Photo: Rick Farrell

One of classic rock’s most enduring bands, the Doobie Brothers finally got to play in front of an enthused crowd at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA Saturday, June 25. The band had previously scheduled their “50th Anniversary Tour” for the summer of 2020 – it was canceled twice due to the pandemic.

What made the night extra special was the return of keyboard/vocalist Michael McDonald who played with the band in the mid-70’s, at the height of the Doobies’ popularity. His voice was strong on signature tunes like “Minute by Minute,” ‘Dependin’ on You,” and “What a Fool Believes.”

The band was tight all night behind founders Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnson, who shared vocals the rest of the evening. Hits like “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “China Grove,” and “Black Water” had the audience singing along with all their might. They also covered a few lesser know songs from early in their career, as well as several new ones available on recent albums. Click here for the full setlist.

A busy July is on tap at the Xfinity Center, or as Doobie Tom Johnson reminded the crowd, “Great Woods.” Shows with Steely Dan, Keith Urban, The Chicks and Phish are lined up, as well as many more. Check the complete schedule here.

WUN concert photographer Rick Farrell was there and captured some great moments with the band in his pics below.

Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music and more for What'sUpNewp, Providence Monthly, SO RI, and The Bay. He DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse" Tuesday nights, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM.

Rick Farrell

​Rick Farrell of Mojo Photography has been drawn to music his entire life. Maybe it was growing up in Newport, RI, host to the venerable Newport Jazz and Folk festivals. Or maybe it was the countless hours listening to his older siblings' classic LP's and 45's on the stereo in the 1960's. Whatever the reason, there has always been a strong connection.

He had originally taken up photography as a hobby, eventually gravitating towards shooting professionally in 2007. Never knowing what his true passion or niche was, proved to be very frustrating to say the least. Then in 2009 he shot a concert, and everything seemed to click. He had discovered his passion! Concert photography!

He considers himself fortunate to have photographed shows at some of the premier venues in New England, including Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium. He has literally photographed hundreds of shows, including some of the biggest acts in today’s music industry. He has photographed many esteemed festivals including the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and Farm Aid. His work has been published in numerous outlets locally, regionally, and nationally.

Musically, he loves everything from rock to country, jazz, R&B, pop, and classical. There is no greater feeling for him than capturing a moment on stage for others to enjoy for posterity. Whatever your taste, his goal is to provide "music for your eyes."