They’ve turned to England’s Def Leppard and Deep Purple, Illinois’ Cheap Trick and Styx, and Canada’s Loverboy for past summer nostalgia tours, but Journey did not have to look far to dig up another oldies rock act to pair up with for next year’s outing: They will be joined by fellow Bay Area vets the Doobie Brothers for the so-called San Francisco Fest 2016 Tour, which includes an Aug. 9 date at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Tickets to the X show will go on sale Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. for $29.50-$115 via Ticketmaster and the arena box office. British rocker Dave Mason of Traffic and Fleetwood Mac pedigree will round out the lineup.
Journey will once again be fronted by YouTube-reared singer Arnel Pineda in lieu of Steve Perry, but at least one of the band’s heyday-era members is rejoining for next year’s tour: Drummer Steve Smith will play his first shows with the group since 1998. The Doobie Brothers are still led by singers/guitarists Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons.