Chicago & The Doobie Brothers team up for tour

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Chicago and The Doobie Brothers will join forces this summer for a co-headlining tour. The two groups will make their way to Massachusetts for a performance at the Comcast Center in Mansfield on Thursday, August 16. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $21 to $86, are now on sale through Live Nation.

On the summer tour, fans can expect each of the bands to perform individual sets packed with greatest hits and crowd favorites. They will they join together for a grand finale encore, playing each other’s songs to end the show.

Chicago, who’s last offering of all new material was 2008’s Stone of Sisyphus, will once again look to raise money for the American Cancer Society on the summer tour. For the third consecutive year, the band will host a “Sing With Chicago” auction in each city. The winning bidder will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing the band’s classic song, “If You Leave Me Now” onstage with Chicago. So far, the campaign has raised over $130,000 to fight breast cancer. As was done last year, the money raised this year is in honor of Chicago’s friend Paqui Kelly, the wife of Massachusetts native and Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly, who is a breast cancer survivor.

Featuring original members Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston along with 30-year member John McFee, The Doobie Brothers last offering of new material was 2010’s World Gone Crazy. The album, their first in over a decade, featured special guests appearances from Willie Nelson and Michael McDonald.

However, the upcoming tour will come with a heavy heart for the veteran rockers. Longtime Doobie Brothers drummer Mike Hossack passed away last week at his home in Dubois, Wyoming after a long battle with cancer. He was 65.

“Mike has always been a part of my musical life and the life of the Doobie Brothers; from our earliest singles, like ‘China Grove’ and ‘Blackwater’ to our most recent single ‘Brighter Day'” remarked Johnston in a statement from the band. “The last few years, he was brave and determined to keep on playing in the face of ill health, and I will always admire him for that. He was a terrific dad and family man, and we will all miss him.”

“When my kids were little, they used to call him ‘Big Mike,’ because to them he was such a big guy,” recalled Simmons. “But to me and those who knew him, he had an even a bigger heart. We were friends for 43 years and we shared some wonderful adventures together, times I will never forget. Thanks for all those wonderful memories Mike, and all the great music. We love you.”

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