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Interview:
Longevity is pleasing, surprising to Doobie Brothers
 

By GARY GRAFF
For Journal Register Newspapers

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Doobie Brothers co-founder Patrick Simmons laughs at the idea of being a movie star by dint of the new documentary about the band, "Let the Music Play."

But he is happy to see the group's 40-plus year story told with a degree of depth and care.

"It's something we wanted to do for a long time," says Simmons, 64.. "We had something out years and years ago, like a video-taped kind of thing, but it didn't have a real company doing it and it didn't really last very long.

"So with this it's nice to have a professional company that knows what they're doing and kind of tells a more complete story about our origins. They did a lot of research and really kind of went the extra mile to put things together, so that was kind of cool."

The DVD comes out at the same time the Doobies are celebrating some other significant anniversaries -- 40 years since "The Captain & Me" album and 35 since the Grammy Award-winning "Minute By Minute" -- as well as working on a collaborative project in Nashville. Simmons is keeping details about the latter under wraps until details are firmed up, but he's still awed that people still want to "Listen to the Music" the Doobies make this far down the line.

"Most bands, you know, last a year or two if they're lucky," Simmons says. "I have so many friends that play music and that I've known for decades, and they never really hit it. They've made CDs and had a little back and stuff and done things on their own, and they're still doing it out of sheer love of the process and of music in general.

"So for me to have been able to record and make music with all the great, great players we've had in (the Doobies) and still be doing it, it's ridiculous. I'm not worthy, you know?"

The Doobie Brothers perform at 9 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the Colosseum in Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East. Tickets are $35-$85. Call (800) 991-777 or visit www.caesarswindsor.com.

Web Site: www.caesarswindsor.com

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