By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The iconic, California-based, ’70s-era rock band The Doobie Brothers were in Philadelphia today, getting ready for a concert tonight at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby.

We spoke with members of the group today at CBS Broadcast Center, in Spring Garden.

The Doobie Brothers performed one of their greatest hits, “Black Water,” on sister station CBS-3’s noontime program, Talk Philly.

Band members Tom Johnston (far right), John McFee (far right), and Patrick Simmons (second from left) say they’ve been to Philadelphia many times and feed off the fans here.

“If you go out on the west coast, it’s a little bit more laid back,” said Johnston.  “Guys back here are a little bit more fanatic, and I think that’s cool.”

“Every city does have sort of their own personality, I think, and Philadelphia has a good one,” added McFee.

Did Simmons agree with that assessment?  “Oh, yeah, we love it out here,” he replied.

And McFee says the fans now filling seats at their concerts span several generations.

“For whatever reason, a lot of young people are showing up at our concerts  and seem to like the music, so there is something working there,” he said.

The Doobie Brothers are working on a new album  with  a bunch of artists including former bandmate Michael McDonald.

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