Sadness Lingers As Earth, Wind & Fire Hit The Road

NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Earth, Wind & Fire will hit the road this summer with some classic hits, a new touring partner and lingering heartache.

The hits include “September,” ”Shining Star” and “Boogie Wonderland,” while they’ll share the stage with the band Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers. The sadness comes from the loss last year of their spiritual leader, founder Maurice White.

Says drummer Ralph Johnson, one of three original members still playing the band’s infectious hooks: “We’re still healing.”

Concertgoers can expect a teary memorial to White amid the disco grooves and horn-driven funk. The band has always honored their missing member — White stopped touring in 1995 — but this time the section has a final kiss to it.

The band comes to Texas for two shows. They will be in San Antonio on July 22 before playing at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on July 23.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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