Journey and The Doobie Brothers will team for a co-headline U.S. tour in 2016. The multi-platinum hitmakers will rock 50 cities coast-to-coast from May through August.
According to a news release posted on Nov. 24 at PR Newswire, the pair of pioneering Bay Area bands, who helped shaped the San Francisco Sound, have dubbed the tour "San Francisco Fest 2016." Traffic co-founder Dave Mason will act as very special guest on all dates.
The tour will kick off May 12, 2016 in Irvine, California, at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. The summer romp will wind its ways east, hitting numerous major cities along the way, including stops in Phoenix, Dallas, Denver, Toronto and Atlanta, before returning west to wrap up Aug. 30, 2016 in Chula Vista, California, at Sleep Train Amphitheatre.
Journey's line up will include the return of classic era drummer Steve Smith. Smith will make his first appearance with the veteran prog-rockers in 17 years, replacing Deen Castronovo, who was quietly fired about over the summer after being arrested and indicted on a number of felony charges related to a domestic violence incident.
"I'm so looking forward to the very exciting 2016 we have planned, says Journey founding member Neil Schon, "We will see you all soon!!!!"
The Doobie Brothers will also have a familiar face back in their line up. Little Feat co-founder and keyboardist Bill Payne, who performed on several of the "China Grove" hitmaker's albums, will step in for touring keyboardist Guy Allison.
"It's gonna be a great summer for fans of Bay Area music, and for guys like us who have the pleasure of teaming up with our good friends from Journey and the Dave Mason Band," said Doobie Brothers frontmen Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons. "We look forward to taking the stage with Journey. We love their songs, and think we will all complement each other musically. It is going to be a powerful tour."
Journey and The Doobie Brothers 2016 North American tour schedule:
May 12 – Irvine, Calif., Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
May 14 – Phoenix, Ariz., Ak-Chin Pavilion
May 15 – Albuquerque, N.M., Isleta Amphitheater
May 18 – Austin, Texas, Austin360 Amphitheater
May 20 – Dallas, Texas, Gexa Energy Pavilion
May 21 – The Woodlands, Texas, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 23 – Wichita, Kansas, Intrust Bank Arena
May 25 – Memphis, Tenn., FedExForum
May 27 – Indianapolis, Ind., Indianapolis Motor Speedway
May 28 – Kansas City, Mo., Sprint Center
May 31 – Rogers, Ark., Walmart AMP
June 2 – Birmingham, Ala., Oak Mountain Presbyterian
June 4 – Charlotte, N.C., PNC Music Pavilion
June 5 – Raleigh, N.C., Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
June 8 – Atlanta, Ga., Aaron's Amphitheatre At Lakewood
June 10 – Tampa, Fla., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 11 – West Palm Beach, Fla., Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
June 22 – Bangor, Maine, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
June 24 – Bethel, N.Y., Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
June 25 – Holmdel, N.J., PNC Bank Arts Center
June 27 – Wantagh, N.Y., Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
June 29 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Center
July 1 – Virginia Beach, Va., Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
July 2 – Bristow, Va., Jiffy Lube Live
July 5 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 7 – Toronto, Ontario, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 9 – Darien Center, N.Y., Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 10 – Mansfield, Mass., Xfinity Center
July 13 – Syracuse, N.Y., Lakeview Amphitheater
July 15 – Camden, N.J., BB&T Pavilion
July 16 – Burgettstown, Pa., First Niagara Pavilion
July 27 – Nashville, Tenn., Nashville, Tenn., Ascend Amphitheater
July 29 – Cincinnati, Ohio, Riverbend Music Center
July 30 – Maryland Heights, Mo., Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 2 – Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel Arena
Aug. 4 – Clarkston, Mich., DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 6 – Omaha, Neb., CenturyLink Center Omaha
Aug. 7 – Des Moines, Iowa, Wells Fargo Arena
Aug. 9 – Saint Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy Center
Aug. 11 – Sioux Falls, S.D., Denny Sanford Premier Center
Aug. 13 – Tinley Park, Ill., Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 16 – Oklahoma City, Okla., Chesapeake Energy Arena
Aug. 17 – North Little Rock, Ark., Verizon Arena
Aug. 20 – Denver, Colo., Pepsi Center
Aug. 21 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Usana Amphitheatre
Aug. 23 – Auburn, Wash., White River Amphitheatre
Aug. 25 – Ridgefield, Wash., Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Aug. 27 – Las Vegas, Nev., Mandalay Bay Events Center
Aug. 28 – Fresno, Calif., Save Mart Center
Aug. 30 – Chula Vista, Calif., Sleep Train Amphitheatre