Journey: Original Drummer Steve Smith Rejoins And They’re Coming To Detroit

We can finally let you in on a little secret we’ve been biting our tongues over for the past month — Journey has a new drummer. Well, sort of. Former Journey drummer Steve Smith is back, and they’ll be touring next year with The Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason.

The San Francisco Fest 2016 tour starts in Irvine, California on May 12th and runs through August 30th just 90 minutes away in Chula Vista, California. Tickets go on sale December 5th through LiveNation.com. Fans with the Live Nation mobile app will have access to a password-free pre-sale starting December 3rd. The app is available through the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Steve Smith was asked to re-join the band for their tour this past summer, following Deen Castronovo‘s arrest for domestic violence and drug possession, but he had prior commitments. His return marks the first time he’ll have played with the band since 1998. And when the show hits Indianapolis on May 27th at the Motor Speedway, Smith will do double duty as he opens the show with guitarist Neal Schon as Vortex, one of Schon’s side projects.

The Doobie Brothers will also have a new face, as Little Feat‘s Bill Payne joins them on keyboards.

And Dave Mason has gotten his wish to tour with The Doobie Brothers. He told us last February that he’d been after their manager to make that happen for the last five years.

Here’s the tour schedule for 2016 including DTE Energy Music Theater on August 4th:

Thursday, May 12, 2016                 Irvine, CA                               Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre

Saturday, May 14, 2016                  Phoenix, AZ                          Ak-Chin Pavilion

Sunday, May 15, 2016                     Albuquerque, NM               Isleta Amphitheater

Wednesday, May 18, 2016              Austin, TX                             Austin360 Amphitheater

Friday, May 20, 2016                      Dallas, TX                               Gexa Energy Pavilion

Saturday, May 21, 2016                  Woodlands, TX                    The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

Monday, May 23, 2016                   Wichita, KS                           INTRUST Bank Arena

Wednesday, May 25, 2016              Memphis, TN                        FedEx Forum

Friday, May 27, 2016                       Indianapolis, IN                 Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Saturday, May 28, 2016                  Kansas City, KS                    Sprint Center

Tuesday, May 31, 2016                    Rogers, AR                            Walmart AMP

Thursday, June 02, 2016               Birmingham, AL                 Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Saturday, June 04, 2016                Charlotte, NC                       PNC Music Pavilion

Sunday, June 05, 2016                   Raleigh, NC                           Walnut Creek Amphitheatre

Wednesday, June 08, 2016            Atlanta, GA                           Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Friday, June 10, 2016                     Tampa, FL                             MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp.

Saturday, June 11, 2016                  W. Palm Beach, FL              Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre

Wednesday, June 22, 2016            Bangor, ME                           Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion

Friday, June 24, 2016                     Bethel, NY                             Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Saturday, June 25, 2016                 Holmdel, NJ                         PNC Banks Art Center

Monday, June 27, 2016                  Wantagh, NY                        Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Wednesday, June 29, 2016            Cuyahoga Falls, OH            Blossom Music Center

Friday, July 01, 2016                       Virginia Beach, VA              Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach

Saturday, July 02, 2016                  Bristow, VA                          Jiffy Lube Live

Tuesday, July 05, 2016                   Saratoga Springs, NY          Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Thursday, July 07, 2016                 Toronto                                  Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Saturday, July 09, 2016                  Darien, NY                            Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Sunday, July 10, 2016                     Mansfield, MA                      Xfinity Center

Wednesday, July 13, 2016              Syracuse, NY                         Lakeview Amphitheater

Friday, July 15, 2016                       Camden, NJ                          BB&T Pavilion

Saturday, July 16, 2016                  Burgettstown, PA                First Niagara Pavilion

Wednesday, July 27, 2016              Nashville, TN                   Ascend Amphitheater

Friday, July 29, 2016                      Cincinnati, OH                     Riverbend Music Center

Saturday, July 30, 2016                  Maryland Heights, MO       Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Tuesday, August 02, 2016              Grand Rapids, MI                Van Andel Arena

Thursday, August 04, 2016    Clarkston, MI                   DTE Energy Music Theatre

Thursday, August 06, 2015            Omaha, NE                           CenturyLink Center

Sunday, August 07, 2016               Des Moines, IA                     Wells Fargo Arena

Tuesday, August 09, 2016              St. Paul, MN                         Xcel Energy Center

Thursday, August 11, 2016             Sioux Falls, SD                     Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

Saturday, August 13, 2016             Tinley Park, IL                     Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Tuesday, August 16, 2016              Oklahoma City, OK             Chesapeake Energy Arena

Wednesday, August 17, 2016         Little Rock, AR                     Verizon Arena

Saturday, August 20, 2016            Denver, CO                           Pepsi Center

Sunday, August 21, 2016                West Valley City, UT           USANA Amphitheatre

Tuesday, August 23, 2016              Auburn, WA                         White River Amphitheatre

Thursday, August 25, 2016            Ridgefield, WA                     Sunlight Supply Amphitheater

Saturday, August 27, 2016             Las Vegas, NV                       Mandalay Bay Events Center

Sunday, August 28, 2016               Fresno, CA                             Save Mart Center

Tuesday, August 30, 2016              Chula Vista, CA                    Sleep Train Amphitheatre

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