This summer, 1970s rock bands Journey and the Doobie Brothers will hit the road for San Francisco Fest 2016, a massive joint North American tour. The trek will kick off on May 12 at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in California, and will run until August 30 when it finishes up in Chula Vista at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre. The tour will feature support from Dave Mason of the English rock band, Traffic as well. Tickets to see Journey and the Doobie Brothers were released in a pre-sale on November 30, and the demand has been high. The remaining tickets officially go on-sale this Saturday, and fans should expect to see prices rise as 2016 nears closer.
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Prior to the general public on-sale date, tickets for the 50-date tour are averaging $185 on the secondary market, with high prices in markets Texas, Virginia and New York. As it stands, Journey and the Doobie Brothers will play their most expensive show in the final week of their tour in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. For that show, resale tickets have climbed to $290, with the cheapest ticket available for $78. The tour is set to play its cheapest date on July 30 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Missouri, where tickets are averaging $122, but with an affordable get-in of just $29, according to sources at ticket aggregator TiqIQ.
San Francisco Fest 2016 will include special additions for longtime fans of both Journey and the Doobie Brothers. Journey will incorporate drummer Steve Smith in the touring lineup for the first time since 1998, as well as lead guitarist Neal Schon, bassist Ross Valory, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and singer Arnel Pineda. The Doobie Brothers will feature Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, John McFee and Bill Payne on their roster.
There are few people on the planet who haven't heard Journey's megahit, "Don't Stop Believin'," as the song has surged to worldwide popularity since its debut in the early 80s. In 2014, Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" dethroned "Don't Stop Believin'" to become the best-selling rock song in digital history. At the time, "Radioactive" had sold 6,043,000 copies, while Journey's classic jam had sold 5,943,000, with more than 1 million additional vinyl copies sold.