by Dan Harr
It is a clear sign of continued success when, year after year, The Doobie Brothers pack venues with fans while performing a nearly identical show on tour to the one a year earlier. That’s exactly what happened Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Encore Amphitheater in Alpharetta, Ga., when the legendary rockers, along with The Eagles founding member Don Felder and Pat Simmons Jr. son of Doobie Brother Pat Simmons, made a stop in the north Georgia city about an hour north of Atlanta. But don’t get me wrong… it’s a good thing.
Opening the evening was Pat Simmons Jr. Obviously gifted with his father’s musical genes, Simmons performed solo with his guitar, giving the audience a selection of folksy-Americana themed songs that captivated their attention. While some may have come with pre-notions of Simmons being just another musician’s kid being put on stage by a family member in the hope of finding success, he quickly dashed those ideas with his musical talent and vocal abilities taking center stage. While having a famous father doesn’t hurt, Pat Simmons Jr. has what it takes to definitely make it on his own merit.
Up next: original founding member of The Eagles, Don Felder. Responsible for some of the legendary rockers’ biggest hist including “The Long Run”, “One of These Nights” and, arguably, the band’s biggest hit, “Hotel California”, Felder’s set was a continuous medley of Eagles’ songs as well as his own solo projects. Growing up in the 1970’s and closing my eyes while sitting in the Amphitheater, memories of the first time I heard the songs jumped into mind and memory lane became a superhighway as Felder’s voice brought me back to my childhood years. Simply put: it was amazing!
Speaking of the 1970’s, The Doobie Brothers have been thrilling audiences at sold-out shows since first coming to national prominence in 1972 with chart-toppers “”Listen to the Music” and “Jesus is Just Alright”. The show they continue to perform is essentially the same set list they have used year after year, and it never gets old!!! My childhood is locked in step with those songs, and I can never get enough. Apparently, I’m not alone as, previously mentioned, audiences of all ages still flock to Doobie Brothers’ shows so they can share in the memories of the music. And it is audiences of all ages who attend their shows as new generations of fans continue to discover the timeless music.
For more about The Doobie Brothers, visit www.doobiebros.com
For more about Don Felder, visit www.donfelder.com
For more about Pat Simmons Jr., visit www.facebook.com/patsimmonsjr
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