Between the dawn of time and the seemingly everlasting darkness of Reaganized down-tricklings, humankind rode its golden Sears Spyder bicycle through soft parklands and along streets without sidewalks onward into the bustling bike-lanes of Campustown, to Record Service, to buy the latest Cheech & Chong 33 1/3 rpm long-playing vinyl record for $3.67 (plus 4 percent state tax), then rode back — which ain't safe or easy, lugging a big ol' record, and all — to its archetypal red-brick ranch-style house. There, humankind raised the heavy wooden lid of the $65 hi-fi console stereo, spindled the vinyl disk onto the platter, rotated the tone-arm, placed the needle gingerly just inside the record's outer edge and plopped down cross-legged on the floor to receive what has now become classic bliss: Basketball Jones; Blind Melon Chitlin'; Sargent Stadanko; Cheborneck; the Continuing Adventures of Pedro de Pacas and Man; Sister Mary Elephant; and, of course, Dave. And now, all these years later, an exclusive subsidiary of humankind — those who can afford to plunk down at least $52 per fucking ticket — can bear witness to a reunited Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong performing material new and old for stoned and unstoned children of all ages. Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Citywa

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