Journey, Doobie Brothers announce joint tour

The two veteran bands are teaming up for San Francisco Fest 2016 co-headlining tour, with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason as the opening act.

Veteran Bay Area rock bands Journey and the Doobie Brothers are teaming up for San Francisco Fest 2016, a North American concert trek that opens and closes in two Southern California cities a hair over 83 miles apart.

The tour kicks off May 12 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre (the venue previously known as Verizon Amphitheatre and, before that, as, um, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre). It concludes Aug. 30 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre. (All dates and cities appear below.) On May 5, the Doobie Brothers are set to perform at the Stagecoach festival in Indio.

Journey was formed in 1973 by two former members of Santana. One of them, guitarist Neal Schon, is still in the band, which has sold 80 million albums worldwide. The Doobie Brothers formed in 1970 and has sold 40 millions albums to date. Two of its co-founders, singer-guitarists Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, are still in the group. Singer-guitarist Mason co-founded the genre-leaping English band Traffic in 1967 and is a longtime solo artist.

The tour will see drummer Steve Smith returning to Journey, which he joined in 1978 and left in 1985. He was back on board in 1995 and 1996, then left again. He has not performed with the band since 1998.

“It’s gonna be a great summer for fans of Bay Area music, and for guys like us who have the pleasure of teaming up with our good friends from Journey and the Dave Mason Band,” said Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers in a joint statement. “We look forward to taking the stage with Journey. We love their songs, and think we will all complement each other musically…”


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