Santana Reunion Is Underway

Caravanserai (album)
Caravanserai (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The last studio recording to feature the major vestiges of the original Santana band was Caravanserai released in 1972. The cover of Caravanserai featured  a journey into the desert sun.

It is only fitting that the 2013 Santana reunion is a renewed “Journey” of exploration out of the Las Vegas desert.

The Santana fan base and the musicians themselves are pumped about the Santana reunion underway by five of the original Santana members, Carlos Santana, Michael Carabello, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, and Michael Shrieve.

The Santana Reunion excitement fuse was lit on August 28th at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms in Las Vegas. Journey was the scheduled act that evening. The magic shifted when the encore segment took place. Out stepped Carlos Santana and Gregg Rollie to settle into a jam with Journey to everyone’s great delight for five minutes. They played an extended version of a Journey song “LaRaza DeSol” and “Gypsy Queen”. The band then launched into the inspiring instrumental “Soul Sacrifice,” immortalized on the Woodstock soundtrack and concert film.

Neal Schon: We also rehearsed for the 2 days I was here in Vegas with Gregg ,Carlos, Michael Shrieve and Michael Carabello. We recorded and wrote and will go in the studio.

Photo: Edison Graff

Michael Shrieve posted this comment and picture on his Facebook page.

Had an amazing time making music this week with Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Michael Carabello and Neal Schon. Neal was at a Journey soundcheck when we snapped this photo.

Let The Music Play!

Happy Birthday Gregg Rolie!

Today is June 17th, 2012. We want to wish Gregg Rolie a Happy 65th Birthday today.

It is also Father’s Day and our 39th wedding anniversary. It’s nice to have all this in common with Gregg Rolie.  As many of you know I am a huge, long time Santana fan. Gregg Rolie was the original lead singer and keyboardist with Santana. He later founded Journey with ex-Santana member, guitarist Neil Schon.

It’s been a great year for Gregg Rolie. He is presently on tour with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band. Tonight they are playing at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena in Uncasville, Ct.

Earlier this year he put on a tour of small clubs called “An Intimate Evening With Gregg Rolie”. He performed with Texas blues guitarist Alan Haynes. He performed his songs, answered questions from the audience, staying until the end of the night signing autographs and greeting fans.

I can attest how down to earth Gregg Rolie in person can be. Several years back I caught the Gregg Rolie Band at a free concert at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Ct. The night took on an interesting twist when GRB was playing Santana songs from Woodstock. The wind kicked up and lightning/rain threatened to end the show. (It felt like Woodstock and “No More Rain” was upon us.) GRB hung tough, completed the show and stayed to sign autographs for us, despite the threatening weather. It was really cool to chat with Gregg Rolie and Michael Carabello (Original Santana conga player) that night. They signed my copy of the book Voices of Latin Rock as we discussed the significance of the music book topic in relationship to rock history .

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

Escape album cover
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There are times we give up hope. Music is the salvation for the human heart and soul.

The song, “Don’t Stop Believin‘ ” by Journey is 30 years young. It’s the number one downloaded song ever recorded in the 20th century as the July 31st video segment from CBS Sunday Morning points out.

Don't Stop Believin'
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