Recently, Verdine White got pulled over in Los Angeles, where the Earth, Wind & Fire bassist resides. He wasn't speeding, so he questioned the cause.
“For what? What did I do?” was White’s reaction, he recalled last month on the phone from his home. “I thought he was going to give me a ticket.” The officer, however, simply wanted to relay a message.
“He just offered his condolences,” said White, whose older brother, Maurice — Earth, Wind & Fire’s influential founder and bandleader — died on Feb. 3. “I anticipate people feeling the same way throughout our touring season this year. And they’re right in feeling that way, too.”
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