The Doobie Brothers play the first of 30 shows with Steely Dan tonight (Thursday) in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Founding member Tom Johnston says the bands, which often played together in '70s -- when Steely Dan players Jeff Baxter and Michael McDonald joined the Doobies after first working with Donald Fagin and Walter Becker.
Their friendship was rekindled last year, when they played two of the summer's biggest package shows -- the Classic West and Classic East stadium shows in Los Angeles and New York -- with Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and others. Both bands are also managed by music mogul Irving Azoff.
Tom Johnston says The Doobie Brothers rekindled their friendship with Steely Dan at two of 2017's biggest concerts:
The Doobie Brothers Tom Johnston says Steely Dan was great in the '70s -- and still is today: