40th Anniversary Tour!
26th 2010 - Marymoor Park
FRONT ROW tickets!
****Review in progress****
by Art Rusche
a phenomenal FRONT
STAGE BABY concert
of The Doobie Brothers 40th Anniversary tour concert at
Marymoor Park on Aug 26th, 2010.
(Not even close to as phenomenal as
Lady Gaga, but... for the older crowd it was ;o )
I obtained a set of
four tickets in the 7th row during the KZOK pre-sale.
Then on the day of the public sales I was able to get
four FRONT ROW tickets. I have seen The
Doobies countless times, starting back in the 70's in
Pullman! The last time I saw them was at the Ste
Michelle Winery where we stormed the stage early on and
stood I front of Pat Simmons all night!
We arrived on a cloudy evening with
a threat of rain.
We grabbed a few brews and food and
settled into our up front reserved seating at the
Marymoor Park Amphitheater. The Original band
members in 1970,
Tom Johnston and
Patrick Simmons, were
John McFee who join the band in
1979. Original 1971 drummer
Michael Hossack did not join the band during this leg of the tour
doing some extra recuperating from an
auto accident a few years back. The Doobies other
drummer since 2005,
Ed Toth was joined by Tony Pia who subbed for
Michael. The Doobie's just came off of a successful
summer tour with the band Chicago. Bass player
Skylark also had health issues and was replaced by John
Cowan. Saxophonist since 1995,
Marc Russo played strong and soulful!
Guy Allison, keyboard and vocals since 1996 was also
evening started with
the 19 year old daughter of Doobie's lead man Tom
Johnston, and her band. She has a GREAT
voice, sort of like a Joss Stone in range. I think
she has a bright future in music, when she finds her
music niche. I think POP!!
See Lara and Tom on KING5's "new day" just before the
concert! She sings a mean tune while sitting down!
Being in the front row we were
forced to sit down several times as the "old" crowd sat
during some of the slow song introductions......
This was definitely the oldest crowd I've been to in a
while!! They wouldn't even let us get up to the
stage until we rushed it during the encore! Tom kept
asking the crowd to come to the stage and one time I was
the only one that did!!! The "Rent an unskilled worker"
from Site Pro guy who managed the event
told we were to stay in our seats..... I kept getting out
of my seat and dancing or standing closer and closer to
the stage. Until many people finally rushed it at the
We had a great time at the front of the stage enjoying
the great music this band had put out for four
decades.... They started with a strong set list (see the
left panel), one hit after another faithfully performed!!
They played a couple of new songs off their soon to be
released album and sounded very good and fresh but with a
strong Doobie's sound!!!
There were a few rain
drops that fell during the performance..... but I never
put a coat on and it never dampen the spirits of the
crowd!! It was fun singing to all their songs at
the top of my lungs and leading the crowd with fist pumps
and "Rock On" Horns!
Dave, Glenn and I all got guitar picks from the band
Many of the Doobies
came over and shook our hands afterward!!
I am currently processing over 400 pictures taken at the
event. See the latest below and check back for more
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Johnston wrote me on Facebook:
"Thanks so much, Art! I love your pictures!!!!! Great
job. What a fun night that was. Thank you for the kind