Legendary funk band The Family Stone are back in the studio - but enigmatic frontman SLY has yet to rejoin them.

The DANCE TO THE MUSIC hitmakers have not recorded together for 32 years and are hoping that their lead singer will feel the urge to participate in their recording sessions.

Drummer GREG ERRICO says, "I'll put it like this. The B3 (Hammond organ) is on and running and idling, and the seat's warm, and whenever he (Sly) wants to come sit in it, he's more than welcome.

"But he's been a recluse for the last 20 years or so ... I don't understand it. Your guess is as good as mine."

Stone has suffered a string of drug related legal and medical problems over the last few years.

13/06/2003 09:19