Doobie Brothers co-founder Patrick Simmons is planning to do some rockin' down the highway after the group's summer tour ends on September 1 at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.
Simmons and his wife Cris have signed up for the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2014, a 4,100+ mile cross-country trip that runs September 5-21 from Daytona, Fla., to Tacoma, Wash.
"Cris and I are excited and so ready to head out" on the ride, Simmons says in a statement on the Doobies's web site. "We have been working on our bikes for over a year now." Simmons will be riding a 1929 Harley-Davidson JD, while Cris, a member of the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame who finished 20th in the 2010 Cannonball Endurance Run, will be on a 1934 Harley-Davidson she's named Buddy; the couple will be raising money for Stand Up For Cancer in honor of their son, Patrick Jr., who is now free and clear of testicular cancer.
The Doobies are planning a November 4 release for "Southbound," a tribute album that finds the group playing its greatest hits with a lineup of country stars, while co-founder Tom Johnston tells us the group's summer tour has been an unqualified success:
"We’ve been on the road a lot with Boston and Peter Frampton and doing stuff on our own and working on getting this record up and out, and you name it, we're doing it...We have worked with Peter before, but only once. He was great to work with. He was a gas, and we really enjoyed the experience. Boston we really don't have any history with, so we kind of got to know them this summer, if you will."