In this video seen herewith….the Doobie Brothers perform a brand new song at their 1983 Farewell Concert…..which is a hard-rocking harmonic ballad titled “Out On The Streets”….as this video provides plenty of evidence that the Doobies still had plenty of rock n roll in them….so, this was their farewell concert for other reasons….like individual solo careers and key members being somewhat critically ill….as the band’s history can be roughly divided into three eras. From 1970 to 1975 it featured lead vocalist Johnston and a mainstream rock and roll sound with elements of folk, country and R&B. Johnston quit the group in 1977…..and was replaced by Michael McDonald….whose interest in soul music changed the band’s sound until it broke up in 1982 after their Farewell Concert….with Simmons being the only constant member having appeared on all of their albums…..then in 1987, the Doobie Brothers reformed with Johnston back in the fold….whereas McDonald….who had previously made several guest appearances since their reformation….returned to the band full-time in 2019 for their upcoming 50th anniversary tour. Every incarnation of the group has emphasized vocal harmonies.
The Doobie Brothers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004….and will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on May 2, 2020. The group has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.