Led by the Mexican-American award-winning guitarist, Carlos Santana, Santana is a band which blends together Latin, rock, blues, salsa, jazz and African rhythms to create the most unique sounds. After their breakthrough performance at a little festival called Woodstock, Santana became instant giants on the Latin rock music scene. True to their roots, The eight time Grammy winners led by Carlos Santana, still play the psychedelic, jazz and Latin influenced music that made them stand out in that muddy field so long ago.
Today, the group is one of the most respected bands in the music industry with Santana tickets selling out like hot cakes as soon as they go on sale. Currently, the Latin group is out on its Divination Tour that is expected to last all the way towards the end of 2018. And owing to the overwhelming demand, four more shows were just added to the spring part of the tour – in Windsor, Ontario and in Cape Town and Johannesburg. If you haven’t purchased your Santana tickets to date, you ought to do so at the earliest!
Formation and Early Career
Santana was created in 1966 as the Santana Blues Band in San Francisco, with the assistance of guitarist, Tom Fraser. The initial group consisted of Carlos Santana on lead guitar, Rod Harper on drums, Marcus Malone on percussion, Gregg Rolie on lead vocals and Hammond organ B3 and Gus Rodriguez on the bass guitar. By the time the group started working on its debut album, Santana, Malone had already left the band. And the band had been told by an event promoter that their Latin infusion music would never make it in the San Francisco music market.
Breakthrough with Woodstock
Santana got its big breakthrough after it was added to the lineup for the Woodstock Festival, upon the insistence of Bill Graham, a Latin Music aficionado who had been a huge fan of the band since its inception. Santana’s appearance at the Woodstock Festival ended up becoming the show stopper of the night – in particular, the instrumental “Soul Sacrifice” featuring a drum solo by Michael Shrieve became wildly popular following the show.
This overwhelming success soon led to a record deal with Columbia and within a few week of its release in 1969, Santana’s debut LP, peaked at No. 4 on the charts. The single “Evil Ways” was a Top 10 hit in the early 1970s.
More Music and More Success
Soon after the success of their debut work, Santana began working on their next LP, Abraxas. This musical compilation was an equally big success, peaking at number 1 on the US Billboard 200. The single, “Black Magic Woman” peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The next album, Santana III was released in September 1971 and also reached No. 1 on the US Billboard 200. This album was the last album to feature the Woodstock-era lineup. After the release of this album, there were multiple lineup changes. These were followed by the release of the fourth album, Caravanserai, which debuted at number 8.
More than a year after the release of Caravanserai, the band released their album, Welcome. The album peaked at number 25 on the Billboard 200, the lowest position achieved by the band in their career. Welcome, along with the album that followed after it, called Borboletta, saw a slight downfall in the band’s sales.
However, the band returned to its success streak with the release of 1976’s Amigos, which reached number 10 on the US charts and also charted in the top 10 in multiple other countries. 1977’s Moonflower was also a big success – possibly the group’s most successful effort since the release of Santana III.
The Next Generation of Santana’s Music
After a long, seven-year hiatus from music making, the band returned with a highly successful album, Supernatural. The album opened at number 10 on the Billboard 200 and eventually peaked at number 1. The album was certified 15 times platinum and sold an impressive 30 million copies all over the world. This album also won big at the Grammys, grabbing a total of nine awards, including the award for the Album of the Year.
The next album, Shaman, was released in October 2002 and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200. All That I Am, released in 2005 debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200.
In recent years, the Santana had a reunion of the classic lineup – the musicians who were a part of the band in the Woodstock era. The much anticipated album, Santana IV, that featured the classic 1970s lineup was released in April 2016 and received very positive responses. Working with Santana IV team was quite an amazing experience for the lead singer, as he said "It was magical, we didn't have to try to force the vibe – it was immense. From there, we then needed to come up with a balance of songs and jams that people would immediately identify as Santana."
Awards and Nominations by Santana
Santana has won many awards over the years, including ten Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards. The group has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and their works have been entered in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Lead singer, Carlos Santana was inducted into the NAACP Image Hall of Fame and has also gotten a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to these, Carlos Santana has received accolades not relevant to his contributions to music – the UCLA Cesar E. Chavez Spirit Award and the Patrick Lippert Award, both awarded to him for his various social engagements.
The group won the American Music Award for the Favorite Pop/Rock Album for Supernatural in 2000 and won two Amigo Awards in the same year, for the Best International Band and for the Best International Album for Santana. Santana also won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award in 2000 for the Favorite Artist or Group in the Rock category.
2000 was truly the year for Santana as it won eight Grammy Awards in a single night. These included a Record of the Year Award for “Smooth” with Rob Thomas, Album of the Year Award and the Best Rock Album award for Supernatural and the Best Pop Vocal Collaboration with Vocals for “Love of My Life” with Dave Matthews and Carter Beauford.
In addition to the Grammy Awards, the group has also won many other honors, including the Chicano Music Awards, the Echo, the CHCI Medallions of Excellence, CBS Record’s Crystal Globe Award, Brit Awards, Billboard Century Awards and APRA Awards.
With so many awards and honors to their name, you really can’t afford to miss the upcoming shows by the band.
Santana Tour Tickets
Fans waiting on news regarding Santana tour tickets would be delighted to know that the group just added some new dates to its most anticipated Divination Tour, currently happening across different cities in the world. Upcoming shows will see the artist hold shows in Oregon and Washington, followed by the Divination Tour shows in Canada and South Africa.
Santana will then be headed back to the stated in May, to hold a series of shows in Las Vegas after which they will move on to Europe. The group will wrap up its 2018 performances with another series of shows in Las Vegas in November. So you have plenty of chances to catch this iconic band live in action. Get your tickets at the earliest and don’t miss out!