Two of the 1970s most popular bands, Chicago and the Doobie Brothers, will partner for their annual summer tour of amphitheatres beginning July 11.

The 21-date summer tour will kick off at the Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre in Tucson and run through August 24’s show in Scranton, PA. The bands will zig-zag their way across the country over the course of the six-week excursion, picking up dates that include Denver, Atlanta and Boston along the way.

The Doobie Brothers, with original members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons and 30-year veteran John McFee, are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a number of benchmark events. The band’s recent tour of New Zealand yielded sales of over 40,000 tickets (nearly 1 percent of the country’s population).

Four founding members of Chicago – Bobby Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow and Walt Parazider – will be on hand for this summer’s tour. The band will continue its popular “Sing With Chicago” program, a fundraiser that has already yielded over $130,000 for the American Cancer Society. Fans in each city where the band will appear can bid on a ticket package that includes the opportunity to appear onstage with the band when they perform “If You Leave Me Now.”

Chicago and Doobie Brothers tour dates, summer 2012:

July 11 – Tucson, AZ – Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre

July 13 – Lake Tahoe, CA – Harvey’s Lake Tahoe

July 14 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord

July 15 –  Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre

July 17 – Denver,CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

July 20 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre

July 21 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

July 22 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

July 24 – Atanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre

July 26 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

July 29 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

August 1 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

August 2 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion

August 4 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Resort Spa & Casino

August 16 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center

August 18 – Wantagh,NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

August 19 – Holmdel, NJ – P.N.C. Bank Arts Center

August 21 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center

August 23 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

August 24 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion

Ticket information is available on the Chicago and Doobie Brothers websites.

– Michael Verity, CBS Local



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