Takin' it to the streets

Yacht rock legends The Doobie Brothers set sail with Michael McDonald to Houston

Yacht rocking Doobie Brothers cruise to Houston with Michael McDonald

The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers are coming to Texas in 2020.  The Doobie Brothers/Facebook

The kings of yacht rock have reunited. The Doobie Brothers and singer Michael McDonald will launch a 30-seat North American tour next year to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary. 

Known for hits such as "What a Fool Believes," "Black Water," and "Takin' It to the Streets," the tour will make two Texas stops: Friday, October 9 at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving and Saturday, October 10 at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.

Members Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons and John McFee with tour with McDonald for the first time in 25 years. Simmons teased the possibility of the tour when McDonald showed up on stage during the encore of the band's recent performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

“We're truly excited about our 50th Anniversary Tour, as it's a celebration of the band’s entire history," Johnston said in a statement. "We'll be performing songs from our full catalog, as well as new music.”

While the definition of what is and isn't yacht rock — a catch-all term for the jazz-influenced light rock of the late '70s and early '80s — may be surprisingly controversial, it absolutely includes McDonald's time with the Doobies. "What a Fool Believes," a song McDonald wrote with Kenny Loggins that appears on the Doobies' 1978 album Minute by Minute, might be the ultimate example of the genre.   

Tickets for the performances go on sale beginning Friday, December 6, at 10 am local time at LiveNation.com. A limited number of LaneOne Premium Packages will also be available