The Doobie Brothers didn’t give much thought to their band name in the early 1970s -- a friend suggested it because they smoked so much -- but the classic rock combo has since taken a protective stance on the moniker and have a new trademark lawsuit to prove it. On Friday, Doobie Brothers Corp. and Doobro Entertainment sued a folk-rock cover duo called the Doobie Decibel System (DDS), arguing the group’s name is "confusingly similar" to theirs.
According to the lawsuit, the band successfully trademarked the words "Doobie Brothers" and "Doobies" for musical performances in 1982. The cover band has been playing out for less than a year and is seemingly a side project for Jason Crosby and Roger McNamee, two seasoned musicians based in Northern California. Crosby (no relation to David) has played with Robert Randolph, Bob Weir, Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton, according to his website; McNamee is a member of jam band Moonalice and is the co-founder of multi-billion dollar private equity firms Silver Lake Partners and Elevation Partners, the latter of which he started with U2's Bono.
McNamee's music career was profiled by the Wall Street Journal in 2012. Here's DDS performing a Buffalo Springfield song: