They’re both still around, and even though they’re not topping the charts these days, they’re both still popular concert draws and they both still sound great. They’re on tour together right now, and they’ll be in Tampa at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday.
The Doobie Brothers’ current lineup includes founding guitarists Patrick Simmons (who wrote and sang “Black Water,” one of the band’s biggest hits) and Tom Johnston (the voice behind “Listen to the Music,” “Long Train Runnin’ ” and many other hits). Guitarist John McFee, who’s been a Doobie since 1979, and former Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne are among other notables in the current band.
The great guitarist Neal Schon and bassist Ross Valory are the only original members of Journey who are still with the band. Steve Perry, who wielded the gorgeous voice that gave the trademark sound to Journey’s biggest hits, left back in the ’80s, but current singer Arnel Pineda replicates Perry’s vocals with almost eerie accuracy.
Opening the show is Dave Mason. He’s most widely known for his hit “We Just Disagree,” but his song “Feelin’ Alright” has been covered by everyone from Joe Cocker to the Fifth Dimension. He was a member of the jazz-influenced ’60s and ’70s band Traffic, and was very briefly a member of Derek and the Dominoes and Fleetwood Mac.