- One G-Pass ticket to the Up in Smoke Tour with Cheech & Chong featuring WAR
- When: Friday, June 12, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Saenger Theatre
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- $37 for the upstairs balcony (up to $62 value)
- $43 for the rear orchestra (up to $72.25 value)
- $53 for the front orchestra (up to $88.85 value)
- Click to view the seating chart
Cheech and Chong
- The year Cheech and Chong started their act: 1971
- The number of hit movies they’ve made since: 8
- Number of hit albums: 9
- Movie that launched them to fame: Up in Smoke
- Grammy-winning album whose title would not amuse Up in Smoke’s Sergeant Stadanko: Los Cochinos
- Most subversive title for a greatest hits album: Cheech and Chong’s Greatest Hit
- Bits from Up in Smoke you might see live: the “Maui Waui by way of Labrador” scene, the pink tutu rendition of “Earache My Eye”
- Cartoons containing Cheech’s voice: The Lion King, Cars
- Cartoon containing Chong’s voice: FernGully: The Last Rainforest
- Cartoon that hopefully hasn’t made it onto any kid’s Saturday-morning schedule: Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie
- Latest single: “Medical Marijuana Blues”
- WAR’s strongest weapons: instruments and voices
- Ammo: funky, peace-loving songs
- Original founder: Eric Burdon of The Animals fame
- WAR songs that typically play during television shows, movies, or tender moments of real-life reconciliation: “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Spill the Wine”
- WAR song that kick-starts Up in Smoke: “Low Rider”
- Songs that WAR and Cheech and Chong might play together: “Mexican Americans,” “Born in East LA,” and definitely “Earache My Eye”
When it first opened in 1927, the Saenger Theatre looked like a million bucks. Specifically, $2.5 million. It was a lavish investment at a time when $2.5 million wasn't chump change. Yet audiences could see where the money went, and sit in it too. The ads, which boasted "an acre of seats in a garden of Florentine splendor," didn't exaggerate—theatergoers were greeted by a stunning indoor replication of 15th century Italy, replete with a courtyard, gardens, and a cordial Donatello. Statues of Venus occupied pedestals, while a domed, twinkling ceiling gave joy to agoraphobic stargazers.
The venue suffered the same fate as much of its city in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina left its artificial Rome in ruins. But the public was unwilling to lose the storied space, and a 2013 restoration recently returned the Saenger to its former glory. Now looking like $52 million bucks, the Saenger sports the colors and finishes of the 1927 original, yet has been upgraded with some of the most technically advanced sound and lighting systems in the South.