Coming in May: ‘Long Train Runnin’: Our Story of the Doobie Brothers,’ by Tom Johnston & Pat Simmons


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The history of The Doobie Brothers is undeniable — the band finally made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2020 after decades’ worth of memorable music and accolades.

The band also just released a new record, Liberté, in October to accompany its 50th anniversary tour with old pal Michael McDonald. And coming up in May, an official memoir from Doobies founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons will be published by St. Martin’s Press in what looks to be a revealing and candid take on the group’s legacy.

Officially penned by Johnston and Simmons alongside writer Chris Epting, here’s the synopsis of Long Train Runnin’: Our Story of The Doobie Brothers:

Only a very few rock bands have had the longevity, success, and drama of The Doobie Brothers. Born out of late 1960s NorCal, and led by Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston, they stood alongside their contemporaries The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, and many others as an iconic American rock band. The train was rolling along, hits were flowing like wine, and arenas were packed with fans who wanted to see them live…then Tom Johnston, the band’s front man and lead guitarist, became ill and had to leave.

The Doobies’ train came to a screeching halt. All of a sudden the band started contemplating the end of the road only seven years into their career, just as things were taking off. But Pat Simmons made sure they were far from the end and began the process of keeping the band together through most of the next decade.

A soul-steeped backup singer for Steely Dan named Michael McDonald took a shot at singing some of the Doobies’ songs on tour, and all of a sudden a new chapter in the Doobie Brothers’ story began. The band expanded their sound and had even more hits with their new front addition. Tom recovered from his health issues, but the band had moved on. When it came time for a reunion concert in the ’80s, Tom got the call and was back in the mix. Led once again by Pat and Tom, The Doobie Brothers have been touring ever since and maintain a massive fan base the world over.

Never before have Pat and Tom shared their story, in their own words. In Long Train Runnin’ they’ll change that.

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