To mark the 20th anniversary of his Supernatural
album and the 50th anniversary of his Woodstock performance, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Carlos Santana has announced he'll hit the road with his band this summer on what he’s calling the Supernatural Now tour. The three-month, 29-date celebration will come to Blossom
on Aug. 7.
The Doobie Brothers will open the show.
"Both [Woodstock and the Supernatural
album] were monumental moments in my life,” says Santana in a press release announcing the tour. “Woodstock and Supernatural
took me to places I never dreamed were possible. I embraced those incredible moments in my life with all my heart. Both were supreme lessons in maintaining focus, heart and integrity in every step every day and to strive to better oneself with a high standard on and off the stage."
delivered the chart-topping singles "Smooth" and "Maria Maria” and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.
, I felt I had a masterpiece of joy in my heart," says Santana. "While we were creating the album, I knew we were touching upon something inspiring and that we were creating music that was timeless, like Marvin Gaye's What's Going On
or Bob Marley's Exodus
. But no one was prepared for the Supernatural
spiritual virus that moved across the world. The album touched little kids and grandparents and all points in between."
Santana’s appearance at Woodstock has withstood the test of time and is generally regarded as one of the festival’s best performances.
"I'll never forget the way the music sounded, bouncing up against a field of bodies," says Santana. "It's well documented that I was tripping during our performance. At one point, the guitar turned into an electric snake, twisting and turning. I kept willing the snake not to move and praying that it stayed in tune. By the time we played 'Soul Sacrifice,' I was able to breathe and focus, and the band crystalized as one."
Santana will highlight songs from both his Supernatural
and Woodstock eras on the Supernatural Now tour, and the band (which also features Santana's wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, on drums) will perform new tracks from Santana's soon-to-be released EP, In Search of Mona Lisa
as well as tracks from a full-length produced by Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash).
"We're always moving forward, and we have incredible new songs and melodies that will inspire you," says Santana. "I feel like a 20-year-old on stage playing with this band, and they deliver on every song. When we hit the stage, we know we will touch your heart and make you dance, sing, cry, laugh and leave your baggage behind. The shows will be well balanced between the hits of yesterday, today and tomorrow…with energy."
Tickets go on sale on Jan. 25.