Monday, April 03, 2006

Santana reunion set in Manila

Nestor Cuartero - Tempo

You’ve got to change your evil ways, baby.

The line is a classic from the 1969 song, "Evil Ways," originated by a group known as Santana. Gregg Rolie, one of the band’s lead singers, comes to town towards the end of April to celebrate three nights of romping Santana music.

A co-founder and original lead singer of the seminal super-group, Rolie’s voice is immortalized by his unforgettable lead vocals on such classic Santana hits as "Black Magic Woman," "Evil Ways," "Oye Como Va," "Everybody’s Everything," and many more.

Rolie will lead a group of former Santana members in the Philippine tour which will take them to the Araneta Coliseum on April 28, Clark Expo Field Pampanga on the 29th, and SM Iloilo Car Park on the 30th. The other Santana veterans joining Rolie on the concert tour are Michael Carabello (congas), Alphonso Johnson (bass), and Adrian Areas (timbales).

Rolie’s association with the celebrated Latin rock band started in 1967 when he met Carlos Santana for the first time while hiding from police at a tomato patch. The accidental meeting sparked a relationship that became the foundation for one of the legendary rock bands of the 20th century.

Santana released its debut album in 1969 just weeks after the band gave an electrifying performance at Woodstock. The landmark concert produced a documentary which Rolie now calls ‘the mother of all music videos.’

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