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Return To Forever Reunites For Tour

Jazz fusion giants Return To Forever, from left: guitarist Al DiMeola, bassist Stanley Clarke, keyboardist Chick Corea, and drummer Lenny White.
Lynn Goldsmith
Jazz fusion fans rejoice: Chick Corea is putting the band back together.

After 30 years apart, the legendary Return To Forever will reunite for a summer tour of North America and Europe.

Corea, the band's founder and keyboardist, will be joined by the classic line-up of guitarist Al Di Meola, drummer Lenny White, and bassist Stanley Clarke for the tour, which kicks off on May 29 in Dallas and wraps in New York on Aug. 7.

"What made me want to do it," Corea told the Los Angeles Times, "was just recalling how great the feeling was playing with these guys. Just the experience of playing, when I thought 'Wow, yeah, that was an amazing period - fun, creative, exciting.'"

Return To Forever was a major force in the jazz fusion movement of the 1970s with their electrifying blend of jazz and rock.

What made the band especially notable was the virtuosity of each musician on their respective instruments, from Di Meola's blazing guitar riffs to Clarke's innovative bass technique.

All the members of the group went on to successful solo careers after RTF disbanded in 1977. They reunited for a brief series of concerts in 1983.

The tour will cover more than 50 dates, primarily featuring music from their classic albums. An anthology set, produced by Corea and Clarke, will be released to coincide with the tour. The double-CD set features tracks compiled from "Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy," "Where Have I Known You Before," "No Mystery" and "Romantic Warrior."

Corea told Billboard that the band hasn't ruled out doing an album of new material and they are planning to do a live DVD of the tour.

Return To Forever Reunion Tour Dates

(Subject to change - Check local venues for ticket on-sale dates.)

May

29-30 (Thu-Fri) Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre
31 (Sat) Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Center

June

1 (Sun) Dallas, TX - Nokia Theater at Grand Prairie
3 (Tue) Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
4 (Wed) Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall
6 (Fri) Portland, OR - Schnitzer Concert Hall
7 (Sat) Medford, OR - Britt Music Festival
8 (Sun) Seattle, WA - The Paramount
9 (Mon) Vancouver, BC - The Centre in Vancouver For Performing Arts
11-12 (Wed-Thu) San Francisco, CA - The Grand At The Regency Center (2 shows/night)
13 (Fri) Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
14 (Sat) Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
17 (Tue) St Louis, MO - Fox Theatre
18 (Wed) Omaha, NE - Holland Performing Arts Center
19 (Thu) Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
20 (Fri) Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theatre
21 (Sat) Detroit, MI - Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
22 (Sun) Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
24 (Tue) Cleveland, OH - The Plain Dealer Pavilion
25 (Wed) Toronto, Canada - Sony Centre
26 (Thu) Ottawa, Canada - Ottawa Jazz Festival/Confederation Park
27 (Fri) Montreal, Canada - Pelletier Hall/Place Des Arts
28 (Sat) Saratoga Springs, NY - Freihofer's Jazz Festival

July

2 (Wed) Vilnius, Lithuania - Utenos Arena
4 (Fri) Warsaw, Poland - Congress Hall
5 (Sat) Budapest, Hungary - Budapest Arena
6 (Sun) Belgrade, Serbia - Belgrade Arena
8 (Tue) Paris, France - Olympia Hall
9 (Wed) Vienne, France - Vienne Jazz Festival 10 (Thu) Madrid, Spain - Via Jazz Festival
11 (Fri) Girona, Spain - Cap Roig Festival
12 (Sat) Lorca, Spain
13 (Sun) Valencia, Spain
16 (Wed) Neuhardenberg, Germany
18 (Fri) Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival
19 (Sat) Essen, Germany - Grugahalle
21 (Mon) London, England - Indigo2
23 (Wed) Nice, France - Nice Jazz Festival
25 (Fri) San Sebastian, Spain
30 (Wed) Miami, FL - The Fillmore Miami Beach
31 (Thu) Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall

August

1 (Fri) Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
2 (Sat) Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
4 (Mon) Baltimore, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
5 (Tue) Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center For The Performing Arts - w/ Béla Fleck and The Flecktones
6 (Wed) Boston, MA - Bank Of America Pavilion - w/ Béla Fleck and The Flecktones
7 (Thu) New York, NY - United Palace

Check the Return To Forever Web site for additional tour information.

By Judy Rosen