Rod Laver Arena:
Carlos Santana is easily recognisably one of the best guitarists in the world. With his distinctive Latin sounds the crowd was clearly there to dance.
Walking onto the stage with gold Buddha’s flashing on the screen and incense burning , Santana picks up his signature Paul Reid Smith gold top, a guitar that he makes sing like no other. Its almost an extension of his body and s he roams the stage electric sounds wail from the instrument.
Playing through the hits ” Maria, Maria”, ” Shine” , and ” Foo Foo” ha also throws in a number of covers surprisingly Enya’s ” Orinoco Flow ( Sail Away)”
and Fleetwood Mac classic ” Black Magic Woman”.
His entire band are part of a team, bringing the Latin party to Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena but also promotes investing in ‘ Blue skies, love, birds, the children and the best of humanity’ He tells the audience that ‘together we can make a difference beyond constitutions, Government and religion.’ He brings to the stage music and a unique spirituality, pure and innocence.
Leading into the Encore, images of Woodstock flash up on the screen and the audience are up and dancing. Drummer Cindy Blackman is an absolute sensation on the drums, pumping out a massive solo to lead into crowd favourite ” Smooth”.
Carlos Santana has a unique talent with his axe that has always managed to impress not only fellow musicians but has proved to be a winner with audiences for over four decades, the guitar shaman casting a spell on audiences all over the world.
This week Santana hit the Bluesfest stage to headline the festival in Byron Bay.
Photography and Review by Amanda Lee Starkey