Rod Stewart, Santana Join Forces for Arena Tour

Rod Stewart, Santana Join Forces for Arena Tour

Smooth rock fans: brace yourselves. This may be the most exciting thing that will ever happen to you. The latest in a long line of superstar megastar co-headlining jaunts sees Rod Stewart and Santana team up for a trek across North America.

In what their publicist has termed “their combined love of rock, soul, world rhythms, funk, jazz and blues,” the duo will hit the road in May for an 18-city North American tour that will see them traveling across the United States and into Canada.

The tour, dubbed “The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs” kicks off on May 23rd in Albany, and will see the pair make stops in Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Denver and Washington, D.C. before wrapping up on August 20th in Wantagh, New York.

Stewart has previously toured with rocker Steve Winwood, while Santana shared the stage with the Allman Brothers Band.

As elders of rock n roll, both Stewart and Santana have had a relatively quiet few years. The tour announcement does come with a few musical releases, however.

Stewart, 69, is releasing a retrospective, Live 1976-1998: Tonight’s The Night, on March 18th. The four-disc album includes 58 tracks, such as “Maggie May”, “Hot Legs” with Tina Turner, “Infatuation” and “Try A Little Tenderness.”

Santana, 66, meanwhile, is planning to release another one of his collaboration albums, Corazon, featuring appearances from Pitbull, Miguel and Gloria Estefan.

In a career spanning five decades, Stewart has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. Last May, he released Time, his first rock album in a dozen years.

Santana, led by guitarist Carlos Santana, has sold more than 100 million records and performed for more than 100 millions fans at concerts across the globe. Santana won a record-tying nine Grammys, including album of the year, for 1999′s Supernatural.

Both have staged successful residencies in Las Vegas.

How Supernatural Introduced Santana To An Entirely New Generation

How Supernatural Introduced Santana To An Entirely New Generation

Carlos Santana’s place in Latin rock folklore had already been cemented. Arguably one of the most talented guitarists of his generation, the Mexican and his ever-changing backing band was widely hailed as the standout performer at Woodstock, was a constant fixture on the 70s music scene and even managed to sneak in a few hits in the 80s. But despite a healthy presence on the live circuit, by the beginning of the 90s, his commercial viability was virtually non-existent and even scraping into the US Hot 100, let alone bagging a number one, seemed virtually unthinkable.

However, on the eve of the 21st Century, the then 50-year-old suddenly became more successful than he’d ever been, scoring a chart-topping album that went onto reach pole position a staggering 12 times, sell over 30 million copies worldwide and win nine Grammy Awards. It was a remarkable turnaround considering previous studio effort, 1992’s Milagro, could only peak at No.102, his last Top 10 album came with 1981’s Zebop and his most recent hit single was 1982’s “Hold On.”

Responsible for Santana’s second wind was none other than record company executive Clive Davis, the mastermind behind the careers of everyone from Whitney Houston to Barry Manilow and the man who he had previously worked with at Columbia Records. Sensing that Santana still had hits left in him, Davis encouraged him to team up with a whole host of artists young enough to be his children, and in some cases, grandchildren, for a last-ditch attempt at chart glory, Supernatural.

Although only five solo tracks appeared on the record (“Africa Bamba,” “Migra,” “El Farol,” “(Da Le) Yaleo),” “Primavera”), Santana was never relegated to guest performer on his own album. Indeed, his signature Latin rock riffs were just as instrumental to its success as the star turns from the likes of Dave Matthews (“Love Of My Life”), Eric Clapton (“The Calling”) and Lauryn Hill (“Do You Like The Way”).

And despite its reputation as a star-studded affair, Supernatural wasn’t always exactly A-list. R&B duo The Product G&B were pretty much an unknown quantity, only really notable for the occasional vocal on Pras & Wyclef Jean records, Cee Lo Green was half a decade away from becoming the voice behind Gnarls Barkley, while Neneh’s brother Eagle Eye Cherry’s first Top 10 hit a year earlier, “Save Tonight,” proved to be his only one.

Nevertheless, its more MTV-friendly roll-call certainly helped in getting the record played in places which normally wouldn’t have touched it with a bargepole. The Rob Thomas-fronted soft-rock of “Smooth” became the very last number one of the millennium, eventually spending 12 weeks at the top, the more R&B-led “Maria, Maria,” almost matched its success, taking pole position ten times, while Everlast collaboration “Put Your Lights On” went onto pick up a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Having scored a Billboard Top 200 chart-topper 29 years after his last, 1971’s Santana III (a world record for the longest gap between No.1 albums), it was unsurprising that Santana continued to stick to a winning approach throughout the rest of the 00s. Featuring vocals from Michelle Branch (“The Game Of Love”), Seal (“You Are My Kind”) and Dido (“Feels Like Fire”), 2002’s Shaman repeated the number one success of its predecessor. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler (“Just Feel Better”) Joss Stone & Sean Paul (“Cry Baby Cry”) and Los Lonely Boys (“I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love”) were just some of the contributors to 2005’s All That I Am. While Bush’s Gavin Rossdale (T-Rex’s “Bang A Gong”), Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland (The Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”) and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell (Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”) all guested on 2010’s rock covers collection, Guitar Heaven.

