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 play the Chateau St. Michelle Winery in Woodinville Saturday September 15th

The Doobie Brothers are at the Puyallup Fair Wednesday September 19th

– Michael Verity, CBS Local


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