High times at YSU

Cheech and Chong might be comedy legends, but they were also one of those rare acts who achieved rock star status as well. On February 10, 1973 at the Beeghly Center, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong came to town riding high off their 1972 album, The Big Bambu. In an era where it wasn’t exactly common place for comedy artists to fill big arena-type places, Cheech and Chong were doing quite well for having just started in 1971. In addition to selling tickets, they were also selling albums too. The Big Bambu went to No. 2 on the Billboard album charts and the follow up Los Cochinos, released later in 1973, did as well. Los Cochinos won the duo their only Grammy in 1974.

HOW DID THEY LOOK BACK THEN: Cheech and Chong would not become movie stars for another five years. They did, however, have some kind words for Dick Clark during an appearance on American Bandstand in 1973.

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