Sunday, April 13, 2008
MY CUP RUNNETH OVER
Okay, this is just ridiculous. In a good way.
First I get Yes tickets on Friday. Today I scored tickets to Return to Forever! This is insane. Yes is my favorite rock band ever, and Return to Forever is my favorite jazz/fusion band ever.
It's like 1974 all over again, eh?
Unlike Yes, I never had the chance to see RTF, because they broke up in 1977. This "classic" line up hasn't played together since 1976 (except for a one-off show in 1983). There's just no way these guys were ever going to get back together. They're just too busy. Drummer Lenny White has been doing steady session work. Chick Corea--who I have seen 5 or 6 times since the mid-Eighties--has won a ton of Grammys and kept performing with various groups, including the insanely bitchin' "Chick Corea Elektrik Band (saw them 4 times!!!). Stanley Clarke aka The God of Bass, and one of my biggest inspirations and influences as a bass player, has scored over 55 movies during his "lazy down period," and AL-I-can-play-faster-than-any-human-on-Earth-DI MEOLA has been alternating between electric and acoustic projects ever since.
It's an accurate statement to say that in 1974, Return to Forever had the four best electric musicians in the world playing in one band. The only thing that could've made it better was if Mahavishnu John McLaughin had replaced Al on guitar, and they added Jean Luc-Ponty on violin and Wayne Shorter on saxophone. (Ooooh, now there's a thought!) The point is... this was THE supergroup of the jazz fusion movement.
And now they're back.
The concert here in LA is June 13th. The only bummer is that they're only playing one night. What's up with that? They're playing FOUR nights in San Francisco. Since when is San Francisco better than LA? Hmmm... OK, you have a point, there. But ignore that for a moment... Hopefully they'll add another night. This will probably be my only chance to witness the insane RTF magic.
If you're interested in going or just wanna know more about all-things RTF, go to: http://return2forever.com/
And if you live in the SoCal area, see ya Friday, JUNE 13th.