Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Tom Johnston leaves The Doobie Brothers tour due to health issue

The Doobie Brothers have announced that frontman Tom Johnston has left the band’s 50th anniversary tour to deal with an ongoing health issue.

"The Doobie Brothers are heartbroken to announce that Tom Johnston will be undergoing surgery following severe back pain and won't be able to join the band on the upcoming leg of their 50th Anniversary Tour,” shared the band on social media. "Per advisement of his physician, Johnston should not be performing at this time and is looking forward to returning to the road as soon as possible. The shows will go on - Pat Simmons, Michael McDonald, and John McFee will continue the tour beginning with their May 25th show at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL."

"I hope for a speedy recovery and can't wait to get back on the road and continue doing what I love," says Johnston. "I would like to thank Pat, Michael, John and the entire Doobie Brothers band for covering for me while I recover from back surgery. ... I'm sure they will bring it every night as they always do."

The classic rock band has been on the road playing shows on their 50th anniversary tour; they recently began their 2023 dates in Australia and Japan, which were followed by two shows in Hawaii.

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See also:

The Doobie Brothers add Canadian dates to 50th anniversary tour
The Doobie Brothers extend 50th anniversary US tour
The Doobie Brothers reschedule 50th anniversary shows due to Covid-19
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