Between them, they have sold millions of albums and have sold out just about every venue imaginable. Now, fans of Journey and The Doobie Brothers get to live it all again as the bands have announced plans for an expansive 2016 co-headlining trek of North America. Add to that, a very special opening act: former Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason, and you have one delicious tour.
The tour, with the moniker San Francisco Fest 2016 kicks off on May 12th in Irvine, California, and works its way all the way back to the final show on August 30th show in Chula Vista, California.
As of today, the tour has a total of 49 dates. Tickets will go on sale to the public on December 5th, via LiveNation.com. Also, there is a pre-sale for select shows will begin on Thursday, December 3, at 10 a.m. local time for fans with the Live Nation mobile app.
In great news for all Journey fans, the band welcomes back drummer Steve Smith. He drummed during the band’s classic Steve Perry-fronted lineup from 1978 to 1998.
As well as Journey, Smith will also play with Journey guitarist, Neal Schon’s jazz-rock side project, Neal Schon’s Vortex, for a tour of Japan in February next year. Vortex will also be opening for Journey at a the May 27th concert in Indianapolis.
In Doobie Brothers news, the band has announced it will be adding a new member to the band for the tour: founding Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne. Payne is no stranger to the band, and has played many of The Doobie’s studio albums.
Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons from The Doobie Brothers said in a joint statement, “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, we look forward to taking the stage with Journey. We love their songs, and think we will all complement each other musically.”
Check out all of the confirmed dates for Journey and The Doobie Brothers’ San Francisco Fest 2016 tour:
5/12 — Irvine, CA, Irvine Meadows
5/14 — Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
5/15 — Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatre
5/18 — Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheatre
5/20 — Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
5/21 — Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/23 — Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
5/25 — Memphis, TN, FedExForum
5/27 — Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis Motor Speedway+
5/28 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
5/31 — Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheatre
6/2 — Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
6/4 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
6/5 — Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
6/8 — Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
6/10 — Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
6/11 — West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
6/22 — Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
6/24 — Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
6/25 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
6/27 — Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
6/29 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
7/1 — Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live
7/2 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/5 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/7 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/9 — Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/10 — Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/13 — Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
7/15 — Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
7/16 — Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
7/27 — Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheatre++
7/29 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/30 — St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/2 — Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
8/4 — Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Pavilion
8/6 — Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
8/7 — Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
8/9 — St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
8/11 — Sioux Falls, SD, Sioux Falls Arena
8/13 — Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/16 — Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
8/17 — Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
8/20 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
8/21 — West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
8/23 — Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
8/25 — Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
8/27 — Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center
8/28 — Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
8/30 — Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
+ = Journey with Neal Schon’s Vortex only.
++ = Journey and Dave Mason only.