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Legendary Bands Earth, Wind, & Fire and Chicago Announce 2016 Tour!

4Two of the most successful and critically-acclaimed bands Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago announced the Heart and Soul Tour 2.0 – 15 additional U.S. dates following their hit summer Heart And Soul Tour – due to popular demand. Promoted by Live Nation, fans across the country will be able to see the Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling groups live beginning March 23, 2016 in Jacksonville, FL. The tour will continue through cities such as Milwaukee, Columbus and Tampa before concluding on April 18 at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden.

American Express and Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets in select cities beginning Monday, Nov. 16 at 12:00 p.m. local time. General tickets for select cities will be available beginning Friday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. local time. For complete pre-sale details and ticket information, please visit www.livenation.com.

“There’s a saying that goes, ‘if it’s not broken there is no need to change it,” Indeed,” says Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire. “The powerful magic of Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire works for both bands and fans alike. Here we go again!”

“I’m excited to be starting another leg of the Heart and Soul tour,” says Lee Loughnane of Chicago. “Both bands are playing great and when we play together, the show rises to another level. Come see the concert. You won’t be disappointed.”

The tour’s initial run kicked off on July 15 in Concord, CA and concluded on September 6 in Atlantic City, NJ. Fans in more than 25 cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Boston came out to wildly energetic, enthralling and critically-acclaimed shows.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution hailed the show as “a combination of brilliantly constructed songs that infest your soul and dazzling showmanship that gets the job done” while the St. Louis Post-Dispatch raved about the show’s finale, featuring both bands on stage, as a “winning combination and a fitting capper to an evening of music that was at once warmly nostalgic and stirringly vital.” Likewise, the Arizona Republic described the “joy they invested in bringing the show to a climax with all 21 musicians joining forces while treating the fans to such crowd-pleasing triumphs… was as contagious as the songs themselves.”

With more than 200 million albums sold and 20 GRAMMY® nominations between them, the tour will continue to provide unparalleled entertainment from two of America’s most legendary musical groups. Billboard hails that Chicago is one of “the most successful American rock band[s] of all time, in terms of both albums and singles” and “been able to fill arenas with satisfied fans” with music that has endured throughout time while Rolling Stone has described Earth, Wind & Fire as “a funk-fusion powerhouse that changed the sound and history of popular music.” In October 2015, Chicago received their first nomination to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since becoming eligible in 1994; Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Hall in 2000.

 

Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire – Heart and Soul Tour 2.0
All dates, venues and cities below subject to change.

*American Express pre-sale beginning November 16 @ 12 p.m. local
**Citi® pre-sale beginning November 16 @ 12 p.m. local
***American Express pre-sale beginning November 23 @ 12 p.m. local

March 23 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena – on sale November 20 @ noon
March 25 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre – on sale November 20 @ noon
March 26 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – on sale November 20 @ noon
March 29 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center – on sale November 21 @ 10 a.m.
March 31 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center – on sale November 20 @ 10 a.m.
April 1 – Chicago, IL @ United Center – on sale November 30 @ 10 a.m.
April 2 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center – on sale November 20 @ 10 a.m.
April 5 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena – on sale November 20 @ 10 a.m.
April 6 – Hershey, PA @ GIANT Center – on sale November 20 @ noon
April 9 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena – on sale November 20 @ 10 a.m.
April 10 – Allentown, PA @ PPL Center – on sale November 20 @ noon
April 12 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena – on sale November 21 @ 10 a.m.
April 15 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena – on sale November 20 @ 10 a.m.
April 16 – Moline, IL @ iWireless Center – on sale November 21 @ 10 a.m.
April 18 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden – on sale November 21 @ 10 a.m.


 

About Earth, Wind & Fire:

Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the most innovative and influential contemporary music forces of the 20th century. With a signature sound beyond category and a groove as deep as the soul of the planet the band has impacted the history of music and pop culture for over four decades. EWF has sold over 90 million recordings earning them a solid spot as one of the all-time bestselling music artists. Rolling Stone and VH1 ranked Earth, Wind & Fire on their lists of the Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll. Originating from Chicago in 1969, EWF’s career achievements include an induction into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000), a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1995), eight Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards. Earth, Wind & Fire’s music has influenced, been covered or sampled by top artists including, Prince, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Jay Z, Usher, Bruno Mars, P. Diddy, wil .i.am and more. Founded by music genius Maurice White; EWF’s co-founders Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson continues to tour and perform to sold-out audiences around the world.

About Chicago:

Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era” by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, came in at #13, the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s list of Top 100 artists of all time. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades. Chicago’s album, Chicago Transit Authority, was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2014. Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 36 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards. Chicago have toured every year since the beginning – they’ve never missed a year. The band is now in their 48th consecutive year of touring, and continue to be true ambassadors for their beloved hometown, carrying the city’s name with pride and dignity around the world. In 2015, Chicago received their first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.

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