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Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald bring 50th anniversary tour to Tampa

The Doobies and McDonald haven’t toured together in 25 years.
Michael McDonald, right, will rejoin the Doobie Brothers for a 50th anniversary tour that will hit Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on June 10, 2020. [Clay Patrick McBride]
Michael McDonald, right, will rejoin the Doobie Brothers for a 50th anniversary tour that will hit Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on June 10, 2020. [Clay Patrick McBride]
Published Nov. 19
Updated Nov. 19

Only a fool would have believed that Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers would never tour together again. Today, they’re ready to take their reunion act back to the streets.

The Doobie Brothers on Tuesday announced a 50th anniversary tour with their onetime bandmate McDonald, the vocalist on such all-time hits as Takin’ It to the Streets, It Keeps You Runnin', Minute by Minute and What a Fool Believes.

The tour will kick off in Florida next summer and stop at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on June 10. Tickets start at $29.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 6. Click here for details.

The rest of the Doobies — composed these days of Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons and John McFee — still tour all the time, and in fact just performed last weekend at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. But this will be their first tour in 25 years with McDonald, which means a rare chance to hear a proper version of all of those aforementioned singles, plus Johnston- and Simmons-led hits like China Grove, Black Water, Listen to the Music and Jesus Is Just Alright.

What the Doobs need now to kick this tour into high gear is an opening act by Kenny Loggins. That would make this a yacht-rock night to remember.

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