Saturday, July 12, 2008

Santana Announces New Tour Dates

Since his musical debut in the 1970’s, Carlos Santana has successfully redefined what it means to be a great guitarist. With his explosive, exciting and innovative guitar melodies, the Mexican-born musician has grown to become a living legend and idol for generations of fans around the world. In addition, Santana’s eclectic mix of Latin rock, blues, hard rock and Jazz fusion has granted him a reputation as one of the most unique artists in rock and roll history.

Music has always been in Carlos Santana’s blood, as he was born in 1947, in Mexico, to a Mariachi violinist father. Santana took advantage of his musical roots and by as early as age five, began perfecting his craft, as a member of his father’s Mariachi orchestra. By the 1960’s, a young and inspired Carlos Santana formed a band in San Francisco and in 1969, the band got their big break, performing live at the infamous “Woodstock” music festival. Santana’s performance at “Woodstock” shot the young group and its lead guitarist to superstardum. This early success allowed Santana to release their debut album in 1969, titled Santana. The self-titled debut went two times platinum and helped to further put Santana on the mainstream musical map. In 1970, the group released their second album, Abraxas. Abraxas was an instant classic, eventually becoming five times platinum, selling over four million units and reaching number one on the music charts.

To date, Santana, as a band, have released over fifteen hit albums and garnered the attention of millions of fans around the world. Carlos Santana has also achieved success as a solo artist. He has released a total of over thirty albums (both solo and group work), was named the fifteenth greatest artist in Rock and Roll by Rolling Stone Magazine and in 1998, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

After releasing a greatest hits album in 2007, this year marks the return of Carlos Santana to the live stage in a big way. The guitarist’s massive “Live your Light” concert tour is set to hit various venues around the world, July through October. “Live your Light” will see Santana performing his numerous classic hits and fan favorites, in front of stadiums packed with diehard fans. The concert will make stops in Europe, Canada and the United States over its five month touring period.

Santana Tour Dates: European Tour: June 20, 2008- July 20, 2008 Canadian Tour: September 7, 2008-September 10, 2008 United States Tour: September 6, 2008; September 13-October 12, 2008.

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