Doobie Brothers Long Train Running Leads to Quebec

Doobie Brothers Long Train Running Leads to Quebec

Main pic: Tom Johnston, Doobie Brothers. Festival d’été de Québec, 13 juillet 2015. Scène Bell des Plaines d’Abraham. Crédit photo: Renaud Philippe.

Festival d’Été de Québec – 300 Shows – 10 Stages – 11 Days of music.

Quebec City (Québec) – The Festival d’Été de Québec keeps on going. Day after day after day of great music from some seriously good bands and artists.

Monday night was no different in that respect, but what was different was the style of music – The Plains of Abraham reverberating to to sounds of wonderfully loud rock music taking the place of the rap, hip-hop and electro acts of the previous few days.

The Doobie Brothers - FEQ 2015. Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe.

The Doobie Brothers – FEQ 2015. Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe.

With the venue being a natural outdoor amphitheatre, and full bursting point (plein à craquer as the locals might say) the scene was set for a great show.

Californian rock band The Doobie Brothers have stood the test of time – they played a great set and were worthy of headline status (Boston followed them) – 40 million albums sold worldwide and over 50 years in the business testament to this.

They engaged with the crowd throughout and got everyone going. The Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, as previously mentioned, were full. Rammed full, and the crowd of all ages – young teens to retirees older than some of the band members themselves had a great time.

Guitarist, lead singer, and founder Tom Johnston & the band launched into Jesus is Alright just after 7.30pm. Rockin’ Down the Highway came next.

Although the band lineup has changed over the years (impossible not to after such a long and successful career) they’ve still got it. There were seven on stage tonight playing anything from guitars, drums, pedal steel, violin, and saxophone.

Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and John McFee saved the best until last, the night was closing in and in late dusk, to the delight of all there we were treated to renditions of Long Train Running, China Grove, Road Angel, and Listen to the Music.

There’s something magical about just about all of a massive crowd knowing just about all of the words to just about all of the songs.

One enormous, rock-loving choir in unison having fun.

The Doobie Brothers – FEQ 2015. Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Philippe Ruel.

The Doobie Brothers – FEQ 2015. Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Philippe Ruel.

Festival d’Été de Québec – 300 Shows – 10 Stages – 11 Days of music.
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Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield moved to Quebec in 2009. He is part of the team responsible for the publishing company behind LifeinQuebec.com and Life in Québec Magazine. He has been involved with online and print media since 2001. He is passionate about cricket, is a qualified coach, and his real ambition is to start a cricket team in Quebec City – something he freely admits is probably beyond him. Follow him on Twitter @GreenfieldAndy

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