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  posted on 3/22/2012 at 03:46 PM
The Doobie Brothers have sold 40 millon albums since they emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area 40-plus years ago. They're back on road with the CD “World Gone Crazy” (2010).

But right now, the celebration of longevity and new music has a bittersweet air. Longtime drummer Michael Hossack lost his battle with cancer March 12.

“He's been sick for a while, but you always keep hoping somebody will recover,” said co-founding guitarist/vocalist Patrick Simmons. “It really was a blessing, though. He was able to move on. Michael has been gone from the band for over a year, but he played when he could and he always rose to the occasion.”

The current edition of the band, which stops at the Majestic Theatre on Sunday, is Simmons, co-founder Tom Johnston (guitar, vocals), John McFee (guitar, strings, vocals), Marc Russo (saxophones), Guy Allison (keyboards, vocals), John Cowan (bass, vocals) and drummers Tony Pia and Ed Toth.

The Doobies came together in the early '70s as a blues/boogie band, evolved into a pop/rock band with the addition of Michael McDonald in the mid-'70s and now split the difference with a lean toward the blues/rock/boogie.

McDonald makes a guest appearance on “World Gone Crazy,” as does Willie Nelson. The CD is the group's first new release in a decade. In late '09, during a Majestic concert, the band introduced “Chateau,” a “World Gone Crazy” track. It was met with cheers.

“It had always been in the back of our minds that we'd go in and cut new music,” Simmons said. “But it isn't easy to get everybody together, rehearse and write new songs. We work all the time. We feel comfortable with what we do and with what we've done. So doing a new CD is not so much a career move as something we wanted to do. We had new songs, and everybody still has big chops.”

The songs on “World Gone Crazy” can best be described as classic Doobie Brothers, blues/boogie rock 'n' roll with lots of vocals and guitar licks. The disc was produced by Ted Templeman, the first-call producer and musician who started working with the Doobies very near the band's Day One.

“I can't explain how much enjoyment we had working with Ted,” Simmons said. “He was able to stimulate us and bring out the best in the writers and the players. He's also a lot of fun. I ended up writing songs with him for the CD. Ted ended up being a big part of the process for me.”

Simmons started doing a singer/songwriter gig as a teen. He wrote several of the band's big hits, including “Black Water” and “Toulouse Street.” He wrote or co-wrote several on “World Gone Crazy,” including “I Know We Won” with Nelson.

“My songwriting now is maybe a little more controlled and focused,” he said. “I write with a guitar. I'm still a guitar guy. When I work on songs, it comes from that marriage of ideas and playing guitar. I'm still old-school in that respect. We've always been more of a guitar-based band.”

You might see Simmons play several acoustic guitars in the course of a concert, but he sticks with the basics when it comes to electric guitar.

“I have a Fender Stratocaster. It's a parts guitar, built with different parts. I've been playing it for 30-plus years. And I have another Strat. It's a copy of the first one,” he said, laughing.

With a catalog of hits from “Black Water” to “China Grove,” from “Listen to the Music” to “Jesus Is Just Alright,” stretching back to 1972, the Doobie Brothers fall into the category of classic rock/legacy bands that compete against themselves with the release of new material.

“You have to always be aware of the traits that made people like you in the first place,” Simmons said. “For me, I do pay attention to that. I believe that we have an audience, so let's play what they want to hear. If you're always trying to reinvent yourself you're trying too hard. The real strength of this band is we've never tried too hard. We do what we do for the love of the music and for the pure enjoyment of doing what brought us to this point, which is having fun with the music. We're continuing that tradition.”

There will be new songs in the Sunday set.

“We were doing as many as five or six, but people want to hear songs they're familiar with, so we rotate the new songs in and out of the set,” Simmons said, adding with a laugh, “That way we can take requests.”




 
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  posted on 3/22/2012 at 03:55 PM
willie nelson is the "ultimate" doobie brother.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2012 at 03:57 PM
"The Captain and Me" will forever be in my top 10, "Desert island discs".....

 

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  posted on 3/22/2012 at 04:00 PM
“It had always been in the back of our minds that we'd go in and cut new music,” Simmons said. “But it isn't easy to get everybody together, rehearse and write new songs. We work all the time. We feel comfortable with what we do and with what we've done. So doing a new CD is not so much a career move as something we wanted to do. We had new songs, and everybody still has big chops.”

Love that qoute!!

 
 


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