Santana Plans Vegas Greatest Hits Shows

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Santana has announced more than 20 shows for 2017 in their ongoing residency at Las Vegas’ House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Calling this leg of the residency “An Intimate Evening with Santana: The Greatest Hits Live,” due to the small 1,800-seat room in which they will perform, the band (Carlos Santana and his regular current musicians) will begin its latest run with several dates beginning on May 17, return for more in September, and then again in November. Santana Fan Club presale tickets for these shows go on sale tomorrow, January 10, at 10 a.m. PST. Go here for Fan Club sales and info and here for Ticketmaster.

Santana also previously announced two shows in Oklahoma at Choctaw Grand Theater in July. Santana Fan Club presale tickets for these shows go on sale January 12 at 10 a.m. CST.

Related: Our review of Santana IV, the 2016 reunion album featuring several members of the classic ’70s lineup

And there are two shows planned for Australia: April 7 and April 9 in Adelaide.

In other Santana-related news, Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas revealed in an interview with Music-News.com that he almost didn’t get to sing the vocal on Santana’s smash 1999 hit “Smooth” which Thomas wrote. According to the article, Thomas said, “When we finished the song, which we called ‘Smooth,’ the conversation came around to who should sing it. My first thought was George Michael. In fact, I’d had George in my head when I recorded the vocals in the first place. If you listen to the melody and the cadence, it’s an attempt to emulate his style.” As the article notes, Santana passed on the idea and urged Thomas to sing on his own song.

Related: Best Classic Bands’ interview with Michael Shrieve, Santana’s Woodstock-era drummer

The Vegas dates are as follows:
May 17 , 19, 20, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28
Sep 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24
Nov 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12

Watch the trailer for Santana IV’s Live at the House of Blues

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