Chicago & The Doobie Brothers
Rock legends Chicago and The Doobie Brothers will share the stage this summer for an evening of classic rock hits spanning both artists’ extensive repertoire of chart topping and award winning hits. Doubling the value for fans this summer, both bands will co-headline the 21 date U.S.tour kicking off on July 11 at AVA Amphitheater. Each band will perform individual sets, playing their biggest hits, and then both Chicago and The Doobie Brothers will join together for a thrilling grand finale encore, playing each other’s songs at the end of each of these summer shows.
Chicago, the legendary band with horns, and the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s list of Top 100 artists of all time, will once again allow a winning bidder to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing the band’s classic hit song, “If You Leave Me Now” onstage with Chicago at every concert. This is the third consecutive year that Chicago has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to create “Sing With Chicago,” a highly successful promotion that has raised over $130,000 to fight breast cancer. Fans in every market will be able to bid on a package that includes a meet and greet with the band, two premium tickets and a chance to sing onstage in concert with the band. Previous year’s winners were so moved by the experience that they launched the Facebook group, “I Sang With Chicago,” where they shared stories about their experiences and videos of themselves onstage singing with the band. Each winner has an incredible story to tell. As was done last year, the money raised this year is in honor of Chicago’s friend Paqui Kelly, the wife of Notre Dame’s head football coach Brian Kelly, who is a breast cancer survivor. Chicago has generously supported other charitable causes in the past, including the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and Hannah & Friends, started by Maura Weis and her husband, Charlie Weis, the current coach at the University of Kansas.
Northern California’s Doobie Brothers are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their propulsive roots-based, harmony laden, guitar driven style that sold an estimated 40 million records over the course of four decades. In 2010, original members Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston, and 30-year member John McFee marked a new chapter with the delivery of a potent album ‚Äì World Gone Crazy (HOR Records), featuring a guest appearance by the legendary Willie Nelson. It’s their first new album in a decade, and it produced the Top 20 track “Far From Home” and the Top 5 GAC Video “World Gone Crazy.” Their current single, “A Brighter Day,” is #22 on the AC charts, and continues to climb the charts. The band recently returned from an extremely successful tour in New Zealand. Forty thousand tickets were sold (3 shows)‚Äîalmost 1% of the entire population of New Zealand. Over the past year, The Doobie Brothers made several stops into Nashville to appear on the Grand Ole Opry and to film a Crossroads special with Luke Bryan. Bryan and the Doobies performance of “China Grove” was in heavy rotation on the CMT channel.