Two of the driving forces in classic rock are teaming up for a new co-headlining run this summer. Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire launch their latest trek on June 5 at Amphitheater at the Wharf in Orange Beach, AL, and continue on through an August 1 concert at Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena in Stateline, NV.

The outing will hit 30 cities from coast to coast across the nation, including a June 12-13 run at the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ. Other stops include a June 17 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, a July 1 performance at Target Center in Minneapolis, MN, and a July 28 show at Nokia Theatre at LA Live in Los Angeles, CA.

Produced by AEG Live, the 2009 summer tour will feature opening and closing sets with both bands together, as well as separate sets from Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire. It is the first co-headlining affair for the two groups since they staged their acclaimed 2004-2005 trek.

“The Chicago-Earth, Wind & Fire shows are magic and bring out the best in all of us – from the musicians onstage to the fans dancing in the aisles,” said Earth, Wind & Fire founding member Philip Bailey in a statement. “We can’t wait to get out there with our friends again.”

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Chicago keyboardist Robert Lamm added, “Earth, Wind & Fire are phenomenal. When we first decided to tour together, we knew it would be good, but I don’t think we could have guessed that the Earth, Wind & Fire-Chicago shows would be some of our all-time favorites to play.”

Chicago / Earth, Wind & Fire itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

June 5 Orange Beach, AL Amphitheater at the Wharf
June 6 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater At Encore Park
June 9 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
June 10 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 12 -13 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center
June 14 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
June 16 Boston, MA Agganis Arena at Boston University
June 17 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
June 19 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand Theater
June 20 Verona, NY Turning Stone Resort & Casino
June 21 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
June 23 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
June 24 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 26 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
June 28 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
June 30 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
July 1 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
July 10 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 11 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre at Grand Prarie
July 13 Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino Amphitheater
July 14 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
July 17 Seattle, WA WaMu Theater
July 18 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena
July 21 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion At San Jose
July 22 Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena
July 24 Glendale, AZ Arena
July 25 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
July 28 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre at LA Live
July 31 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
August 1 Stateline, NV Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
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