Classic Rock Corner

Last Night: The Doobie Brothers At House Of Blues

They are one of the classic American rock bands of the '70s and '80s, boast nearly a double CD's worth of hits from three distinct eras, always play with incredible musicianship, and still feature original singer/guitarists Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons.

So why was Aftermath - though we enjoyed the show - somewhat underwhelmed by this Doobie Brothers experience, like digesting the empty calories of a liter of Classic Rock Cola?

The band played the exact identical set from last summer's co-headlining gig with Chicago at the Woodlands, adding only latter-day hit "Dangerous" and Simmons' somewhat tepid ballad "Far From Home." The latter is one of four numbers performed from 2010's World Gone Crazy record, a fine effort even if it did need a couple of shots of harder material.

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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