See Carlos Santana's 'Star-Spangled Banner' From NBA Finals

June 6, 2016

Carlos Santana, a Bay Area native, was on hand in Oakland to perform an instrumental rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the Golden State Warriors' Game 2 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Alongside his drummer and wife...


Santana on Reuniting Classic Lineup, How to Fight Trump

May 19, 2016

"I just had an epiphany!" says Carlos Santana, during a rehearsal at the Las Vegas House of Blues. His band, Santana, has just finished the raucous 1971 track "Everybody's Everything." "This song is like a nice filet mignon," he continues. "We can play...

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Santana IV

April 14, 2016

Santana IV is a canny title for this deja vu. The album reunites most of the Woodstock-'69 Santana – founding guitarist Carlos Santana, drummer Michael Shrieve, singer-organist Gregg Rolie and percussionist Michael Carabello – with guitarist...


Billy Joel, Supremes Make National Recording Registry

March 23, 2016

Billy Joel's "Piano Man," the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go," Metallica's Master of Puppets and Santana's Abraxas highlight the 25 recordings newly inducted into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. John Coltrane's jazz classic...



Carlos Santana on Drugs, Healing and His Message for Obama

May 26, 2014

Four decades after Carlos Santana turned “Oye Como Va” into one of the most successful Spanish-language hits inthe history of the Billboard charts, the guitarist is finally releasing a full-on Latin-pop album – Corazón, which...

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May 6, 2014

A Latin-pop version of Santana's all-star 1999 supersession, Supernatural? A great idea that's fairly well-executed here. "Oye 2014" updates Santana's 1970 cover of Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va" for yet another generation, with bass drops and an overzealous...



10 Best Moments From 2013 Kennedy Center Honors

December 30, 2013

On December 8th, the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors inducted Herbie Hancock, Martina Arroyo, Shirley MacLaine, Billy Joel and Carlos Santana at a special event attended by the President and First Lady along with other Hollywood and political elites....


Kennedy Center Honors Santana, Billy Joel

December 9, 2013

No one expected the infamous pundit Bill O'Reilly to introduce a Herbie Hancock tribute in Washington D.C. on Sunday night, but before saying a word about the new honoree at the Kennedy Center's annual gala, he coyly broke the tension: "I know, I'm surprised...


Carlos Santana Reunites With Homeless Ex-Bandmate

December 23, 2013

It's a holiday miracle: A TV reporter in San Francisco has reunited rock legend Carlos Santana with former bandmate Marcus Malone, a homeless man who played in the original Santana lineup in the late Sixties. See Where 'Abraxas' Ranks on Our List of...


Hear Santana Cuts Loose in 'La Flaca'

November 21, 2013

Santana unleashes some fierce riffs in the brand-new song "La Flaca," which features vocal work from Colombian musician Juanes. Available to stream now, you'll be able to download the cut on November 25th. The track will appear on Corazón, a new...



Carlos Santana to Publish Memoir in 2014

September 13, 2012

Carlos Santana is working on a still-untitled memoir that Little Brown is set to publish in English and Spanish in 2014, the Los Angeles Times reports. Santana hopes his story will "help readers discover the sanctity, grace and divinity in themselves,"...



Paul Simon and Carlos Santana Protest New Grammy Rules

May 27, 2011

A coalition of musicians including Paul Simon and Carlos Santana are voicing their opposition to the Recording Academy's elimination of more than 30 categories from the Grammy Awards. The artists claim that the Recording Academy unfairly targeted ethnic...


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Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time

September 21, 2010

Guitar Heaven reprises the cameo-heavy formula Carlos Santana has used since 1999's Supernatural, only this time the celeb vocalists lay into an assortment of classic-rock covers. The performances are mostly faithful to the originals, and Chris Daughtry...


Santana Plays Woodstock for First Time Since '69

July 19, 2010

Halfway through his show Saturday night in Bethel, New York, Carlos Santana paused to reminisce in front of 15,000 fans. "Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Sly Stone," he said. "All of us who were here remember the magic. Only love can conquer hate. This is...


Musician Athletes

June 5, 2010

More Top Stories: Phil Collins, Lady Gaga, Santana

September 27, 2010

  Phil Collins Tops UK Album Charts Phil Collins topped the UK album charts as his new Going Back beat out Manic Street Preachers' Postcards From a Young Man. It's Collins' first UK number one since his Hits took the top spot in 1998. [BBC] Lady...


Santana Unveils New Covers Disc in Vegas

August 30, 2010

Carlos Santana knows the power of a good guest vocalist: His 1999 album Supernatural, which paired the guitarist with a youthful cast of star singers, sold 28 million copies. His forthcoming Guitar Heaven (out September 21st) tweaks the formula, teaming...


Santana Proposes to Girlfriend at Chicago Show

July 12, 2010

Last Friday, Santana shocked the audience at a Chicago concert by proposing to his girlfriend Cindy Blackman four songs into the show. Following her solo during the tune "Corazon Espinado," Santana popped the question and she accepted, prompting the crowd...


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Santana: The Woodstock Experience

July 20, 2009

If it had all been sun-shine and clockwork, with a tidy profit on the morning after, no one would have said another word. Instead, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, held August 15th to 17th, 1969, near Bethel, New York — a refugee-camp experience...