Iconic ’70s comedy duo Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong announced their first tour in more than 25 years today.
The pair, who only recently started speaking again, will kick off the Light Up America tour September 12 at Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre and ,so far, are scheduled to crisscross the country through late December.
Stops include Murat Theatre in Indianapolis (September 19), Tabernacle in Atlanta (September 26), Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis (October 25), Majestic Theatre in Dallas (November 1), Rosemont Theatre near Chicago (November 8), Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, Calif. (November 21), Paramount Theatre in Seattle (November 29), Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles (December 6), Orpheum Theatre in Boston (December 12) and Paramount Theatre in Denver (December 20).
Additional dates and information of presale tickets will be announced in the coming weeks at CheechAndChongTour.com.
General ticket sales begin August 8 at LiveNation.com.
Cheech Marin told AP Radio once their famous feud ended, he and Chong "looked at each other going, ‘If we’re ever going to do something it has to be now because you’re not getting any younger and neither am I.’"
After tossing around a few ideas, they decided a comedy tour would be "the most fun" and "the least hassle."
Even though previous efforts at reuniting always ended with fights, which Marin said "take about three minutes to happen. There’s this veiled hatred," this time was different.
"We’ve gotten to the age where we don’t feel like fighting anymore because the end is a lot closer than the beginning," he said.
As for how stoner humor will play in the 21st century, Marin said he thinks it’s more accessible than ever.
"I think it’s time for a revival of dope jokes. It’s a much bigger audience now, it’s much more widespread and institutionalized."
Between 1972 and 1985, Marin and Chong released nine comedy albums, were nominated for four Grammy Awards and won one. They also starred in eight feature films, most often portraying a comical pair of stoners stumbling through life.