Santana Launches Exclusive Las Vegas Residency

Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits to debut May 27

Carlos Santana
Signing on as the first rock & roll resident artist in Las Vegas, Carlos Santana brings his legendary talent to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino through a multi-year deal with AEG Live. Through 2010, The Joint will be the only place west of the Mississippi where fans can see Santana perform. Titled to pay homage to his most successful body of work to date, Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits debuts on Wednesday May 27 and features the artist's signature fusion sound in a show designed exclusively for the new venue.

Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits will feature career-spanning classics inspired by a mix of practical spirituality, a rebel-from-the-street vibe and passionate, virtuoso guitar playing. The set list will include a nostalgic collection of touchstone tracks reaching back as far as the first charting single "Jingo" (1969) and first Top 10 hit "Evil Ways" (1970), up through the latest hit, "Into The Night." Naturally, Carlos Santana will be accompanied by his band members Chester Thompson (keyboards), Karl Perazzo (timbales), Benny Rietveld (bass), Dennis Chambers (drums), Raul Rekow (congas), Andy Vargas (vocals), Tony Lindsay (vocals), Tommy Anthony (rhythm guitar), Jeff Cressman (trombone) and Bill Ortiz (trumpet). The stage design and production will be created by Frank The Plumber, which recently designed Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour set.

"It is a great honor for Santana to be the first resident performer at the new Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Because I still live the principles of the 1960s, and because I'm a hippie at heart, 'A Trip Through The Hits' is designed to bring everyone in the audience together as one," said Carlos Santana. "I invite you to join our experience — my wish is for it to be a night that will move you to dance, to cry, to laugh and to feel the totality and fullness of being alive."

Santana will play approximately 36 shows per year at The Joint, with a show time of 9 p.m. Tickets for performances through September go on-sale Wednesday, April 1. Prices range from $79-$299 and can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. For groups of 20 or more, call the Hard Rock Box Office at (702) 693- 5233.

Let's hope they bring some of that wicked Latin-funk stuff too...

For more on Santana, check our exclusive interview Spirit Talk with Carlos Santana and our show review from The Fillmore here.

[Published on: 4/1/09]

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Treetophigh Wed 4/1/2009 02:11PM
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cut 30 to 40 dollars off the ticket price

then we will talk...

Hotchkiss star Wed 4/1/2009 03:10PM
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Saw Santana back in the 96', YAWN!!! Ottmar Libert opened, his set was super awesome.

-Nomad- Wed 4/1/2009 03:16PM
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saw santana and phish that was fun except trey had them turn him way down

nomemory Wed 4/1/2009 03:18PM
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residency in vegas? love santana, but that's a bit tom jone's-ish.

daveapaug Wed 4/1/2009 03:27PM
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Santana was the first show I ever saw. I got on the Bus at Garden Stats Arts Center, Holmdel N.J. in 1983 or 84, and I aint getting off any time soon. Thank you Steve Welitoff, wherever you are.

D-Line Wed 4/1/2009 03:44PM
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santana is awesome, its just the cheesy people he has singing for him that suck.

Broesau Wed 4/1/2009 04:49PM
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Yup, sounds about right.

cliftonhanger420 Wed 4/1/2009 05:09PM
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saw Santana around 2000/2001, not sure exactly, but it was from his Supernatural tour. i saw more green at the YES and RUSH concerts, same venue. he's a great guitarist, but i'm sure he played the same show everynight.

Kindskatz Wed 4/1/2009 05:10PM
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really, really sad that Santana is reduced to this. And the tix prices are offensive.

torn&treyed Wed 4/1/2009 05:21PM
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its prob wayy cheaper than touring

4truez star Wed 4/1/2009 05:34PM
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he should change his name to santelvis what a sell out & what a joy to play the same songs over & over i would be afraid my ears would start bleeding or some thing like that this stinks

Jenny Jen starstarstarstar Wed 4/1/2009 05:56PM
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Jenny Jen

I've attended over 15 Santana shows dating back to 92. He has NEVER had any cult-like "following" or a devoted mass to the extent where he wouldn't make a decision like this. People that go to his shows are more often either first-timers there to hear "Smoothe" and "Maria Maria," 40-50 something Chicanos who want to hear "Evil Ways," really old hippies who just want to be on the lawn, or basic randoms who get invited. The man is a LIVING. FUCKING. LEGEND. His approach in terms of his career overall in the last 10 years (clothing line, Milagro Foundation, etc.), is COMPLETELY parallel to the move for a Vegas residency (or anywhere for that matter). Now if Neil Young pulled this, of course, that would be a little different. But Santana is in NO WAY in a position to where pretty much ANYTHING he does could be considered "selling out." He was very clear in his goals for "Supernatural," he wanted to collaborate with younger artists to get his message of love through music (etc.) to younger audiences. He did not sell out then, and he is not now. Prince did the SAME thing and completed a residency as well (and then they asked him to headline one of the biggest "indie" fests in the States. :) Fried Neckbones and home fries...jingo-ba.

peaton Wed 4/1/2009 05:59PM
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dennis chambers is one of the best drummers out there. Carlos Santana is one of the best guitarists out there. The economy sucks. Let Santana do whatever the hell he wants, people who go to Vegas are gonna drop a shitload of money anyway, so its either this or down the drain on the slots.

lovemusicfood star Wed 4/1/2009 06:50PM
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I can't believe that he beat The Dead to it.

mattchu Wed 4/1/2009 07:01PM
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thats uncalled for lovemusicfood. but yea, if i make it to vegas, the gambling addict i am should get in for cheaper than whatever the cheapest seats are if them il stuck and floored at the casino trying to get some air after the concert.

audi5000 Wed 4/1/2009 07:21PM
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april fools? please...somone say APRILFOOLS?

echo tribe Wed 4/1/2009 07:30PM
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lol lol lol... how dumb is this...

