Huey Lewis opens up about the early days of Huey Lewis & The News when the band opened up for the Doobie Brothers:
Huey: When we first opened for the Doobie Brothers, we got booed. Our first show, I think we had like 10 or 11 songs. As soon as a song would end, the boos would start. We learned to launch right into the next song immediately, so we didn’t give the crowd a chance to boo.
After that first show, we were despondent. It was a tough reaction. I said, “Man, that’s terrible.”
The Doobie Brothers said, “Are you kidding? You did a lot better than The Fabulous Thunderbirds. They didn’t even get through the whole set.”
I was like, “Okay, well, at least we got all 10 songs in.”
We must have done 30 dates with them and we were booed every single night.