Carlos Santana has announced an extended batch of North American tour dates for this summer, which will see the legendary guitarist celebrating the anniversaries of two career milestones: his iconic performance at Woodstock 50 years ago and his landmark 1999 album, Supernatural.
“I believe in honoring Supernatural and Woodstock in a way that is yesterday, today and tomorrow,” Santana tells Relix. “We have a lot of music for tomorrow as well.”
“For Woodstock, we’re trying to connect as much as possible to honoring and respecting Michael Lang,” Santana explains. “But he was having trouble with the location or the sponsors or whatever, so what I plan to do for Woodstock is to have Santana be the house band and to invite some of the original members and also Joan Baez or members from the Grateful Dead who are here still to honor that day with that particular instrumentation of spirits and souls at that frequency. I’m going to send out invitations, and those who show up will play.
“We’ve been trying to do this thing for the past 10 years, especially for the past four years,” he continues. “However, I’m not trying to do anything other than say, ‘This has to be tangible—where and when.’ But, I couldn’t wait. So I booked myself just in case. If Michael books it and we can still do it, I will gladly show up and be there, but at the same time I can’t wait for a ‘maybe.’”
Tickets for the Supernatural Now tour dates go on sale January 25, the same date that Santana releases his new EP, In Search of Mona Lisa.