As far as ZPZ is concerned, I believe they are quite capable of delivering a quality representation of this music on their own, but I get excited to here about alumni sitting in. There are plenty still around who can comfortably hang so-to-speak. Vinnie Coliautta, Mike Keneally, Bobby Martin, George Duke, Tommy Mars, Eddie Jobson (is he still around?), Jean Luc Ponty, Ed Mann, Nappy and Ike immediately come to mind though I'm sure many other can as well.
With or without alumni, I'll still support the cause for new music. I can't see shooting myself in the foot by boycotting releases like Buffalo, Wazoo, Trance Fusion, MOFO (both) or even the Dub Room soundtrack.
If Return To Forever are indeed touring this year, I'll be there (sans scheduling conficts as has been the case lately). If nothing else, I'll buy the CD/DVD.
RTF!!!!! Yes yes yes! Romantic Warrior! Let's see- Al DiMeola, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White and Chick Corea, yes? If there was a band i could go back in time to see I wish I could have seen Weather Report back in the day. That's one reunion that could never be w/o Pastorios. Those were the days when fusion was the best!!!!! Ever see the weather report box CD/DVD set? Very tasty!!
Yep, DiMeola, Clarke, Corea and White are the masters behind RTF.They were/ and still are the shit. I've been meaning to pick up that Weather Report CD/DVD set.
As a teenager growing up in the '80s, and surrounded by a peer group who were into Ozzy, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Dio, Iron Maiden and Motley Crue (Shout at the Devil era) among many of the other hairdo metal bands of the time, my friends thought I was nuts for getting into RTF, Mahavishnu, Weather Report, McLaughlin, DiMeola, Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jeff Beck (pre Flash era), various other Fusion/Prog/blues artists/groups and not to menton Zappa. 20 years later, my friends finally get it and ironically I'm now listening to more of the '80s metal/headbanger stuff. I just was'nt into it while it was current and fashionable.