Carlos Santana enjoys global success with new tour

Just weeks before the guitar icon is set to rock Malta with a massive three-hour live concert on Sunday, July 24, Santana’s Guitar Heaven World Tour 2011 continues to drive thousands of fans crazy.

Just weeks before the guitar icon is set to rock Malta with a massive three-hour live concert on Sunday, July 24 together with his band, Santana’s Guitar Heaven World Tour 2011 continues to drive thousands of fans crazy as the legend makes his way around the globe, before kicking off a two-month itinerary in Europe this June and July.

 
The European dates kick off on June 13 with a show in Finland which will be followed by concerts in Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy and Malta amongst others. The Malta concert, which will be held at The Granaries in Floriana and offers one of the most beautiful backdrops in a venue that is now world-famous, is being touted as one of the highlights of Santana’s world tour.


The Malta concert is expected to feature not only classic hits from throughout Santana’s four-decades-long career, but also spotlight songs from Carlos and the group’s latest album, Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time¬ (2010, Arista Records). With the release of this album, Santana joined the Rolling Stones as one of only two music acts in Billboard chart history to score at least one Top Ten album in every decade from the 1960s through the present.  


Guitar Heaven is Santana’s 29th Billboard Top 200-charting release, 12th Top Ten album debut, and third Top 10 debut in the past five years. It continues Carlos Santana’s collaboration with the legendary Clive Davis, with whom he co-produced, along with Howard Benson and Matt Serletic. The album’s 12 guitar-centric tracks feature a who’s who of guest vocalists, with highlights including the first single, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, featuring India.Arie and Yo Yo Ma accompanying Santana.


Ever since the group emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area music scene in the late 1960s, 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, including a record-tying nine for a single project, 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for ‘Smooth’). In 1998, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose website notes: “Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rock’s true virtuosos and guiding lights.” Among many other honors, Carlos Santana has also been cited by Rolling Stone Magazine as #15 on its list of the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’.


The Malta concert is sponsored by Vodafone and Malta International Airport. Tickets, starting from €35, are available from www.nngpromotions.com or from Vodafone retail outlets.


Over the recent years, NnG Promotions have established themselves as the  leading promoters of large scale concerts involving  top international artists including Joseph Calleja, Roger Waters, Brian Adams, Sting, Elton John, Eros Ramazzotti, Duran Duran, Michael Bolton, Tom Jones, Abba – The Show and Laura Pausini.


For more information, log on www.nngpromotions.com or www.facebook.com/nngpromotions.

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It's wonderful that Carlos stills performs the classics; each performance offers a new take on them. Though a signature song of Santana, “Black Magic Woman” was originally a bluesy UK hit by Fleetwood Mac, written by guitarist Peter Green. Carlos Santana made it “completely new, totally familiar” by adding Latin rhythms and Gabor Szabo’s “Gypsy Queen.” My Rockaeology blog at http://bit.ly/lP6Trd tells how Peter Green transformed an Otis Rush song into what would become a rock classic.

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