Doobie Brothers Postpone Four Shows, Michael McDonald 'Isolating'
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
September 1, 2021
Then Wednesday morning, the band announced that it was postponing its next four shows because "a member of the touring personnel has tested positive with COVID-19."
The Doobie Brothers announced before the show that McDonald would not be joining the band. Then, early in the set, guitarist Patrick Simmons addressed the singer/keyboardist's absence, explaining that McDonald was "recuperating and isolating at the moment."
McDonald, Simmons said, would rejoin the tour in about a week.
Wednesday, the band announced it was postponing upcoming shows in Clarkstown, MI; Burgettstown, PA; Toledo, OH; and Cincinnati, OH. Rescheduled dates will be announced soon.
The Doobie Brothers did not say whether McDonald's absence was COVID-19 related, but Simmons mentioned to the audience that the entire band and crew was vaccinated.
McDonald first began working with the Doobie Brothers in 1975, before breaking away in the early-'80s to focus on his solo work. The two parties reunited a handful of times over the years, announcing the current reunion tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band in 2020.
The tour was postponed a year due to the pandemic and finally began late-last month.
He added also that the band was all vaccinated and would be COVID-conscious on the road.
The Doobie Brothers will postpone their four upcoming shows as a member of the touring personnel has tested positive with COVID-19. The shows in Clarkston, Burgettstown, Toledo, and Cincinnati will be rescheduled and new dates will be announced shortly. pic.twitter.com/hHYgN6ueAi— The Doobie Brothers (@TheDoobieBros) September 1, 2021