Now, Then & Forever, the first new studio album in eight years from international superstars Earth, Wind & Fire, has entered the Billboard 200 at #11 and #5 on the top R&B album charts marking the group's highest-charting album, since Raise! hit #5 on the Billboard 200 in 1981. It’s the first Earth, Wind & Fire album of new studio material since 2005, Now, Then & Forever is also the group's first full-on new studio album for Legacy Recordings. "This album is really about the legacy of Earth, Wind & Fire. The spirit of the band has always been about uplifting the consciousness of humanity. There's a hope that this Earth, Wind & Fire music will go on forever," said co-founder Philip Bailey before the album's release on September 10.
In response to their #11 debut Philip Bailey says, "I'm ecstatic! Onward and upward." Longtime member and percussionist Ralph Johnson adds, "It is our best work in 20 years. Super proud of it." EWF's co-founder Verdine White reflects, "Without the support of the fans around the world, the Earth, Wind & Fire journey would not have been possible. We dedicate this album, Now, Then & Forever, to all the fans."
Now, Then & Forever - track listing : Sign On / Love Is Law / My Promise / Guiding Lights / Got To Be Love / Belo Horizonte / Dance Floor / Splashes / Night Of My Life / The Rush
Earth, Wind & Fire, the groundbreaking funk-rock-soul-jazz ensemble who've been laying down their signature grooves for more than 40 years, are currently on the road, bringing the sounds of Now, Then & Forever to concert audiences across the country this fall. The brainchild of music legend Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire is to this day one of the top touring groups of all time with founding members Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson performing to sold-out audiences around the world.
Earth, Wind & Fire US Tour dates:
September 20 / Chicago, IL / Chicago Theatre
September 21 / Chicago, IL / Chicago Theaatre
September 22 / Cincinnati, OH / Horsehoe Cincinnati
September 24 / New York, NY / Beacon Theatre
September 25 / New York, NY / Beacon Theatre
September 27 / Atlantic City, NJ / Borgata Event Center
September 28 / Atlantic City, NJ / Borgata Event Center
September 29 / Washington, DC / Warner Theatre
October 1/ Fayetteville, NC / Cumberland Country Auditorium
October 2 /Atlanta, GA / Fox Theatre
October 4 / Gretna, LA / Gretna Heritiage Festival
October 5 / Houston, TX / Bayou Music Center
October 6 / Dallas, TX / Verizon Wireless Theatre
November 1 / Knoxville, TN / Tennessee Theatre