On stage together for the first time since 1973, the Original Santana Band featuring: Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion), and Michael Shrieve (drums), will reunite on March 21 in Las Vegas at the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for a very special live performance that will be filmed for television and DVD release.
Fans are invited to come be a part of television history as the super group takes them on a musical journey, touching upon the first three Santana albums, and introducing fans to songs from the forthcoming release of their new studio album, Santana IV.
Tickets for this special event go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, March 5 at 10 a.m. All tickets are $29.50 plus tax and fees and are general admission, standing room only tickets. Doors are at 6:30 p.m., filming begins at 8 p.m. Fans won’t want to miss this historic filming and live concert event. All guests must be 18 years of age or older with a valid photo ID to enter the venue.
With the same heralded lineup that exploded onto the scene at Woodstock, with Neal Schon added soon afterward, Santana IV radiates the same unparalleled energy and superlative musicianship that made Santana a pioneering force in world music and a household name across the globe. In April of 2016, they will release their first studio album together since 1971’s Santana III. Appropriately named Santana IV, the album picks up where they left off with 16 all-new tracks written and produced by the band, explosive guitar work, incredible percussion, and a collection of songs that easily stands side-by-side with the group’s treasured early work. Joining the core Santana IV band in the studio are current Santana members Karl Perazzo (percussion) and Benny Rietveld (bass), with the legendary vocalist Ronald Isley guesting on two cuts.
“There are very few bands from the ’60s and ’70s that can come back with this kind of energy,” Carlos Santana raves, “So I think we achieved something very rare. This music was screaming to come out of us. It wasn’t about nostalgia. It was about passion.”
To date, this is the only full show scheduled that will feature this incredible lineup which will highlight the amazing guitar interplay of Carlos Santana and Journey’s Neal Schon, mixed with Gregg Rolie’s distinctive soulful voice and Hammond B3, complimented by the percussive ferocity of Michael Shrieve and Michael Carabello.
“Carlos and I feel more connected than ever,” adds Schon. “We get super-aggressive when we play, but also melodic and poetic. We have a dialog with each other on our guitars, and that allows us to do one-take solos and just blow each other away.”