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Doobie Brothers' Drummer Michael Hossack Is Downgraded to Stable Condition

Continues to Recover From Motorcycle Accident

The Band's Summer Tour Will Go On As Planned

July 3, 2001 – Michael Hossack, one of the Doobie Brothers' two drummers – whose history with the veteran rock 'n' roll band dates back to their second album, 1972's platinum Toulouse Street – was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, Friday, June 22.

Hossack, whose next performance with the band would have been the following night at Caesars Lake Tahoe, had been riding on Highway 88 in northern California on a day off from the Doobies' summer tour when the crash occurred.

Hossack sustained multiple fractures of the arm and leg. He was transported by helicopter in critical condition to a Sacramento-area hospital, where his condition quickly improved and was listed as serious. As of this writing, longtime Doobie Brothers manager Bruce Cohn reports that the drummer is out of I.C.U., sitting up, in good spirits, and looking forward to being home in less than a week. It is expected that there will be a several-month healing process, followed by intensive physical therapy.

Cohn said, "All of the Doobie Brothers and I are really pulling for Michael to get better quickly and get back on his feet – we miss him. In addition to the band, Michael has lots of friends and family rallying around him right now, and all our good thoughts go out to him for a speedy recovery."

Doobie Brother Pat Simmons added that "We are all anxious for Mike's return to performing, and we are all confident that he will be back playing with us by this time next year."

The Doobie Brothers are currently in the middle of a nationwide spring-summer tour in support of their latest album, Sibling Rivalry. Their scheduled itinerary keeps them on the road through late September. Second full-time Doobies' drummer Keith Knudsen will now be supported by drummer-percussionist M.B. Gordy, who will join the band for the remainder of the dates.

During the course of their 30-year-plus career, the Doobie Brothers have sold more than 50 million records, had 11 multi-platinum and 13 gold albums, and generated 16 Top 40 chart hits including "China Grove," "Takin' It to the Streets," "Listen to the Music," and the #1 smashes "Black Water" and "What A Fool Believes." A jam-packed collection of their greatest hits, Best of the Doobies Vol. 1, has earned the rare distinction of RIAA Diamond status with sales in excess of ten million copies, and a deluxe four-disc retrospective of their work, The Doobie Brothers: Long Train Runnin', was released in 1999. Still powered by original members from their earliest days, they continue to be known for their high-energy shows.


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