Clips & Pix: The Doobie Brothers/Rockin’ Down the Highway

The news this morning that The Doobie Brothers are among the 2020 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame made me happy. This band represents two worlds I generally dig: Great ’70s rock and precious multi-part vocal harmonies. While I didn’t have time to write a longer post, at least I wanted to celebrate the occasion with a nice clip of one of my favorite Doobie tunes: Rockin’ Down the Highway.

This great footage was captured in July 2004 at Wolf Trap National Park in Virginia. The Doobies also recorded an album from that gig in October of the same year, titled Live at Wolf Trap. Written by Tom Johnston, the great rocker first appeared on the band’s sophomore album Toulouse Street released in July 1972.

Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of The Doobie Brothers are Patrick Simmons (guitar, vocals), the only member who has been in all of the band’s line-ups from the beginning; additional founding members Tom Johnston (guitar, vocals) and John Hartman (drums); as well as members who joined later, including John McFee (guitar, vocals), Michael Hossack (drums, percussion), Tiran Porter (bass, vocals), Keith Knudsen (drums, backing vocals), Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter (guitar) and Michael McDonald (keyboards, vocals).

2020 promises to be an eventful year for The Dobbie Brothers. In addition to the induction, the band will release an EP with five new songs in the spring, as Simmons told Rolling Stone today. The Doobies will also tour North America to celebrate their 50th anniversary, for which current core members Simmons, Johnston and McFee reunite with McDonald. The 50-plus-date tour is set to kick off in West Plam Beach, Fla. on June 9. Some of the other dates include Nashville, Tenn. (June 17); Mansfield, Mass. (July 3); Toronto, Canada (July 19); Indianapolis (July 30); St. Louis (Aug 14); Denver (Aug 30); Los Angeles (Sep 18); and Houston (Oct 10). The final currently announced gig is Memphis, Tenn. (Oct 17). The full schedule is here.

Sources: Wikipedia; Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website; Rolling Stone; Doobie Brothers website; YouTube

6 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: The Doobie Brothers/Rockin’ Down the Highway”

  1. When you look over who is in the R&R Hall of Fame I don’t understand why it took so long for the Doobie Brothers to get in – but then again they lost their way [the HOF} many years ago.

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    1. Undoubtedly, it’s a less than perfect institution with a perhaps impossible mission to begin with. I actually believe it was the first time the Doobies had been nominated, so at least they made it in right away!

      I also would have liked to see Thin Lizzy and Pat Benatar being inducted. I dig Lizzy for their harmony guitar playing on The Boys Are Back In Town, Whiskey in the Jar and other tunes, while Benatar is a great vocalist.

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      1. I agree with you on Thin Lizzy love them- Pat Benatar would be fine when I look at the list already in there. For the life of me I don’t know how Whitney Houston gets in- she’s not rock and roll but I don’t see her as an influence on rock and roll either… yes it is a difficult task- they started out on the right track but of course at the beginning it would be easy. ….. I think everyone has their own personal Hall of Fame if not on paper at least in their mind.

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      2. I think Houston was an outstanding vocalist but agree inducting her in something called the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a stretch.

        One way to fix it would be Music Enthusiast’s suggestion to give the institution a more general name like the Music Hall of Fame. Of course, this would open the floodgates even more, so it likely wouldn’t be without challenges either.

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