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Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke Tour returns to the Pacific Northwest!

Live Reviews Saturday, 01 November 2014 14:28
Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke Tour returns to the Pacific Northwest!

Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino
November 08, 2014 AT 8:00 PM

There’s a musical battle brewing in the tour that’s featuring Cheech & Chong ever since they paired with the band bearing the name of War. In their return to the Pacific Northwest at the Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino, there’s no mention of the band and for ol’ time fans wanting to see more of the comedy duo, they just may get it. In their Canadian leg of the tour, the show was billed as Cheech & Chong with musical guest War. Perhaps the confusion has gotten their marketing department’s attention and there’s some adjustments to the advertising going on.

Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino
November 08, 2014 AT 8:00 PM

There’s a musical battle brewing in the tour that’s featuring Cheech & Chong ever since they paired with the band bearing the name of War. In their return to the Pacific Northwest at the Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino, there’s no mention of the band and for ol’ time fans wanting to see more of the comedy duo, they just may get it. In their Canadian leg of the tour, the show was billed as Cheech & Chong with musical guest War. Perhaps the confusion has gotten their marketing department’s attention and there’s some adjustments to the advertising going on.

The likelihood any changes are going to be made to this act are slim, and for stoners and potheads in attendance who arrived fully high for a night of nostalgia, not everyone is really going care. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are in fine form with stand-up routines they made famous. From "Dave” to their Christmas tribute "Santa Claus and His Old Lady,” these two are just as cantankerous on stage as ever. 

That can make some people who are not high wonder why they were not in full control of the night. A bit of bio emceed by Chong’s wife, Shelby, was offered to bring people up to speed in what happened over the last thirty years, but that felt unneeded. The time they spent on stage was short, lasting for about half an hour, and after the laughs died down, the music of War took control throughout the night. Led by original founding band member, Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan, this multi-talented crew of musicians rocked the house down with an impressive set list that featured their best hits like “Low Rider” and “Why Can’t We be Friends.”

The fun really did not begin until Chong’s Blind Melon Chitlin’ persona came on stage so the everyone could jam along to some classic Delta Blues inspired moments. Stanley Behrens (harmonica), David Urquidi (saxophone) Stuart Ziff (guitar), Franciso Tomaselli (bass), Marcos Reyes (percussion), and Sal Rodriguez (drums) were particularly notable this night. To hear the sweet sounds from Rodriguez sing “Summer” is certainly the highlight to the night’s show for those wanting some easy listening mixed in. But for people who love it loud, Cheech & Chong showed that they were definitely in fine form with “Born in East L.A.”

But the night couldn’t be made complete without some tribute to the proto-punk movement. Cheech made the night a rowdy affair when he popped on stage in his Alice Bowie outfit – a pink tutu and mouse ears ensemble – to play a very grunge hit "Earache My Eye." Although he was lip-syncing, this moment brought the house down.

Although WAR won the night, Cheech and Chong still reigned supreme with a great trip through memory lane. This show's act continues as limited engagements whenever the team wakes from their stupor. For new dates as they are announced, please visit ticketmaster.com or the official website..

Written by  Ed Sum

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