Michael McDonald has rejoined the Doobie Brothers for their first tour together in 25 years to mark the 50th anniversary of the band.
The band announced the reunion during their show in Nashville at the Ryman this week.
The Doobies, now with the iconic line-up of Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons and John McFee will mount a 30 date tour in 2020.
The tour will begin in Florida on 9 June 2020.
Michael McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers on their sixth studio album ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’ in 1976. McDonald had been a touring and session member of Steely Dan. He sang backing vocals on 1975’s ‘Katy Lied’ and was also involved in the recordings of ‘’The Royal Scam’ (1976), ‘Aja’ (1977 and ‘Gaucho’ (1980).
McDonald joined The Doobie Brothers in April 1975 when Tom Johnston took leave because of illness. It was Michael’s soul-fueled voice that change the Doobies rock sound with songs like ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’, ‘It Keeps You Running’ and ‘What A Fool Believes’.
With McDonald on lead vocals, the Doobies scored their biggest success with the 1978 ‘Minute By Minute’ album. It spent 87 weeks on the Billboard Chart and earned the band three Grammy Awards including Song and Record of the Year in 1980.