Paris hosts Earth, Wind & Fire

Jun 4, 2001 1:37 AM

It was an extraordinary ’70s chart run that produced classics such as “Shining Star,” “Fantasy,” “September,” “Reasons” and “That’s the Way of the World” for an extraordinary pop group, Earth, Wind & Fire.

The music of Earth, Wind & Fire has an engaging yet otherworldly sense about it that makes it seem unlike any musical group that had come before it. Now EWF is set to unleash its funky sounds at the Paris Theater des Arts, Thursday through Sunday at 9:00 p.m. nightly. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at the Paris Box Office.

Earth Wind & Fire is known for its fusion of American pop and African rhythms, and the melding of rock, jazz, funk and Latin-tinged R&B that brings the group a truly integrated following - a level of crossover appeal that is rare in pop music.

“What we did was bridge a gap between rock and soul like few had ever done before,” said singer Philip Bailey. “It really was a fusion of all the elements. Songs like “After the Love Is Gone” and “Sing-a-song,” are just a legacy that we’ve created.”

Testifying to their enduring popularity are 50 gold and platinum albums and six Grammy Awards.