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High Times with Cheech & Chong and War at Vina Robles Amphitheatre


High Times with Cheech & Chong and War at Vina Robles Amphitheatre

The second Summer season of concerts kicked off in fine fashion at at the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, California on Friday night (May 30) with Cheech and Chong and War making a stop on their 2014 tour. The in-concert combo immediately strikes as an obvious fit, and that it was, as War not only played a set of their greatest songs, but backed up Cheech and Chong on their material that required musical accompaniment.

Shelby Chong, Tommy's still stunning wife of 39 years and a comedian, actress and producer in her own right, opened the show with a funny short set, before bringing out Tommy & Cheech for a hilarious question-and-answer session that covered everything from the early days, the era of their popular movies, each of their roles on the shows Nash Bridges and That ’70s Show, their breakup in the mid ’80s, Chong’s nine-month jail term in the early 2000s, and then their reunion in 2002.

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WAR backed up on the classic Cheech & Chong musical comedy numbers including 1973's “Basketball Jones,” and “Me and My Old Lady,” from the Cheech and Chong movie "Things Are Tough All Over." WAR moved into the night rocking their own set with original member Lonnie Jordan leading the band that has seemingly gotten better over time, much as the vino at this picturesque winery. "Me and Baby Brother," "Summertime," "Cisco Kid," all were entertaining, with Jordan even jumping off the stage and getting some audience involvement on vocals during "Cisco Kid."

Cheech Marin

After a brief intermission, Cheech and Chong returned to the stage for more classic comedy sketches including updated renditions of "Dave’s Not Here" and the "Stoned in the Car" scene from their 1978 film “Up in Smoke.” The pot jokes and references were in abundance, as was apparently the herb itself as the aroma from the crowd and exhaled clouds of smoke in the Amphitheatre increased as well.

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SAM_1319 (2)WAR continued with two more classics "Spill The Wine," and "Low Rider," and with the audience already on their feet, out came blues legend Blind Melon Chitlin (Chong) to jam with the band on "Get It Legal."

Tommy Chong

Cheech Marin's Alice Bowie followed that up in the pink tutu for "Earache My Eye," complete with piped in comedic crowd noise and Tommy bringing out a walker for Alice Bowie to make his way off stage with upon performance completion. Chong then put the spotlight on harmonica player Stanley Behrens, who delivered a fantastic instrumental version of "The Star Spangled Banner."

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Cheech also had WAR's backing on "Mexican American" and "Born In East L.A.," as Chong and his wife danced to the beat. The band kept the feel-good vibes coming with a rendition of "Sunshine," and the show ended on a high note as WAR performed "Why Can't We Be Friends" with everyone on stage, each singing a chorus and putting a great evening of music and comedy to rest. There has been talks of a new Cheech and Chong movie in the works for awhile now, but regardless if that happens or not, the duo have obviously firmly imbedded themselves into our popular culture, and we are all the better for it. It was truly great to see these comedy legends still doing their thing and let's hope with legalization seemingly around the corner in most areas of the U.S., Cheech and Chong will be there "Up In Smoke" for as long as they can be.

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Thanks to Yvette Shearer/Cheech & Chong and Jessica Puchli/Nederlander
For more info on future shows at Vina Robles Amphitheatre visit their website:

Cheech and Chong War tour 2014

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Listen to entire Alice Cooper Whisky A Go-Go show

by on Sep.20, 2011, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Listen to entire Alice Cooper Whisky A Go-Go show

Alice Cooper played a special show at The Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood to commemorative the release of his new album "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" and return to a venue he hadn't played for over 40 years. KLOS-FM Los Angeles Program Director Bob Buchmann kicked things off by introducing onto the stage the notorious KLOS DJ Jim Ladd, who then presented the grand prize winner of the station's guitar giveaway. Rob Zombie then appeared, spoke a few words of praise about his friend and idol, and then introduced Cooper to the enthusiastic audience. Listen to the full concert below:

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The 63-year-old rocker then took the stage and, in addition to selections from his new album, played many of his most famous hits (the highlight being a great version of "I'm Eighteen", of which Alice noted would soon have to be re-named "I"m Eighty"). Cooper also chose to play a variety of what appears to be some of his own favorite songs, including a surprisingly brilliant few lines of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall Part 2", tucking its non-conformist message neatly inside of Cooper's own anti-scholastic anthem "School's Out". And for two flawless cover tunes from The Doors, Robby Krieger himself strapped on his guitar to join the band on stage to play "Break On Through" and "Back Door Man" - with Alice singing the old Morrison lyrics as if they were seriously written for him to sing. Also joining the antics, oddly, was Electropop rapper Kesha, who appears to have taken a few cues from the veteran performer. Oh, and in case there just wasn't enough shock with your rock, at one point, Cooper's old friend - a rather frightening 8-foot-plus python - made an appearance that was, well, nothing short of skin-crawling (although I found out later this wasn't Cooper's actual python; she was a rental as Alice's snake is, for whatever reason, in Australia at this time). And his band, which includes the talented guitarist Orianthi (who was about to tour with Michael Jackson before he passed away), guitarist Steve Hunter, guitarist Tommy Henriksen, bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Glen Sobel, really drove out a set that won't soon be forgotten.

And if the show on stage wasn't enough, the party in the VIP lounge upstairs was a show in itself. In addition to the aforementioned Zombie, in attendance were Kiss's Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, and Eric Singer, the legendary comedian Cheech Marin, and world-class guitarist and political activist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine. And although I was sad none of these guys picked up their instruments to join Cooper on stage, it was endearing to see them all so enthralled by Alice's performance (yeah, it was priceless watching Tom Morello pump his fist as he sang every word to every single song!). And Cooper's own daughter Calico, who normally joins her father on stage as part of his touring rock theater, also watched the show from the balcony, grinning happily in support of her dear old dad.

All in all, there is no doubt this was truly a night to remember. Let's just hope it doesn't take another 42 years to get Alice Cooper to come back to the Whisky again.


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