Santana confirms UK arena tour for summer 2013

Posted: 30th January 2013
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Currently, if you want to find award-winning, multi-platinum Latin-rock jazz-fusion guitar-wielding maestro Carlos Santana, you'll either find him performing a residency at the House of Blues venue in Las Vegas, or nursing a bottle of his own endorsed Casa Noble tequila. Before the idle chit-chat begins, let's safely say that he's doing the former!

Mind you, the blues and tequila might be indicative of where Mr Santana's musical roots have come from. The man revolutionised rock-music in the late '60s by (shock) mixing Latin-American music with (horror) rock and (eek) jazz sounds to create a fusion of music that encapsulated the spirit of American cultures in one fell swoop.

Have a listen to his '70s output, such as the first eponymous Santana album, or the jazz-tinged "Borboletta" or the crossover classic "Abraxas" with the infamous tracks "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va". This album also features his key mainstream single, "Samba Pa Ti", a warm resonating instrumental that drew attention from UK audiences. You're bound to hear these tunes, plus tracks from recent album "Shape Shifter", when the legend himself hits the UK in the summer.

Carlos and his Santana colleagues will be playing a handful of arena dates in July, starting with Birmingham on 17th July, followed by Manchester on the 18th and Wembley Arena on the 19th.

Tickets on sale now, priced from around £35 upwards - a donation goes to The Santana Milagro Foundation, an organisation dedicated to benefiting vulnerable children around the world by making grants to community-based arts and education projects.

Paul Pledger