The Doobie Brothers‘ 50th Anniversary Tour will continue without Tom Johnston since the band’s lead singer and guitarist is set to undergo surgery due to severe back pain.
As per the advise of his physician, Johnston should not be performing at this time and is looking forward to returning to the road as soon as possible, reads a statement the Doobie Brothers posted on their Facebook page.
The 35-date 50th Anniversary U.S. tour is set to kick off in Hollywood, Florida, on May 25.
Had Johnston been able to join the tour, it would have been the first time in 25 years that the rock band’s original members – Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons, and John McFee – performed together.
“I hope for a speedy recovery and can’t wait to get back on the road and continue doing what I love,” Johnston said in a personal note. “I would like to thank Pat, Michael, John, and the entire Doobie Brothers band for covering for me while I recover from back surgery.I’m sure they will bring it every night as they always do.”
50th Anniversary U.S. Tour Dates:
May 25 – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock LiveMay 26 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey TheaterMay 28 – Concord, NC @ Charlotte Motor SpeedwayJune 7 – Highland, CA @ Yaamava’ TheaterJune 9 – Sparks, NV @ Nugget Event CenterJune 11 – West Valley, UT @ Maverik CenterJune 14 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight TheatreJune 15 – Springfield, MO @ Great Southern Bank ArenaJune 17 – Sioux City, IA @ Tyson Events CenterJune 18 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo ArenaJune 20 – Duluth, MN @ AMSOIL ArenaJune 21 – Madison, WI @ Breese Stevens FieldJune 23 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Allen County War Memorial ColiseumJune 24 – Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic CenterJune 26 – Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center at The HeightsJune 28 – Youngstown, OH @ The Youngstown Foundation AmphitheatreJune 30 – Pikeville, KY @ Appalachian Wireless ArenaJuly 1 – Louisville, KY @ The Palace TheatreJuly 3 – Portsmouth, VA @ Atlantic Union Bank PavilionJuly 6 – Reading, PA @ Santander Performing Arts CenterJuly 8 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre New JerseyJuly 9 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre New JerseyJuly 11 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)July 12 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)Aug 18 – Waite Park, MN @ The Ledge AmphitheaterAug 20 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl TheaterAug 23 – Camdenton, MO @ Ozarks AmphitheatreAug 26 – Brandon, MS @ Brandon AmphitheaterAug 28 – Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast ColiseumAug 30 – Huntsville, AL @ The Orion AmphitheaterAug 31 – Franklin, TN @ FirstBank AmphitheaterSept 2 – Macon, GA @ Macon CentreplexSept 3 – Savannah, GA @ Enmarket ArenaSept 6 – Simpsonville, SC @ CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage ParkSept 7 – Greensboro, NC @ White Oak AmphitheatreSept 9 – Charleston, SC @ Credit One StadiumOct 4 – Washington, DC @ MGM National HarborOct 6 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun ArenaOct 8 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
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