Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers.
Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers.

Two bands known for their string of 1970s hits, but whose sound really couldn't be more different from one another are coming to Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion for a fun double bill.

Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, together on The Summer of Living Dangerously tour, come to Meadowbrook, New Hampshire on July 13 for a 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are available at www.banknhpavilion.com.

Steely Dan's famous lineup of Walter Becker on guitars and Donald Fagen on keyboards came to an end last year following Becker's death in September. Fagen is continuing to tour under the Steely Dan moniker, ensuring that the band's fans will continue to hear classics like "Kid Charlemagne," "Hey Nineteen," "Aja," "Peg," "My Old School," "Time Out of Mind," "Pretzel Logic" and of course, "Rikki Don't Lose That Number."

The Doobie Brothers exploded on the scene from San Jose in the early 1970s with this like "Listen to the Music" and "Jesus Is Just Alright" as well as "Long Train Runnin'," "China Grove," "Black Water" and "Take me in Your Arms (Rock Me)."

Those hits all featured Tom Johnston on lead vocals with Patrick Simmons on guitars and backing vocals. Then Johnston got ill, Michael McDonald showed up with his feathered hair and his beard and the hits kept on coming.


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Johnston left the group in 1977 (he returned in 1987) but "Takin' It to the Streets," "It Keeps You Runnin'," "What a Fool Believes," "Minute by Minute," "Dependin' on You," "Real Love" and "One Step Closer" all featured McDonald either on lead or backing vocals.

These days, Johnston is the lead singer with Simmons and long-time guitarist John McFee in tow. The touring musicians are an impressive lot as well, featuring Little Feat co-founder Bill Payne on keyboard, former Vertical Horizon drummer Ed Toth and former Allman Brothers Band member Marc Quinones on percussion.

Hearing the art-tinged Steely Dan with the straightforward rock of The Doobie Brothers on a Friday night at Meadowbrook really moves this up the list of want-to-see shows this summer.