The greening of America

Cheech & Chong roll another number for the road

With a pot-dealing suburban widow earning Emmy nominations and Harold & Kumar mining boxoffice Acapulco gold, Pedro and the Man are back to score a few red-eyed laughs of their own.

Alice Bowie blared on the P.A. as Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong took the stage together Wednesday for the first time in a quarter- century to announce a reunion stand-up tour. The duo held a brief news conference at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, the place they were discovered in 1970 by producer Lou Adler.

Why did it take so long for the old buds to party together again? "We were fighting," Chong said. Marin added, "We ran out of shit to fight about."

The Cheech & Chong: Light Up America tour, presented by Live Nation, will hit two dozen U.S. cities starting Sept. 12 in Philadelphia and wrapping Dec. 20 in Denver. Marin noted that tickets go on sale "on 8/8/08 — at 4:20 p.m."

Marin, 62, and Chong, 70, offered a few rejected names for the jaunt, including Hey, What's That Smell and Catch 'Em Before They Croak.

"We have such a legacy and such a history," Chong said. "We just looked at each other and said, 'We better do this (tour) now.' "

The shows will feature new material along with bits from their classic '70s albums — three of which made the top 10. Chong said the tour will spawn a film because "everything you do nowadays turns into a movie." Marin added, "We're gonna call it 'Batman 4.' "

Asked whether the green, leafy substance sprouting from four large pots onstage was authentic, Marin said, "The last time we used real pot in a movie, it got stolen by the Teamsters." (partialdiff)
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