After more than 40 years of making music with Earth, Wind & Fire, Verdine White, bass player and original band member, is still going strong and loving the opportunities his career continues to bring.
His passion comes from the faithful fans who’ve supported the band for four decades.
“We love our fans, and we respect them,” said White, in a June 6 phone interview from Washington, D.C. “The public still loves the music, and we are very pleased about that.”
Earth, Wind & Fire will perform at 7:30 p. m. Tuesday, June 18, at Bell Auditorium. Tickets are $37-$61.For tickets, visit georgialinatix.com or call 877-428-4849 (4AUGTIX).
The Now, Then and Forever Tour showcases music leading to the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 20 Grammy nominations and six Grammy awards.
Some of the band’s top songs over the years have included Let’s Groove, September and Shining Star, which, according to the band’s Web site, is one of the band’s “most beloved songs.”
Two of their songs, That’s the Way of the World and Shining Star have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Not only will fans groove to songs that made the band famous, but concertgoersmayalso get a sneak peek at the group’s newest recording Now, Then and Forever, scheduled to be released in September.
White said there’s probably a song from the new recording in the set.
The tour will take the band to various cities in the United States, Europe and Japan through the end of the year.
Now, Then and Forever has been in the works for about two years. The album is the band’s 21st studio recording – bringing the total to 40 albums overall – and White said he’s pleased with the results.
“It’s a good recording,” he said.
Over the years, the band has developed its own signature style, and the newest recording should not disappoint longtime fans.
“The key is to stay true to yourself. Our fans love our music, and we give them what they love,” White said. “We can’t wait to see their reaction.”