2020 Rock Hall nominees the Doobie Brothers have just rolled out the dates for the band's first Las Vegas residency. The Doobies, featuring co-founders Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons -- along with longtime veteran John McFee -- lead the lineup that'll play The Venetian Theatre on February 7th, 8th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 21st, and 22nd.

The Doobie Brothers have been in the studio recently with Bon Jovi producer John Shanks, with an eye towards releasing some new music in 2020. Patrick Simmons told us that unfortunately for fans, Doobies business has frequently got in the way of laying down new studio tracks: "We have recorded so many albums through the years, y'know, you always figure you're gonna do another one. Y'know, we always had it in the back of our minds we were gonna put out another record and this or that would get in the way -- or we'd have a tour booked. The fact that we're workin' all the time anyway, it's sort of, it's like, well, so we have to go in and do this, is it necessary? And it is."

Doobie Brothers guitarist and lead singer Tom Johnston told us that the way he preps before hitting the road is light years away than how got himself in shape before the Doobies' classic road runs back in the '70s. We asked him what's been the primary change for him over the decades: "Probably a sense of proficiency on both instrument and voice, for one thing. Back in those days, I never practiced -- we just played. I mean, we got together and rehearsed once in a while, but, I mean, I didn't practice unless I was with a band. Nowadays, I practice before going on any tours. I like to get, like, two hours a day, at least; y'know an hour on guitar, an hour on voice. I used to write back then, but it was kind of hit and miss; nowadays I write almost as a hobby."

AUDIO: TOM JOHNSTON ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NOW AND THE '70S
AUDIO: PAT SIMMONS ON DELAYS BETWEEN DOOBIES ALBUMS