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“IV” by Santana

CD - Santana - IV

The classic lineup of Santana has reunited and delivers “IV” to the masses. That’s right, Carlos Santana with Greg Rolie, Neil Schon and Michael Shrieve back on track with some thrilling material. This comes care of Santana IV Records.

Journey & Santana @ Madison Square Garden

Tour - Journey and Santana - Winter 2016

History shall be made as Journey performs with the legendary Santana. This will be the reunion of the bands classic lineup and celebrate the past along with their new music together. Don’t miss this one. Provided you can even get a ticket that is.

Journey and Santana Announce Three Exclusive Live Dates!

Are you kidding me? Are you frigging kidding me!!!!!! Journey AND Santana doing a choice few gigs on the same stage with Neil Schon doing double duty in Santana with legendary members from the past? Color me interested. Below the poster for these choice appearances is the brief press copy and then some added thoughts on it all. Get rolling.

Tour - Journey and Santana - Winter 2016

The Press Release:
JOURNEY and SANTANA will join up for three special concerts this April. The two legendary music artists will take the stage together starting in New York City at Madison Square Garden on April 13 with shows also lined up in Uncasville, CT at Mohegan Sun Arena April 15 and Allentown, PA at PPL Center April 16. A limited number of VIP Packages will be available, including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more. Click here for on sale details: http://www.journeymusic.com/pages/news/journey-santana-team-up-for-special-concert-series

PiercingMetal Thoughts: The classic era of Santana with all those wonderful hits sung by the great Gregg Rolie are songs that I remember so fondly and can say that I grew up alongside. I was too young to be a part of the Woodstock experience of course and NO I was not conceived there in case you wondered, but my family always had music on and fortunately for me my Mom was someone who always left the Rock station on. I guess she realized I liked it when I was on the young side. So yeah that stuff is iconic to me. Then there is Journey who I first heard with the album “Evolution” and was hooked immediately. They became one of my very favorite bands and I was super stoked to even see them live during the blockbuster “Escape” and “Frontiers” tours. The idea of Journey acting as the support act and finding Santana once again working with the members of his historic and most groundbreaking period is making my hands shake with excitement. I am going to do my best to be a part of that Madison Square Garden show and you should too if you know what’s good for you. Please let me know what you think of the whole matter in the comments section below.

Official Websites:
Journey: http://www.journeymusic.com
Santana: http://www.sanatana.com

Gregg Rolie Band @ B.B. King Blues Club (6/18/2010)

Logo - Gregg Rolie Band

Artist: Gregg Rolie Band
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: n/a
Date: 6/18/2010
Label: Independent Artist

It’s without question that keyboardist Gregg Rolie is a legendary musician and how could you say anything less about a fellow who had an important role in the formation of both Santana and Journey. You would have to be living under a rock to not recognize the juggernaut status of each of those bands. While Gregg has not been involved with either group for decades he has not been sitting idly by and instead tours with his own group playing music that is very reminiscent of his earliest roots. As a matter of fact, in 2001 he would release his third solo album which was entitled “Roots” and delivered a sound that all of his fans knew very, very well. In my own musical life, I have to say that the earliest years of Santana with Gregg are the best ones of them all and nowadays the legendary guitarist seems disconnected with that which made him so awesome to listen to back in the day. His move over to Journey with guitarist Neal Schon was an interesting one and for those fans that are only aware of the Steve Perry years, you should really check out the band in its beginnings since it’s a lot more progressive than you might be aware. I first caught the Gregg Rolie Band at a private media event that I was fortunate enough to be invited to and it was such a blast that I hoped for some area gigs so the wider demographic of fans could enjoy it as well. Thankfully it would not be too long in coming and here we are at the legendary B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. A venue that was absolutely perfect for this kind of event.
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“The Woodstock Experience” by Santana

Artist: Santana
Title: “The Woodstock Experience”
Label: Sony Legacy
Release Date: 6/30/2009
Genre: Rock
Rating: 5/5

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival, Sony Legacy has released a number of special recordings under the title of “The Woodstock Experience”. While available as a limited edition boxed set, the five recordings are also available separately. Each comes packaged in a sturdy cardboard slipcase that houses the album that the artist had released or been supporting at that time in 1969 along with a second CD that features their full Woodstock Festival performance. They are placed in mini-album covers and where the original album is a complete replica, the Woodstock set offers historical liner notes about the gig. It also features a poster of the artist that was taken at the show. The five releases present Johnny Winter, Santana, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and Sly & The Family Stone. As we did not have the limited edition box set we are instead offering up views on the releases on a one by one basis. Here are our thoughts on the “Santana: The Woodstock Experience” CD.

“Santana” – Santana’s self-titled debut album was a really interesting point in music history as it bridged the gap between soulful Latin styles and Progressive Rock music while managing to keep you interested in its groove with melody after melody. The stunning guitar wizardry of Carlos Santana and Neil Schon combined with the powerhouse drumming of Michael Shrieve made this a powerful Rock combo in and of itself but when you added in the likes of Chepito and Michael Carabello on timbales and congas, the unmistakable Latin flair just hooked you in and kept you. When you consider how the rich Hammond organ sound and vocals from Gregg Rolie were there as well you knew that the output was just going to be magic. This debut album from the band had only just come out after their appearance at the legendary Woodstock Festival and there are no less than five numbers on it that were played at the show. Most of the release is instrumental in base, but there are bona fide classics among these such as “Evil Ways”, “Jingo” and “You Just Don’t Care”. It’s one of those amazing places to start ones adventure into a bands material as many of these songs are still played in concert today by Santana and the other members of his band that have long gone their separate ways.
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