The Return of Return to Forever

LEGENDARY SUPERGROUP RETURN TO FOREVER WILL REUNITE IN SUMMER 2008
Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Al Di Meola and Lenny White
Planning Extensive North American and European Tour

Return to Forever
Return to Forever, one of the most influential groups of the 1970s, has long heard calls from their many fans for a reunion tour. Now those calls have been answered, with the classic lineup of keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, guitarist Al Di Meola and drummer Lenny White planning a tour across the U.S. and Europe that will be their first performances together in more than 25 years.

The foursome is expected to play 40 to 50 dates across the U.S. and Europe, featuring the classic music from their four chart-topping albums. "It's been a long time coming," says founder Chick Corea, "and I think it's going to be a blast! We plan to take the songs from the albums we made in the '70s and just play them like they've never been played before."

"In retrospect, the '70s were a very powerful time in instrumental music," Stanley Clarke adds. "We're going to go out and play our music as honestly as we did then, and it will be a great thing for all of us."

Return to Forever helped create and define fusion, a new genre that brought multitudes of rock 'n' roll fans into the jazz world for the first time. Their influence is evident today in many musical genres, from the hip-hop samplings of Dr. Dre and Lupe Fiasco to a litany of jam bands to techno and prog bands.

A special Return to Forever anthology featuring remixed and remastered tracks from the classic albums Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy, Where Have I Known You Before, No Mystery and Romantic Warrior will be released to coincide with the tour.

Al Di Meola says, "This is something we've talked about for close to 30 years... how's that? 30 years! We've come close a few times, but finally the timing was right."

"We all felt the time was right to come back on a grand scale, raise the bar again and show people what serious music is really about," Lenny White concludes.

Hear a clip from 1975's No Mystery here.

Stay tuned for tour date announcements.

http://returntoforever.us

[Published on: 12/18/07]

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Comments

onearmguitarist starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/18/2007 09:39AM
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onearmguitarist

Return of the greatest jazz fusion band ever! I personally am stoked!

moejoerisin Tue 12/18/2007 09:39AM
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moejoerisin

fucking unreal.. what a supergroup! and what a groovy 'fro on stanley clarke in that pic.

gmoo Tue 12/18/2007 09:39AM
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gmoo

YEAAAAA BUDDY! Now here's a reunion worth talking about!!! I never thought this would happen considering the success of each individual's solo career. This is the best news of the century.

NickBoeka Tue 12/18/2007 09:44AM
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NickBoeka

hell yeah baby! tell me a little run at either one of the Yoshi's is in store....

pgeano starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/18/2007 09:55AM
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WOW!!!!

WOW!!!!

WOW!!!!

I don't know what else to say. How about:

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AZ~*Droo* starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/18/2007 10:12AM
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AZ~*Droo*

AWESOME DAY FOR NEWS HUH!!!!

mackadocious Tue 12/18/2007 10:43AM
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mackadocious

Oh thank christ!

These guys better come to the S. East. I must see AL & Chick ripping it up together.

biged Tue 12/18/2007 10:54AM
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biged

I smell a show at the ryman coming to Nashvile....i cant wait!!!!

mrcaldwell starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/18/2007 11:31AM
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Wow this is some incredible news. I've actually never heard of these guys as a band, but i know all of them individually and this sounds like its pretty much gonna be the show to see this summer... damn when is summer again??

Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/18/2007 11:37AM
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Chaloupka

Sweet!

21mmer starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/18/2007 12:33PM
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21mmer

YES YES YES YES this news just made my day. i don't care where the show is, i''ll be there.

jalew Tue 12/18/2007 01:22PM
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jalew

omg!

jalew Tue 12/18/2007 01:44PM
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jalew

"We all felt the time was right to come back on a grand scale, raise the bar again and show people what serious music is really about," Lenny White concludes.

YES!

make sure and listen to the interviews on Chick's site!

QuantumTubaMan starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/18/2007 08:11PM
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QuantumTubaMan

HOLY COW! I can't wait to see this.

VERNIXX starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/19/2007 05:53AM
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VERNIXX

This band needs to play this Summer's festival circuit...

petemora starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/19/2007 06:21AM
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They plan to tour the country in Stanley Clarke's afro. What a sick band!!

Govindaze starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/19/2007 09:31AM
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Music lovers the world over just collectivley shit themselves!

DJ Saturday Baxter Wed 12/19/2007 11:08AM
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DJ Saturday Baxter

latin funk madness! i can't wait to hear some vintage Rhodes..funky as shit!

TheGreenKynd starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/19/2007 12:34PM
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WOW !!!! Amazing news. wow wow wow wow

snappy Wed 12/19/2007 03:13PM
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snappy

Genuinely psyched about this. This is one of those bands I always lamented being too young to see once I discovered them in college. And petemora, that afro line is classic!

abzon starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/20/2007 07:49PM
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abzon

Amazing!!! Saw them in 83 the last tour and it still stands out as one of the best shows I've seen

guitardave starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/21/2007 12:18PM
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guitardave

I heard that Afro has its own backroom for fusion groupies. The always controversial, sometimes hilarious petemora. This goanna be an unreal show.

peaceofbass starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/9/2008 07:34PM
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peaceofbass

THIS JUST MADE MY SUMMER!!!!