Chicago & Doobie Brothers Prep Summer Tour

Two of the 1970s most popular bands, Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, will partner for their annual summer tour of amphitheatres beginning July 11.

The 21-date summer tour will kick off at the Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre in Tucson and run through August 24’s show in Scranton, PA. The bands will zig-zag their way across the country over the course of the six-week excursion, picking up dates that include Denver, Atlanta and Boston along the way.

The Doobie Brothers, with original members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons and 30-year veteran John McFee, are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a number of benchmark events. The band’s recent tour of New Zealand yielded sales of over 40,000 tickets (nearly 1 percent of the country’s population).

Four founding members of Chicago – Bobby Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow and Walt Parazider – will be on hand for this summer’s tour. The band will continue its popular “Sing With Chicago” program, a fundraiser that has already yielded over $130,000 for the American Cancer Society. Fans in each city where the band will appear can bid on a ticket package that includes the opportunity to appear onstage with the band when they perform “If You Leave Me Now.”

Chicago and Doobie Brothers tour dates, summer 2012:

July 11 – Tucson, AZ – Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre

July 13 – Lake Tahoe, CA – Harvey’s Lake Tahoe

July 14 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord

July 15 –  Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre

July 17 – Denver,CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

July 20 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre

July 21 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

July 22 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

July 24 – Atanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre

July 26 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

July 29 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

August 1 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

August 2 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion

August 4 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Resort Spa & Casino

August 16 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center

August 18 – Wantagh,NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

August 19 – Holmdel, NJ – P.N.C. Bank Arts Center

August 21 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

August 23 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

August 24 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion

Ticket information is available on the Chicago and Doobie Brothers websites.

– Michael Verity, CBS Local


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