Watch the Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton Cover Eric Clapton’s ‘Let It Rain’ in New Socially-Distant Team-Up

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As they’ve done a few times over the past few months, The Doobie Brothers shared a new performance video — filmed remotely, of course — but this one’s extra special. Joining the Doobies for a rendition of Eric Clapton‘s classic “Let It Rain” is Peter Frampton, and the resulting cover is lively and a lot of fun:

Said guitarist Tom Johnston to Rolling Stone about this inspired collaboration:

“A couple of months ago, Peter and I were going over various tunes after deciding to do a song or video together. I tossed out ‘Let It Rain’ by Eric Clapton and he loved the idea. He’s a phenomenal guitarist and a fan of Clapton’s as am I, so it seemed a great idea to take to the rest of the guys. Peter, Pat, and I took verses and solos and John played some cool pedal steel and helped us put that together with Bill Payne on piano, John Cowan on bass, and Ed Toth on drums. Also Rob Arthur who did all the video work played B3. It was a team effort! We really enjoyed working together on this with Peter.”

Peter Frampton spoke with Rock Cellar’s Jeff Slate for a new feature interview, and in it he discussed this Doobies team-up:

“I’ve also done something with the Doobies, who I’ve been friends with for years. We toured together. We picked an Eric Clapton song, “Let it Rain.” We’re all under COVID, undercover. So each person filmed themselves, basically, and sent it to my keyboard player Rob Arthur.”

Back in June, the Doobies shared a socially-distant performance of “Listen to the Music”:

They also tackled “Black Water” under the same circumstances:

As for Frampton, he’s kept busy in recent months. Here’s his rendition of Ringo Starr’s “It Don’t Come Easy” for Ringo’s birthday live stream event:

The Doobie Brothers’ anticipated 50th anniversary tour with Michael McDonald, meanwhile, was officially rescheduled to Summer 2021 due to the pandemic.

The new dates, barring any future changes:

July 17 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
July 18 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 21 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
July 23 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
July 24 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
July 26 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
July 27 – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
July 29 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
July 30 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
August 1 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
August 2 – Holmdel, NJ –  PNC Bank Arts Center
August 4 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
August 5 –  Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach Theater
August 7 – Darien, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheatre
August 8 –  Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
August 10 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 12 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
August 14 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
August 26 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
August 27 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
August 29 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 31 – St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair
September 2 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
September 4 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion
September 5 – Toledo, OH – Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre
September 8 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
September 9 – Cuyahoga, OH – Blossom Music Center
September 11 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Center
September 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel
September 14 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
September 15 – St Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 27 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
September 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
October 1 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
October 2 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre
October 5 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
October 8 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
October 9 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
October 11 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
October 13 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
October 14 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
October 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
October 19 – Irving, TX – Toyota Music Factory
October 21 – Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
October 23 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center



  • Kevin says:

    Have seen The Doobies a few times back in 1974 in Houston with The Beach Boys and Chicago !!!

    I am interested in making videos too! For my “Musical Songwriting Buddies” and I, here in Texas. Thanks For The Memories!

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