The failure of his 22nd studio album, Shape Shifter, (the first to eschew his magic formula in over 20 years), to continue his tally of US Top 10 hits suggests that solo Santana isn’t as enticing a prospect as collaborative Santana. But even if he never sets foot inside the Billboard charts again, Supernatural has ensured that he remains as much a household name with those who grew up in the 00s as the generation who grew up in the 70s.

Santana Mexico Concert Features Juanes, Miguel, Gloria Estefan

Santana Mexico Concert Features Juanes, Miguel, Gloria Estefan

Carlos Santana is set to head South of the border this December to headline a concert with a number of high-profile Latin music performers.

The night is due to be a bit of a homecoming for the man himself, scheduled for Guadalajara, Mexico, at the Vicente Fernandez Arena on December 14th, in Santana’s native state of Jalisco.

The show comes in conjunction with the guitarist’s upcoming album, Corazón, that’s due for release early next year. The album is set to feature performances from what looks to be everyone in Carlos’ personal phone book, including Gloria Estefan, Miguel, award-winning Colombian rockers Juanes, Carlos’ son Salvador Santana, as well as Ziggy Marley, Pitbull and Mexican-American singer/actress Lila Downs.

Now, these people either really respect Carlos, or owe him a lot of favors, because a selection of these album collaborators will also be heading to Mexico on December 14th with Santana to play the show, including ChocQuibTown, Gloria Estefan, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Juanes, Miguel, Niña Pastori, Samuel Rosa of Skank, Salvador Santana, Soledad, Diego Torres and others.

A statement on Santana’s official website describes the show as a “once in a lifetime concert event” with “a star-studded cast of musicians, all celebrating their Latin music heritage.” All the above are, as yet, the only confirmed attendees, but said statement also promises “more guest performances will be announced.”

Santana has enjoyed a career spanning four decades, over which he has released seven studio albums, three live albums, six compilation albums and five singles. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine listed Santana at number 20 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and he has 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards to his name.

Santana Teams Up with Steve Miller for Co-Headlining Tour

Santana Teams Up with Steve Miller for Co-Headlining Tour

Carlos Santana will team up with the Steve Miller Band for a handful of tour dates in Australia in March 2013.

The two acts will co-headline four shows Down Under, starting in Melbourne on March 21, 2013. The tour will move to Adelaide the following night, and then to Sydney for a show on March 27. The short tour will wrap up March 28 in Brisbane.

Santana and Steve Miller will be in Australia for the Byron Bay’s Bluesfest 2013, which is a five-day event held over Easter Weekend, March 28-April 1, 2013. That festival features an impressive lineup, including Iggy & the Stooges, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Counting Crows, Chris Isaak, Ben Harper, Grace Potter, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, Robert Plant, Counting Crows, William Elliott Whitmore, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Jimmy Cliff, among many others.

Carlos Santana will be supporting his most recent album, Shape Shifter, which was released in May of this year. The album is his 36th release overall, including solo albums and albums under the Santana band name.

Since early May, Santana has been performing a residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, though he has occasionally toured around North America since that time to promote Shape Shifter. The current residency is scheduled to last two years, and is his second in the city – he wrapped up a long stint at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in 2011.

Steve Miller Band’s most recent studio album is 2011′s Let Your Hair Down. The album is made up primarily of blues covers of greats like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. The album was recorded at the same sessions that produced the band’s 2010 offering Bingo! That album also featured cover songs, including titles by Elmore James, B.B. King and Jimmie Vaughan.

Santana Postpones Weekend Florida Dates

Santana Postpones Weekend Florida Dates

Carlos Santana has canceled three concerts scheduled in Florida over the weekend.

“It is with great regret that the upcoming performances featuring Carlos Santana and the Santana Band have been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control,” read a statement posted on the legendary guitarist’s official website. “Universal Tone Management is working diligently to reschedule these performances. We would like to thank all of the fans in Florida for your patronage, and we look forward to bringing you the music of Carlos Santana in the future.”

Though there is obviously no official reason given in the statement, the Tampa Bay Times reports that Live Nation said the Sunday show at the city’s 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre was called off because “Carlos Santana was ill and unable to perform.” Santana also was originally slated to perform tonight and tomorrow night (August 24-25) at the Seminole Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Fla.

On Monday, Santana posted a poem of sorts to his Facebook page that would seem to support the reports that he is ill.

“Cold chills, chicken skin, the cold shakes,” he wrote in the stream-of-consciousness writing. “Today I learned that your brain tells your body/To create cold chills so you can sweat a lot/To prevent you from having a seizure.”

Santana fans that have already purchased tickets can keep them and use them at the upcoming rescheduled shows when they are announced, or get a refund at the original point of purchase.

Some news outlets have speculated that the postponement may be related to tropical storm Isaac, which could strengthen into a hurricane and may hit Florida on Monday. Santana issued no official statement about the weather.

