The Doobie Brothers Revisit Classic ‘Listen To The Music’ For Music Education – Forbes

Musician/Singer Tom Johnston from The Doobie Brothers performs at Stagecoach 2016, in Indio, California, on May 1, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

The Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and John McFee will headline a benefit this Tuesday night, October 3, in Los Angeles for Playing For Change Foundation, an organization dedicated to music education around the globe.

The non-profit came to fame through their videos, including one for “Stand By Me” that has done over 100 million views on You Tube, featuring musicians from around the globe. Artists like Bono, Keith Richards, Jack Johnson, Manu Chao and more have participated in the clips.

At the Mayan benefit Tuesday in L.A. (https://tickets.alistixs.com/event/weareone) a new Playing For Change clip for the Doobie Brothers 1972 smash “Listen To The Music” will be premiered

In advance of the show I spoke with the Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston about revisiting the song, why they wanted to help the charity and how playing with the Eagles and Steely Dan at the recent Classic West and East shows was understandably bittersweet.

Steve Baltin: It’s got to be a fun time for you guys with so many opportunities. I had the  chance to see you at Classic West, that massive show. And then you can give back by doing Playing for Change. Talk about that mix.

Tom Johnston: Yeah, we’re fortunate to do this. I certainly can do it every year, it’s been a long time. We ain’t stopping any time soon.

Baltin: When you get a chance to mix it up, to do things like whether it’s giving back or  seeing old friends, does that also reinvigorate you guys a little bit?

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