Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Balancing Act for Doobie Brothers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Balancing Act for Doobie Brothers

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After a recent 500-mile motorcycle ride, Doobie Brothers drummer/vocalist Keith Knudson came down with a bit of a cold. It seems the mountains of the American West had some rather chilly air, forcing the rock veteran to take it easy.

Recovering in his 6-acre home in Sonoma, Calif., Knudson talked excitedly about the prospect of applying some Vicks to clear his sinuses. Then, getting down to business, he dispelled any thoughts that the band was just rehashing its old formula when recording its just-released album, Sibling Rivalry.

"If we were in the middle of a career, or trying to build a new career, we probably wouldn't release this album [with] four different singers, four or five different writers in the band," he said. "You know, back in the old days, you wanted to focus on one guy or two guys, which is what we did. It was either Tommy [Johnston] and Pat [Simmons] or Pat and Michael [McDonald]. And nowadays we don't have to do that, and that gives us more room to move."

Taking their name from slang for a joint, the original Doobie Brothers formed in 1970 in the post-hippie glow of California. After an underwhelming 1971 debut, the band released its '72 album Toulouse Street, which went platinum on the strength of its single Listen to the Music. Knudson joined the band in 1973.

The Doobies went on to release a record almost every year in the '70s before breaking up in 1982. After spotty reunion gigs, they toured in '87 and released new studio albums in '89 and '91. Sibling Rivalry marks their first new studio album since then.

Johnston and Simmons are still in the band, which will perform at the Florida Theatre Tuesday, but today's group is working to balance a set of old and new material.

"You know, I'd like to play a lot of new songs, but that's not fair to the audience," Knudson said. …

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