Journey, Doobie Brothers To Launch San Francisco Fest 2016 Next Summer

Posted: Nov 24 2015, 9:00am CST | by , in News | Latest Celebrity News

Journey, Doobie Brothers to Launch San Francisco Fest 2016 Next Summer
  • Journey and the Doobie Brother will launch the San Francisco Fest 2016 tour on Thursday, May 12 in Irvine, California with Special Guest Dave Mason.

The San Francisco Fest 2016 tour brings together two rock groups who helped defined the "San Francisco Sound" in the early 1970s.

Journey and The Doobie Brothers are hitting the road together next summer. The classic rockers are kicking off a 50-city North American trek on May 12 in Irvine, California. The dates scheduled nationwide through late August. They will be joined by special guest Dave Mason (of Traffic fame),

Journey will welcome back drummer Steve Smith, performing with the band for the first time since 1998. Lead guitarist Neal Schon, bassist Ross Valory, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and singer Arnel Pineda round out the current lineup.

Meanwhile, The Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and John McFee are adding Little Feat's Bill Payne for the 2016 tour. Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), original member Ross Valory (bass), and longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist) and Arnel Pineda (lead singer), are welcoming virtuoso drummer Steve Smith back into Journey.

This will mark the first time he will perform with the band since 1998. Schon and Smith have always remained close friends and musical collaborators. Smith has lent his incredible talent to several of Schon's solo albums, including critically acclaimed The Calling, and, most recently, Vortex.

The Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston (founding member, vocals/guitar), Patrick Simmons (founding member, vocals/guitar), and longtime member John McFee (guitars/strings/vocals) are adding Little Feat co-founder, Bill Payne, to their band on the 2016 tour.

"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 Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers.

"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. We can't wait to share it with the fans!"

The full list of San Francisco Fest 2016 tour dates:

May 12, Irvine, Calif. — Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre

May 14, Phoenix — Ak-Chin Pavilion

May 15, Albuquerque — Isleta Amphitheater

May 18, Austin — Austin360 Amphitheater

May 20, Dallas — Gexa Energy Pavilion

May 21, Woodlands, Texas — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

May 23, Wichita, Kan. — INTRUST Bank Arena

May 25, Memphis — FedEx Forum

May 27, Indianapolis — Indianapolis Motor Speedway *

May 28, Kansas City, Kan. — Sprint Center

May 31, Rogers, Ark. — Walmart AMP

June 2, Birmingham, Ala. — Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

June 4, Charlotte, N.C. — PNC Music Pavilion

June 5, Raleigh, N.C. — Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

June 8, Atlanta — Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood

June 10, Tampa — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp.

June 11, West Palm Beach — 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 Banks Art Center

June 27, Wantagh, N.Y. — Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

June 29, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio — Blossom Music Center

July 1, Virginia Beach — 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 — Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

July 9, Darien, 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, Penn. — First Niagara Pavilion

July 27, Nashville — Ascend Amphitheater **

July 29, Cincinnati — Riverbend Music Center

July 30, Maryland Heights, Miss. — 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

Aug. 7, Des Moines, Iowa — Wells Fargo Arena

Aug. 9, St. 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 — Chesapeake Energy Arena

Aug. 17, Little Rock, Ark. — Verizon Arena

Aug. 20, Denver — Pepsi Center

Aug. 21, West Valley City, Utah — USANA Amphitheatre

Aug. 23, Auburn, Wash. — White River Amphitheatre

Aug. 25, Ridgefield, Wash. — Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

Aug. 27, Las Vegas — Mandalay Bay Events Center

Aug. 28, Fresno, Calif. — Save Mart Center

Aug. 30, Chula Vista, Calif. — Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m. through Fans with the Live Nation mobile app will have access to a password-free presale starting Thursday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m.* The app is available via the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

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