Earlier this month, the Doobie Brothers sent out a call on social media for fans to lay down some vocals on a portion of the band‘s classic hit, “Black Water,” for a crowd-participation video borne out of coronavirus pandemic isolation.
The goal of the video was to keep the spirit of live music around, while also entertaining their fans with some interactive social media involvement:
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Like all of you, we’re trying to do our part to flatten the curve and maintain social distance during this crucial time. Although we can’t perform for you in person, we’re getting ready to do a special performance online and need your help. Swipe right and you’ll hear a portion of our song “Black Water”. We’re asking you to record your own video singing along and share it on social media using the hashtag #DoobiesSingalong. We’ll be selecting some of our favorites to appear in a very special Doobie Brothers online performance. Stay safe
On Monday, the Doobies premiered a slick new video incorporating some of that fan footage with scenes of Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston, John Cowan and John McFee playing their parts from their respective homes.
It’s a great effort all around, and you can view it below (via Rolling Stone):
Per Rolling Stone, Simmons said the following of the “Black Water” video:
“Sending out warm wishes to all of our friends,” Simmons says. “Thanks to all the angels of mercy who have stepped up to lessen the impact that the Covid-19 virus has had on so many lives. We are partnering with Feeding America for our presentation, and would be thankful to anyone who could make a donation to help our neighbors in need during this crucial time.”
2020 will be a big year for the Doobie Brothers no matter what happens with COVID-19. At present, the band is scheduled to head out on a massive 50th anniversary tour featuring Michael McDonald, and even if those dates end up being canceled or postponed, the Doobies will still enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, when the rescheduled induction ceremony takes place in November.