By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At NIght Tampa
Venue: Amelie Arena, Tampa, Florida–October 27, 2017
On Friday night at the Amelie Arena, Tampa, Florida, Grammy Award, Ten-Time Grammy Award winning, Three-Time Latin Grammy Award Winning Rock Icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana wound down the Transmogrify Tour. The tour began on June 23rd in Washington State, moved its way across the country to New England, and finally made its way south to Florida where he played in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and finally the last show, Hollywood. Santana will be back in Las Vegas on November 1st. The tour promised to feature hits from Woodstock to Supernatural and more!
What can one say about Carlos Santana, the man is a legend and I was in “awe” of him as he came out on the stage with his full band of accomplished musicians. The man reaks of joy, peace, and love! I noticed a little print of Jesus was on top of the amplifier and the smell of incense was in the air. It was really a spiritual experience being there in the photo pit. We were allowed to photograph the first three songs, hence, the short article. He performed “Evil Ways” to my delight.
Carlos Santana paid homage to Tampa and the arena by donning a Lightning jersey, which was a thoughtful gesture. Another special moment for me was seeing Santana’s wife Cindy Blackman play the drums. She was on fire! She studied at Berklee School of Music and is a very accomplished jazz musician in her own right.
All I can say is, “I am buying a ticket next time!” I left the arena with a huge smile on my face and felt transformed! Santana’s music is that emotional and powerful!
- Jin-go-lo-ba (Babatunde Olatunji cover)
- Evil Ways (Willie Bobo cover)
- A Love Supreme (John Coltrane cover)
- Love Makes the World Go ‘Round (Deon Jackson cover)
- Total Destruction to Your Mind / Dancing In The Street / Proud Mary / Satisfaction / Day Tripper / Total Destruction to Your Mind
- Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
- Oye como va (Tito Puente cover)
- Samba pa ti
- Incident at Neshabur
- Mona Lisa
- Corazón espinado (Santana feat. Maná cover)
- Maria Maria
- Foo Foo
- Soul Sacrifice
Love, Peace & Happiness (The Chambers Brothers cover)
The Highest Good
About Carlos Santana:
For 40 years and as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won ten GRAMMY® Awards and three Latin GRAMMY® Awards. He won a record-tying nine GRAMMYs for a single project for 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”) as well as three Latin GRAMMY’s. He has also received the Billboard Century Award (1996), was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1998), received the Billboard Latin Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement honor (2009), and was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors Award (2013). Among many other honors, Carlos Santana has been cited by Rolling Stone as #15 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” And, with the 2014 release of Corazón, Santana surpassed the Rolling Stones and is one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least one Top Ten album for six consecutive decades from the 1960s on. April 15, 2016 marked the release date of Santana IV, which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart and marks Santana’s fourteenth Top 10 album. Santana is currently headlining a multi-year residency at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. In the fall of 2014, Carlos Santana released his memoir “The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.”
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