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