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Cheech & Chong reunite for new tour

Stoner comedy duo Cheech & Chong are about to announce their first live comedy tour in more than 25 years.

The duo released nine comedy albums and eight films between 1972 and 1985, but split up soon afterwards.

But now Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong have agreed to get back together for their Up In Smoke tour of the US, promoted by tour giants Live Nation.

Their reunion comes amid a small revival of dope-based comedy, with Harold and Kumar enjoying box office success and Judd Apatow’s pot-fuelled road movie, Pineapple Express, expected to do similarly good business.

Cheech & Chong have also just signed an agreement with Warner Music Group to re-release two long-lost albums, Sleeping Beauty and Let's Make A New Dope Deal.

Let’s Make A New Dope Deal has been out-of-print since the mid-Eighties and has never before been released on CD; Sleeping Beauty made a brief appearance on CD in the early Nineties.

Their new tour dates will be announced at a press conference tomorrow at West Hollywood's Troubadour club, where Cheech and Chong worked in their early years.

In 2003, Chong served a nine-month jail sentence after admitting conspiracy to distribute drug paraphernalia.

Published: 29 Jul 2008

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