Doobie Brothers drummer crashes on way to Tahoe: Shows go on.
Doobie Brothers drummer Mike Hossack is recovering from major injuries suffered while riding his motorcycle to a weekend appearance at Caesars Tahoe.
The accident happened Friday afternoon on State Route 88, about 50 miles east of Sacramento. Hossack, 54, was airlifted to Sutter Hospital in Roseville, where he was treated for fractures to his left shoulder, arm, hip and leg.
Hossack was wearing a helmet with a full face shield at the time of the accident. He remained in serious condition Monday afternoon, according to hospital spokeswoman Robin Montgomery.
The Doobie Brothers perform at Stateline at least one weekend each year. With two drummers, the band was able to perform Saturday and Sunday night without Hossack.
“The shows went on without a hitch,” said Paul Reder, vice president of entertainment at Caesars Tahoe. “And he (Hossack) is expected to make a full recovery.”
“Hossack’s band members have been in contact with him and although his injuries were extensive, everyone is very relieved that they are not life-threatening,” said Tom Mozzolini, the band’s agent.
Tour manager Ed Ryan was optimistic about Hossack’s recovery.
“He had many, many hours of surgery and is doing much better. Mike said to play the shows (at Caesars) without him,” Ryan said.
According to Hossack’s biography, when he’s not touring or recording in the studio, “He enjoys spending time with his son Mike Jr., and his daughter Erica Rose … and riding his 105-inch Harley-Davidson.”
Born in Paterson, N.J., Hossack is an original member of the Doobie Brothers. His drumming can be heard on such hits as “Listen to the Music,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “China Grove,” and the band’s first No. 1 hit, “Blackwater.”
His mother, 78-year-old Aida Hossack, still lives in Paterson. Contacted Monday by phone, she said she hopes “he never goes on (a motorcycle) again.”
The Doobie Brothers will continue their current tour in support of their most recent album, “Sibling Rivalry,” with Keith Knudson assuming full drumming responsibilities.
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