Michael McDonald was missing from the previous evening’s Doobie Brothers performance because of an unidentified ailment.
Subsequent to reporting before the show that McDonald would not be joining the band as planned, the Doobie Brothers addressed the issue early in their set. As indicated by various firsthand reports, the group uncovered that McDonald was “not feeling well” and that he was “recuperating and isolating at the moment.” The band added that it anticipated that the singer should rejoin the tour in a week or so.
Given the state of the world over the past 18 months, many individuals’ thoughts promptly went to COVID-19. The Doobie Brothers didn’t say the infection was identified with McDonald’s absence, however they did go out as they would prefer to tell the audience that he, the band and their whole group are completely inoculated.
The Doobie Brothers followed up last night’s statement today by taking note of that “a member of their touring personnel” has tested positive for COVID-19 and that the group would delay its next four shows. They are as of now scheduled to get back to the street on Sept. 9 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Initially declared in 2019 and scheduled for 2020, McDonald’s reunion trek with the Doobie Brothers was set to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary. The tour was deferred a year because of the ongoing pandemic, however finally launched on Aug. 22.
Before hitting the road, McDonald admitted it was basically impossible to foresee whether things would go to design.
“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.”