The last studio recording to feature the major vestiges of the original Santana band was Caravanseraireleased in 1972. The cover of Caravanserai featured a journey into the desert sun.
It is only fitting that the 2013 Santana reunion is a renewed “Journey” of exploration out of the Las Vegas desert.
The Santana fan base and the musicians themselves are pumped about the Santana reunion underway by five of the original Santana members, Carlos Santana, Michael Carabello, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, and Michael Shrieve.
The Santana Reunion excitement fuse was lit on August 28th at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms in Las Vegas. Journey was the scheduled act that evening. The magic shifted when the encore segment took place. Out stepped Carlos Santana and Gregg Rollie to settle into a jam with Journey to everyone’s great delight for five minutes. They played an extended version of a Journey song “LaRaza DeSol” and “Gypsy Queen”. The band then launched into the inspiring instrumental “Soul Sacrifice,” immortalized on the Woodstock soundtrack and concert film.
Neal Schon: We also rehearsed for the 2 days I was here in Vegas with Gregg ,Carlos, Michael Shrieve and Michael Carabello. We recorded and wrote and will go in the studio.
My wife and I were fortunate to see the inception of The Rascals BioConcert at the rock hall we’ve always loved, The Capitol Theatre in Portchester, NY on December 15, 2012. It was an incredible night to see our heroes performing together. Off to our left was Steven Van Zandt absorbed in watching the production. He is the ultimate fan and his influence with the four Rascals was instrumental in their reformation.
We are excited to have a second opportunity to see The Rascals in Once Upon A Dream for free by invitation at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena. It is a rewarding feeling to receive this honor especially when Mohegan Sun is our number one concert venue. We have seen more concerts at Mohegan Sun than anywhere else. The Capitol Theatre is our second most attended venue and where our love affair with rock music took root 😉
I received an early morning e-mail communication from Top Spin Media (Top Spin Platform Direct to Fan Business) for Paul McCartney about his next album, New. I am constantly impressed with how Sir Paul leverages the latest technology with the power of the InterWeb to effectively communicate his music directly to his fans.
It is very reminiscent of the marketing campaign that David Bowie used to communicate and tell fans at a very early hour and radiate the news as the day progresses. David Bowie awakened the world to his new album in this way and it was a very effective means to build interest, listening and sales.
Paul’s New album will include 12 new songs, which he worked on with new collaborators. I am hoping this recording will feature a couple more songs he has performed with Nirvana mates, David Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. I am very interested to learn who else he collaborated with on New.
I have seen Derek Trucks play with Carlos Santana at Mohegan Sun in 2008 and then twice last year when Santana played with The Allman Bros. Band in New Jersey and Hartford. Each performance was moving.
This collaboration is my favorite as it features husband and wife, Derek Trucks with Susan Tedeschi in, “Make Somebody Happy”, written by Carlos Santana and Alex Ligertwood. Performed in July 2011 at Montreux.
Carlos Santana – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Raul Rekow – Congas, Percussion & Vocals
Karl Perazzo – Percussion & Vocals
Benny Rietveld – Bass
Dennis Chambers – Drums
Tony Lindsay – Vocals
Andy Vargas – Vocals
Bill Ortiz – Trumpet
Jeff Creesman – Trombone
Tommy Anthony – Guitar & Vocals
David K. Mathews – Keyboards
I dug around on the Web and I found this guest appearance of Arthur Brown performing with Alice Cooper and his band on Halloween in London. (I love seeing Alice Cooper live on Halloween.) I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Alice Cooper appears on the next Arthur Brown album. Arthur Brown’s influence on Alice Cooper is logical.
The quote below from Arthur Brown comes directly from his Pledge page:
I need your help to raise the money to make this exciting project happen. I have been known as someone who always brings new things to the musical scene. And this is no exception.
The presentation will include new technology, and things not seen before. When I replaced the drummer with a drum machine in my band Kingdom Come in 1973 It was a new idea. So new that people laughed at it. Yet 5 years later it became what many bands did. It led in fact to the beat boxes and drum machines which defined much of rock music from then on.
What I am about to introduce is as revolutionary as that and will be revealed with the release of this new album. So help us get this thing rolling. We need you to pledge the money to bring this show and album to the masses.
I hope his tour plans include some concerts in the USA and that we can attend them. I am eager to discover what revolutionary presentation technologies Arthur Brown has in store for us.
It was a gas getting back in league with Arthur Brown’s art again. I have always dug his song, “Fire” and the album cover art of the Atlantic album it stems from, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
This avid record collector is so pumped for this event taking place very soon now!
Music Mash ’13 is this year’s WPKN Record Fair, taking place on Saturday, September 7 at the Fairfield Theatre Company Annex at 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield, CT from 8 AM to 5:30 PM. Early Bird hours from 8 AM to 10 AM for a $20 admission fee. Regular admission begins at 10 AM for $5. Children under 12 admitted free. Located across from the Fairfield Train Station, parking is plentiful and free.
The event features the region’s top vendors. WPKN 89.5 has roughly 1000 LP’s and CDs to sell, including a private gift of near mint collectible LP’s that are valued at around $10,000. It will offer great opportunities to acquire some amazing albums, CDs, memorabilia and autographs.
I just read a well articulated article in Rolling Stone Magazine about David Crosby. He is working on a new solo album that I can’t wait to hear. I love the flow of this article, especially the sentiments that David Crosby shares with Andy Greene, Associate Editor of Rolling Stone about the CSNY live album due out this year and Neil Young’s muse.
I have happily fallen back in league with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young the past 10 years, having seen Neil Young (twice), CSN, CSNY, Nash and Crosby, and Stephen Stills live in concert during that time. I especially loved the feelings expressed and felt at the Freedom of Speech, CSNY tour in 2006 at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena.
David Crosby Solo Album
This will be his first solo album since 1993’s Thousand Roads. “Nobody really makes a true solo album,” he says. “This one involves my son James quite a bit. He co-produced it, sang on it, arranged and wrote the songs with me. My friend Marcus Eaton also plays guitar and sings a lot of harmonies on it. It’s different from anything I’ve ever done. I’ve always wanted to hear the band instrumentals in the same kind of place where I wanted the vocals. I wanted to make something experimental and out there, and this time I got it. I think I’m going to call it Dangerous Night.”
David on Neil Young
I have so much respect for Neil because he always follows his muse. It’s often counter to what I want, because I want to work with him. But I also want him to follow his muse. I want him playing music that excites him right that minute. And if that includes me, that’s wonderful. If it doesn’t, that’s wonderful too. He’s still making great music and still tries to push the envelope.