Journey and The Doobie Brothers Announce “San Francisco Fest 2016” Tour

Music News | Nov 24th, 2015

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Journey and The Doobie Brothers have announced a co-headlining tour called “San Francisco Fest 2016.” The tour will stop at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY on June 24th. The tour launches at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California, with concerts scheduled through Tuesday, August 30th 2016. The special guest on the tour will be Dave Mason. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, December 5th 2015 at 10:00 AM through

Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), original member Ross Valory (bass), and longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist) and Arnel Pineda (lead singer), are welcoming virtuoso drummer Steve Smith back into JOURNEY, marking the first time he will perform with the band since 1998. Schon and Smith have always remained close friends and musical collaborators. Smith has lent his incredible talent to several of Schon’s solo albums, including critically acclaimed The Calling, and, most recently, Vortex.

Schon was thrilled when Smith accepted his invitation to rejoin JOURNEY, exclaiming, “I’m so looking forward to the very exciting 2016 we have planned, starting with my ‘Neal Vortex Schon’ Japan tour in February and then our major summer tour with The Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason. We will see you All soon!!!!”

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS’ Tom Johnston (founding member, vocals/guitar), Patrick Simmons (founding member, vocals/guitar), and longtime member John McFee (guitars/strings/vocals) are adding Little Feat co-founder, Bill Payne, to their band on the 2016 tour. Payne performed on many of THE DOOBIE BROTHERS studio albums as well as on the road; a relationship the band is looking forward to rekindling.

“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,” said Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers. “We look forward to taking the stage with Journey. We love their songs, and think we will all complement each other musically. It is going to be a powerful tour. We can’t wait to share it with the fans!”

JOURNEY VIP Packages and THE DOOBIE BROTHERS VIP Packages will both be available through VIP Nation. For more information, visit and

JOURNEY is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music, with iconic hits such as “Lovin, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” “Faithfully,” “Lights,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Stone In Love,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Open Arms,” “Separate Ways,” “Only the Young,” “Be Good to Yourself,” and the seminal “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which is the top-selling digital catalog track in history. Since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco, JOURNEY has sold 80 million albums worldwide, earning 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums since. VH1 named the group one of the top 100 artists of all time. The Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times-Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified holders. In 2007, Neal Schon discovered Arnel Pineda on YouTube and succeeded in making Pineda the new lead singer. Two albums and three major tours later, JOURNEY has toured four continents and performed for nearly three million fans, earning the group Billboard’s prestigious “Legend of Live Award.” They received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and VH1 has named the group one of the top 100 artists of all time.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four GRAMMY® Awards. They released their latest album, Southbound, in November 2014 on Arista Nashville. Southbound features new recordings of the band’s biggest hits, with country music’s biggest stars including Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith. Boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, the band continues to write and record new material and tour the world. Their No. 1 singles “Black Water” (1974) and “What a Fool Believes” (1979), both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include: “Listen to the Music,” “China Grove,” “Jesus Is Just All Right,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “Take Me In Your Arms,” Takin’ it to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” “You Belong to Me,” “The Doctor” and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied up five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street (1972), the Doobies have 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum and 14 Gold albums. Their Best of the Doobies (1976) has sold more than 12 million copies – a rare “diamond record.”

Legendary rocker DAVE MASON has an illustrious career spanning nearly 50 years, encompassing producing, performing, and songwriting. Best known for his soulful voice and unsurpassed guitar playing, Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the group Traffic, and continues performing as a solo artist with sold out shows all over the world. Over his career he has penned over 100 songs and hit singles including “Feelin’ Alright,” “We Just Disagree,” “Only You Know and I Know,” among others. Mason is a true classic rocker who has collaborated with numerous members of rock and roll elite, including George Harrison, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and many more. When Dave is not touring he continues writing and producing new music in his home studio, as well as tirelessly supporting philanthropic causes near to his heart: Work Vessels for Vets, Yoga Blue, Michael Bolton Charities, and Kid’s Rock.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016 Irvine, CA Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Saturday, May 14, 2016 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sunday, May 15, 2016 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
Friday, May 20, 2016 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
Saturday, May 21, 2016 Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Monday, May 23, 2016 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
Friday, May 27, 2016 Indianapolis, IN+ Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Saturday, May 28, 2016 Kansas City, KS Sprint Center
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP
Thursday, June 02, 2016 Birmingham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Saturday, June 04, 2016 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Sunday, June 05, 2016 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Friday, June 10, 2016 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp.
Saturday, June 11, 2016 W. Palm Beach, FL Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Friday, June 24, 2016 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Holmdel, NJ PNC Banks Art Center
Monday, June 27, 2016 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Friday, July 01, 2016 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
Saturday, July 02, 2016 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Tuesday, July 05, 2016 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Thursday, July 07, 2016 Toronto Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Saturday, July 09, 2016 Darien, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sunday, July 10, 2016 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
Friday, July 15, 2016 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
Saturday, July 16, 2016 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Nashville, TN++ Ascend Amphitheater
Friday, July 29, 2016 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Saturday, July 30, 2016 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tuesday, August 02, 2016 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Thursday, August 04, 2016 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Thursday, August 06, 2016 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
Sunday, August 07, 2016 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Thursday, August 11, 2016 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Saturday, August 13, 2016 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
Saturday, August 20, 2016 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Sunday, August 21, 2016 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Thursday, August 25, 2016 Ridgefield, WA Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Saturday, August 27, 2016 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
Sunday, August 28, 2016 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre

+JOURNEY with Neal “Vortex” Schon only on this date.
++JOURNEY and Dave Mason only on this date.


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