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The Doobie Brothers

Celebrating 50 Years of Concerts at the WVU Coliseum
September 24, 1978

The Doobie Brothers
with Special Guest Bill Champlin

Publicity photo of The Doobie Brothers Concert flier disguised as a parking ticket

This promotional flier disguised as a parking ticket helped to spread the word about the show.
SHOW DATE: Sunday, September 24 • 8:15pm
Born out of Northern California’s chaotic, late-1960s musical stew, The Doobie Brothers’ rugged, real and authentic approach to rock and roll made them biker bar stalwarts. But their self-titled debut album in ’71 went beyond just leather and motorcycles, revealing even more musical layers; sweet three-part harmonies and rootsy, introspective, acoustic flavors.

The Doobie Brothers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, have won four GRAMMY® Awards and sold more than 48 million records worldwide (including three multi-platinum, seven platinum, and 14 gold albums). Their 1976 Best of the Doobies has sold more than 12 million copies, earning rare RIAA Diamond status. Their No. 1 gold-certified singles “Black Water” (1974) and “What a Fool Believes” (1979) lead a catalog of hits that includes “Listen to the Music,” “Jesus Is Just All Right,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “China Grove,” “Take Me In Your Arms,” Takin’ It to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” “You Belong to Me,” and “The Doctor.” In all, The Doobies have tallied five Top 10 singles and 16 Top 40 hits.

Their 1978 performance at the WVU Coliseum drew nearly 10,000 fans. Bill Champlin opened the show. 

Bill Champlin released his first solo album, “Single.” In 1979 he won his first Grammy award for co-writing “After the Love is Gone,” which was later recorded by Earth, Wind & Fire. During the Chicago/EWF tours in 2004 and 2005, Champlin was asked to perform this song with them, as lead singer.
Copy of the telegram confirming The Doobie Brothers performance at the Coliseum in 1978