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Earth, Wind and Fire's Verdine White talks about Maurice White, Grammy tributes, touring with Chicago and more

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Verdine White said the Earth, Wind and Fire family is “hanging tough” since the February death of his brother and band co-founder Maurice White.

Barack Obama reached out,” he said. “Lenny Kravitz reached out. Pharrell. It wasn’t that it was a surprise; it just a lot of great support from everybody.”

Why wouldn't people reach out? Earth, Wind and Fire's influence on pop music has been immense, with hits including Shining Star, September and Let's Groove. In February, just a few days after Maurice's death, Verdine, Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson were at the Grammys for a tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire by Stevie Wonder and Pentatonix.

"These things happen so fast, and the Grammys put it together," Verdine said. "It was great to see Stevie and Pentatonix. But the night before, we'd performed at the Clive Davis party, which was incredible, which we were going to perform at anyway. We brought the house down in front of all these great, great greats."

They'll try to do so again when their co-headlining tour with Chicago hits Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater on Saturday. Click here for details.

For more with Verdine White, along with an interview with Chicago's Robert Lamm, click here.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2016 5:07pm]


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