No other postponements or cancellations have been announced, and Santana is scheduled to resume his Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay on September 12.

Allman Brothers Team with Carlos Santana for Summer Dates

Allman Brothers Team with Carlos Santana for Summer Dates

After a recent health scare, Gregg Allman has announced that he has been cleared by his doctors and is ready for a summer tour, and the Allman brothers have now announced six summer dates with Carlos Santana.

The co-headlining tour with Santana and his Santana band will kick off July 22 at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Lake, N.Y., and the tour will run through July 30 when the legendary bands perform at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. The short tour will be confined to the Northeastern United States, and also features stops in Wantagh, N.Y; Holmdel, N.J.; Saratoga, N.Y. and Hartford, Conn.

Allman was reportedly experiencing arrhythmia after a recent hernia surgery related to a 2010 liver transplant, but his publicist says he underwent test at the Jacksonville, Fla., Mayo Clinic last Friday and was cleared to tour. Though the two bands have played festivals together in the past, this tour will mark the first time they had ventured out on a tour.

“We’ve all looked forward to doing this for a very long time,” Allman said in a statement. Carlos Santana echoed these thoughts.

“It’s a delight and an honor to finally share the stage, and the music,” the legendary guitarist said.

In addition to the tour with the Allman Brothers, Gregg Allman also will undertake a book tour to celebrate the release of his memoir, “My Cross to Bear.” The book came out yesterday, and in it Allman discusses his time in the Allman Brothers at the height of their success, as well as the death of his brother Duane.

In addition to the Santana dates, the Allman Brothers will also undertake a series of concerts known as the “Year of the Peach.” These concerts will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the group’s 1972 live album, Eat a Peach.

Santana Recruits George Lopez for Select Summer Tour Dates

Santana Recruits George Lopez for Select Summer Tour Dates

George Lopez (comedian) and Carlos Santana (musician) are going to be the co-headliners of the “Divine Rascals Tour,” which will hit the road September through October. Each artist will be performing one set as they share the stage together for the first time.

Tickets for the tour will be available on May 13. To get information on pre-sale tickets for Santana fan club members, visit

Carlos Santana stated, “I’m delighted to be going on the road with George Lopez. Besides giving me the chance to perform alongside a dear friend, these shows take me back to the grand old Bill Graham days, when different kinds of entertainment were featured on the same bill. Divine Rascals will be a joyous experience.”

Carlos Santana, along with the Santana Band, will be singing their classic hits that they have been popular for 40 years. They will also showcase several selections from Santana’s most recent album, “Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time.” When this album dropped, Santana became just the second musical group to have at least one album appear on the Billboard Top Ten list in every decade from the 1960s to the 2010s. The Rolling Stones is the other group to do this.

George Lopez is a stellar standup comedian who has been the star of two Comedy Specials on HBO. The most recent special was “Tall, Dark & Chicano,” which aired in 2009. Lopez is currently hosting “Lopez Tonight.” His career has blossomed on the live stage, on television, and in the movies. His sitcom, George Lopez, was the first of its kind and was on ABC for 6 years. It is currently in syndication and is very popular. He also lends his voice to the character of Rafael in the new animated film, Rio.

The “Divine Rascals Tour” is a part of Santan’s nationwide tour, known as the “Sound of Collective Consciousness Tour,” which begins in Seattle on August 25th. The final concert will be on September 30th in Palm Springs. Michael Franti & Spearhead will also join Santana on tour.

Santana Returns to Las Vegas with Two-Year Stint at House of Blues

Santana Returns to Las Vegas with Two-Year Stint at House of Blues

Legendary guitarist and bandleader Carlos Santana has announced a two-year residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The stint will kick off in May of this year, and Santana reportedly will play 80 shows a year in 2012 and 2013.

The show has been named “Greatest Hits Live: Santana – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow,” and Santana says the “tomorrow” portion of the shows will be new territory for both the band and the audience.

“Tomorrow is the unknown, so how do you rehearse the unknown?” Santana told the Los Angeles Times. “To me, the unknown is inviting African musicians to join us, or Buddy Guy or Derek Trucks or Ben Harper, people from Phish, Warren Haynes – that’s what “Tomorrow” is bringing to the House of Blues.”

“I call it a living laboratory,” he continued. “We play the beginning [of a set] and we play the end, but in the middle, we’re going to create some experimentation so you can witness a backward flip into the unknown. In other words, there’s no set list in the middle. We will create something so you can just close your eyes and go on a journey with us.”

This isn’t the first residency the Mexican born artist has had in the city. He played a show called “Supernatural Santana – a Trip through the Hits” at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in a stretch that ended in 2011.

Santana also said he hopes to use the time he’s in Las Vegas to record, and says he already has three albums in mind.

“I’d like to do two with the band – one just in Spanish for the Latino audience, and one that hopefully will be radio-friendly,” he said. “And I want to do one just for family – with and for the family, with my wife, my son, my two daughters, who are all musicians.