Carlos Santana. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Carlos Santana. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

EXCLUSIVE: Santana Reforms Santana

by Paul Cashmere on February 22, 2013

in Live,News

Carlos Santana has confirmed he is putting the original Santana band together for his next album.

Carlos Santana. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Carlos Santana. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

In an interview with Noise11.com Carlos said that he is putting the line-up from the first three albums back together for his next record. “So far we have invited the original members like Greg Rolie from the first three albums,” he told Noise11. “It will be like Santana IV because we stopped at ‘Santana III’”.

Journey’s Neal Schon broke the news of the reunion to Noise11 this week and Carlos has confirmed that he has just about everyone on board for the project. “As well as Neal we have the two Mikes, Mike Carabello and Michael Shrieve. I am pretty sure Greg’s going to do it. So that is pretty much everyone,” he says.

Bass player David Brown passed away in 2000.

According to Carlos, the album will have the African feel of the first three Santana records. “We have been checking out a lot of African music, African patterns,” he says. “Each artist has his own thing that he listens to. Led Zeppelin listened to Otis Rush. Cream listened to Freddie King and Albert King. We all had someone that we listened to. It was a beautiful common ground for Santana to play African music”.

The band will start work on the album after Carlos finishes a big year of touring that will see him head to Deniliquin in New South Wales next month for the Deni Blues and Roots Festival. He says to “expect it in 2014”.

The Deni Blues & Roots Festival will take place over the Easter long weekend. The festival also features Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Cliff, Jason Mraz, Steve Miller Band, Zac Brown Band, Status Quo, Newton Faulkner and Tony Joe White.

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