Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Notes from Cheech and Chong Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson Part Deux

 If you get your brain to filter out Leslie Jones' shouting, you can hear some good Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Mike Tyson stories.

Cheech and Chong will no longer tour.

Cheech and Chong already made $4 million in two months from their weed chews.

Cheech and Chong once opened for The Allman Brothers, The Four Tops, The Isley Brothers.

James Brown visited Tyson in prison.

Cheech and Chong met James Brown on a plane.

Cheech and Chong played basketball with Marvin Gaye.

Diana Ross discovered Chong's band, Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers, after seeing them with her boyfriend, Berry Gordy, at a club in Vancouver.

Chong met Muhammad Ali at Bobby Taylor's place.  Chong was friends with a stripper that Ali had been with.  Chong and Ali were on the elevator to Taylor's place, having never met each other.  Chong says to Ali "Lady Scarlett says hi." Muhammad Ali wondered how this guy (Chong) knew her.

Bobby Taylor and Tommy Chong discovered the Jackson 5.  Years later, Cheech saw Michael Jackson in Lou Adler's bar above the Roxy.  Michael confirmed that Bobby and Tommy discovered them and that Bobby let the Jackson 5 stay with him.

Chong was in a band named The Shades.  They converted a Vancouver theater into a dance hall (Blues Palace).  They hired the Ike and Tina Turner review for $700.  Ike wanted to hook up with women so he told women that Tina was his sister.

Elvis would send Cheech and Chong a signed Christmas card every year.

Bombed at the Bitter End in NYC after partying all day/doing blow with John Belushi.

Note from this site: Interesting to see Tommy Chong and Cheech getting along.  During the initial leg of their reunion tour, they took separate planes, stayed in separate hotels, didn't speak with each other during the meet-and-greets.

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