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Return To Forever Reunite For 50-Date Tour

Legendary jazz/rock fusion group Return to Forever will begin its approximately 50-date North American and European reunion tour May 29 with a two-night stand at Austin, Texas' Paramount Theatre.

Legendary jazz/rock fusion group Return to Forever will begin its approximately 50-date North American and European reunion tour May 29 with a two-night stand at Austin, Texas’ Paramount Theatre.

The quartet, which hasn’t performed together in 25 years, will play North America throughout June before heading to Europe for a month’s worth of gigs
in July. The classic lineup of keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, guitarist Al Di Meola and drummer Lenny White returns stateside in late July for an East Coast run that concludes Aug. 7 at New York’s United Palace.

Following a handful of rehearsals at Los Angeles’ Mad Hatter Studios in early February, Corea told Billboard, “It was thrilling getting together with the guys again.” After 25 years, “everybody’s approach and sound was so much richer.”

Return to Forever last reunited for a brief tour in 1983. Since then, each band member has kept busy with solo projects. Although the jazz musicians would exchange phone calls with the idea of another reunion, “it never quite landed,” Corea recalls.

But after years of “positive pressure coming from friends and fans,” the jazz outfit finally nailed down a reunion date, Corea says. And the response has been overwhelmingly positive. “Half of the fan mail I get now is from people who write into the Web site, asking, ‘When is Return to Forever coming here?’ I’m anxious to see what happens,” he notes.

A setlist for the trek is still being finalized, but Corea says the supergroup will likely perform such classic cuts as “Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy,” “The Romantic Warrior,” “No Mystery,” “Song to the Pharaoh Kings,”
“After the Cosmic Rain” and “Sorceress,” among others.

Ticket on-sale dates and pricing info will be available via Return to Forever’s Web site (www.return2forever.com)

In support of the upcoming tour, Return to Forever will also release an anthology of remixed and remastered songs from such classic albums as “Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy,” “Where Have I Known You Before,” “No Mystery” and “Romantic Warrior.” Additional details about the anthology have not been

Even better: The musicians haven’t ruled out recording new material as a group. “We all definitely want to,” Corea says, noting that fans should expect a live DVD of the tour.

Here are Return to Forever’s tour dates:

May 29-30: Austin, Texas (Paramount Theatre)
May 31: Houston (Verizon Wireless Center)
June 3: Denver (Paramount Theatre)
June 4: Salt Lake City (Kingsbury Hall)
June 6: Portland, Ore. (Schnitzer Concert Hall)
June 7: Medford, Ore. (Britt Music Festival)
June 8: Seattle (The Paramount)
June 9: Vancouver (the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts)
June 11-12: San Francisco (The Grand At the Regency Center)
June 13: Los Angeles (Gibson Amphitheatre)
June 14: Phoenix (Dodge Theatre)
June 17: St. Louis (Fox Theatre)
June 18: Omaha, Neb. (Holland Performing Arts Center)
June 19: Minneapolis (Orpheum Theatre)
June 20: Chicago (Chicago Theatre)
June 21: Detroit (Freedom Hill Amphitheatre)
June 22: Indianapolis (Murat Theatre)
June 24: Cleveland (The Plain Dealer Pavilion)
June 25: Toronto (Sony Centre)
June 26: Ottawa, Canada (Ottawa Jazz Festival)
June 27: Montreal (Pelletier Hall/Place Des Arts)
June 28: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Freihofer’s Jazz Festival)
July 2: Vilnius, Lithuania (Utenos Arena)
July 4: Warsaw, Poland (Congress Hall)
July 5: Budapest, Hungary (Budapest Arena)
July 6: Belgrade, Serbia (Belgrade Arena)
July 8: Paris (Olympia Hall)
July 10: Madrid, Spain (Via Jazz Festival)
July 11: Girona, Spain (Cap Roig Festival)
July 12: Lorca, Spain (TBA)
July 13: Valencia, Spain (TBA)
July 16: Neuhardenberg, Germany (TBA)
July 18: Montreux, Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival)
July 19: Essen, Germany (Grugahalle)
July 21: London (Indig02)
July 23: Nice, France (Nice Jazz Festival)
July 25: San Sebastian, Spain (TBA)
July 30: Miami (The Fillmore Miami Beach)
July 31: Clearwater, Fla. (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
Aug. 1: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)
Aug. 2: Atlanta (Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre)
Aug. 4: Baltimore (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
Aug. 5: Philadelphia (Mann Center for the Performing Arts)
Aug. 6: Boston (Bank of America Pavilion)
Aug. 7: New York (United Palace)