The classic lineup of Santana reunited on Monday night (March 21st) at Las Vegas’ House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for the taping of a TV special set for later this year. Vintage Vinyl News reported Carlos Santana opened the set with group co-founders keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Rolie, percussionist Michael Carbello, and drummer Michael Shrieve — along with current Santana members Karl Perazzo on percussion and Benny Rietveld bass, to play the band’s early standard “Soul Sacrifice” and then brought Neal Schon on stage to join the band for the remainder of the main set. The classic lineup ran through “Evil Ways,” “Black Magic Woman,” and “Oye Como Va.” For the three-song encore, the band welcomed Ronald Isley onstage for two songs from the band’s reunion album,Santana IV, due out on April 13th.
It’s possible that the classic Santana lineup will take the stage together a few times more over the coming months during a handful of co-headlining dates pairing Santana and Journey, which was co-founded by Schon and Rolie. The four joint dates are — April 13th at New York’s Madison Square Garden; April 15th at Uncasville, Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena; April 16th at Allentown, Pennsylvania’s PPL Center, and a massive quadruple bill featuring the two bands along with other Bay Area legends, the Steve Miller Band and the Doobie Brothers on September 4th at San Francisco’s San Francisco’s AT&T Park. There’s been no word as to how the night will break down between Santana and Journey’s respective sets, or when the reunion set would take place.
- In recent years, Carlos Santana told us he and Gregg Rolie were growing closer again and heading towards some type of reunion: “I’m really happy to say that Gregg Rolie and I are communicating more. And it feels great. I have no doubts that, Lord willing, in the future we’ll be doing something together, definitely.”
- Santana told us that feels that positive thinking and altruism in musicians today are vastly underrated in modern society: “It’s not hokey, it’s not silly, it’s not dorky to believe that the power of love will replace the love for power. It’s not. All the cynical people from Fox network, or whatever, they can call us whatever they want to, but we are the dreamers. We are the ones that brought the Berlin Wall down. Ronald Reagan took the credit, but we brought it down. Bob Marley, myself and people like myself.”