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Michael McDonald talks duets, comedy, collaborations with Steely Dan and Holy Ghost, and more




Michael McDonald has plenty of hits to his name. But he's just as well known for the many collaborations he's been part of over the decades: Doobie Brothers, James Ingram, Patti LaBelle -- and on his current tour, Boz Scaggs and Steely Dan's Donald Fagen.

Not to mention -- hipster alert! -- Brooklynites Holy Ghost.

"I’m always surprised, and I always appreciate it," McDonald said of the appreciation he feels from younger artists. "It’s a nice feeling to get a nod from a young artist out there, especially someone who’s making some noise. Heck, I was old in the ’80s! I once had a guy tell me, 'You gotta be more ’80s and less ’70s!'"

Next week, though, McDonald will play to his core audience, as he, Fagen and Scaggs come to Ruth Eckerd Hall as "The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue." The show is at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Clearwater; tickets are $90-$70. Click here.

For more of Sean Daly's interview with Michael McDonald, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 5:14pm]


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