The Doobie Brothers‘ new concert album and video Live from the Beacon Theatre hits stores today. The set captures the veteran rockers playing their second and third albums, 1972’s Toulouse Street and 1973’s The Captain and Me, at the famous New York City venue.
The release was culled from two November 2018 shows and marked the first time the band performed any of their albums in their entirety live.
Doobie Brothers singer/guitarist Tom Johnston tells ABC Radio that preparing for the gigs was challenging because the group had never played a number of the songs live before, nor had they played sets that followed the exact song sequence of the albums.
“[I]t was interesting from many aspects,” Johnston notes, “but I have to say, we pulled it off and it sounded really good.”
One major highlight for Tom was the horn section that The Doobies employed on several tunes, including “Rockin’ Down the Highway” and “China Grove,” as well as on a reprise of “Listen to the Music,” which closed the shows.
“We actually grabbed a couple of guys from Steely Dan [for the Beacon shows], and it just sounded awesome,” Johnston declares. “Really a nice addition.” (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
Live from the Beacon Theatre is available as a two-CD set, a two-CD/DVD package, a Blu-ray and digitally.
Meanwhile, Johnston tells ABC Radio that The Doobie Brothers plan on scheduling similar concerts in two other U.S. cities this year, one on the West Coast and one in the Midwest.
The band’s currently touring with Santana through late August, and then will begin a fall headlining trek in September.
Here’s the Live from the Beacon Theatre CD track list:
Disc One: Toulouse Street
“Listen to the Music”
“Rockin’ Down the Highway”
“Don’t Start Me to Talkin'”
“Jesus Is Just Alright”
Disc Two: The Captain and Me
“Long Train Runnin'”
“Dark Eyed Cajun Woman”
“Clear as the Driven Snow”
“South City Midnight Lady”
“Busted Down Around O’Connelly Corners”
“The Captain and Me”
“Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me)”
“Listen to the Music” (Reprise)
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