dates removed from the revised tour schedule.
The Doobies got their start in Northern California in 1970 and by April 1975, McDonald was recruited by the band as a temporary replacement for lead vocalist Tom Johnston, who had become ill during a national tour, but McDonald eventually stayed as a full-time member until the band broke up in 1982.
McDonald appeared on four Doobies' albums (Takin' It to the Streets, Livin' on the Fault Line, Minute By Minute, and One Step Closer) and sang lead vocals on three of the band's biggest hit songs ('Takin' It to the Streets', 'What a Fool Believes', and 'Minute By Minute'McDonald reunited as a guest performer with the Doobie Brothers several times since in the past few years.
The band was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004 and will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this November.