Michael McDonald was absent from Tuesday night’s (8-31) Doobie Brothers concert.

After announcing before the show that he would not be joining the band as scheduled, The Doobie Brothers addressed the issue early in their set. They said he was “not feeling well” and that he was “recuperating and isolating.” They told the audience that they expect him to rejoin the tour in a week or so.

Many people’s thoughts immediately turned to Covid, but The Doobie’s didn’t mention it. However, they did say that the band and their entire crew had all been vaccinated.

Just last week they announced that Michael McDonald was going back on the road with them. The tour is in celebration of their 50th anniversary together.


  • Originally announced in 2019 and scheduled for 2020, McDonald’s reunion trek was postponed due to the ongoing pandemic, but finally launched on August 22.
  • Prior to hitting the road, McDonald admitted there was no way to predict whether things would go to plan.
  • McDonald Quote: “It’s a crapshoot, really, whether we’ll make it to the end of this or not, but I hope we do,” the singer confessed to the Associated Press. “The main thing I think is if we start to see that anything that we’re doing has a potential of being a super-spreader. I don’t think any of us are worried so much about getting sick ourselves. We’re all vaccinated. But if we test positive, that means all the people in our workplace are being exposed.”