By Mary Willson
The iconic duo Cheech and Chong took the big screen in 1972 $100 million sellout movie, Up In Smoke. With their nine hit comedy albums and eight feature films throughout the last 40 years, they are ready to make a national appearance again with their wildly popular following, and eccentric fan base following is ready too.
Some of their best-known comedy routines and songs include “Earache My Eye”, “Basketball Jones”, “Santa Claus and His Old Lady” and “Sister Mary Elephant”. Perhaps their most famous line is ”Dave’s not here”, from their self-titled debut album.
According to Tommy Chong, this year’s tour will celebrate history making of a different kind. “The ‘Up in Smoke’ gig with WAR and Tower of Power will be a celebration of the legalization of our right to party all night long” he says.
They are taking the stage in a dozen cities, including a stop at The Thunder Mountain Amphitheatre, right off of I-25, next to the Harley Davidson store and Hooters.
Throughout the 1970’s, Cheech and Chong earned a massive following until the duo had run its lengthy and prosperous 30 year course, and they both went their separate ways with solo careers.
Their solo careers both featured time in the entertainment world, continuing their personalities as comical reliefs in the marijuana legalization world.
“Earlier this year, the highly anticipated, award- winning documentary ‘A/K/A Tommy Chong’ was released worldwide.” The documentary features a wild journey that Chong endeavored after a fully armed SWAT team raided his home in February 2003. He was sentenced to nine months in prison for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute drug paraphernalia.
Though their personal comical performance careers have had success apart, the historic act will reunite again.
Cheech and Chong will again share a stage for their first tour in two and a half decades, with comedian Shelby Chong opening the show. “The Cheech and Chong: Light Up American and Canada” tour has shown to be the most comedy tours of the year, already selling out multiple shows across the nation.
The Northern Colorado show is on June 21st, and tickets are $33, make sure to snag tickets to this event early, for this possible last opportunity to hear these celebrated comedians perform in Northern Colorado. Tickets can be found at tmaconcerts.com.