Might As Well Wed 4/1/2009 07:36PM
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Might As Well

This is a bad joke...

4truez Wed 4/1/2009 07:40PM
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yo phish is playin 5 nights in vegas @ the hard rock APRIL FOOLS!!!!

Ernie57 Wed 4/1/2009 09:03PM
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AEG is ruining live music.

Benjamin Human Thu 4/2/2009 05:46AM
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Vegas is where classic rock goes to die

Sixmilliondollarman Thu 4/2/2009 07:17AM
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There will be many more to follow.

smiley3 Thu 4/2/2009 07:24AM
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Many of you may already know this, but if you like the Santana up through Caravanserai (wonderful album) oddly enough, check out Journey's first album (end it there, because Gregg Rolie made the switch and took a lot of what he developed with Santana)...I would check it out and not buy it...Second, in the context of what was said about Carlos and Phish wherein Carlos was seemingly turned down...Phish is notorious for that ..although a big fan, let your guests play, even if they out play you! I saw them do the samething with D. Trucks and Sam Bush...and I would love hearing Trucks rip other people a new one...

Cola21 Thu 4/2/2009 07:41AM
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I respect Santana's body of work and his unreal talent. But the collaborative albums have GOT to stop. Not as a principle, but he's just sat in the background for the past decade throwing in a couple licks. I want him to make my head spin, not for me to listen to Chad Kroeger and Rob Thomas. I know this comes across like I'm close-minded, but luckily, most of you probably agree with me. I never want to hear "Smooth" ever again.

lovemusical Thu 4/2/2009 08:03AM
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Santana is one of the all time great guitar players, and he is phenominal live, despite the pop audience. I thought it was pretty comical last time I saw him on his "Use Your Light" tour. His performance opens with this very new age video montage about the world descending in to chaos and how light workers through music and love will save it like a bunch of Jedi knights and etc. You get the picture. The 80% corporate, close minded crowd was taken a little bit out of their comfort zone to say the least. After the show people were literally saying how they enjoyed "The Hits" but couldn't stand the "like, politics or whatever". Anyway, Santana is a wonderful musician and human being, but I think he tries to do to much, for to many people. Vegas seems like one of the most unlikely places in the world for him to live, but to each their own.

zeus283 Thu 4/2/2009 08:09AM
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Just a thought. How about Carlos doing whatever the fuk he wants.

He's done more for music, charity, and all around good feelings. Than most people on the planet. Including your precious Trey.

Chill out and enjoy the experiment.

gregboyer star Thu 4/2/2009 08:11AM
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smiley3-Santana hasn't been the same since Gregg Rolie left and neither has Journey. Caravanserai was the last great Santana album and Infinity was the last decent Journey album. Unfortunately cheesy crap like Steve Perry and Rob Thomas are what sells. Vegas as the new retirement home for aging rockers makes it even less appealing than it already was. Carlos right between Celine Dion and Tom Jones-blech!

yourmammaz Thu 4/2/2009 09:11AM
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Santana can do whatever he wants and his drummer is tremendous

golgibartz starstarstarstar Thu 4/2/2009 09:21AM
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Yeah, he can do what ever he wants, doesn't mean its the right choice. This is very lame. Vegas feeds on old, incredible talent, then makes them cheesy and sold out. Boooo to this. And the ticket prices, some one needs a fucking reality check.

chidodger Thu 4/2/2009 11:56AM
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Santana residency...........ALRIGHT, NOW LET'S BRING BACK VEGOOSE!!!!!!

HeyHeyHey1 Thu 4/2/2009 12:17PM
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Thats gotta be boring as shit for santana to play at the same place 70 times in a few years, and 80-300 ticket prices? Hell no. I love santana, and I love his playing, but I don't agree with this.

briank67 star Thu 4/2/2009 01:01PM
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wow, this is lame. and ticket prices starting at $80. ridiculous. and then this?!

"The stage design and production will be created by Frank The Plumber, which recently designed Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour set."

huh?! i could care less about the stage setup, i go to shows for the music. i love the santana's music but still...FAIL.

briank67 Thu 4/2/2009 01:03PM
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oops he's not called 'the santana' haha but anyway yeah, who's planning their trip out to vegas to see santana? [joke]

Melissa Hatchet Thu 4/2/2009 01:31PM
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Carlos is doing the smart thing.

Alex.Anastas star Thu 4/2/2009 06:43PM
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Not a phan of this, Carlos.

Kinda just a reason to become even more of a practical joke.

Way too talented to become a sideshow!

4truez Thu 4/2/2009 09:27PM
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oh what a genius jenny jen i would beg 2 differ put the hula hoop away and focus zen, not jen [zen]

Melissa Hatchet Thu 4/2/2009 10:16PM
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Carlos is setting an excellent example for his contemporaries. Assuming many of them will being following his lead soon.

Parsonsgoggles star Fri 4/3/2009 07:41AM
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Keep him in Vegas, please.

eask starstarstarstarstar Fri 4/3/2009 10:07AM
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he ripeed with panic in '01 at the greek and that's all that matters to me


Chefkroop Fri 4/3/2009 01:34PM
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CARLOS SANTANA RIPS!!!! One of the best shows in america in the last 20 years was the grateful dead and Carlos Santana at the silver bowl in Vegas. It was the largest event to ever come to vegas to this day!!! if you were there you know!! Vegas is super fun, even if you dont gamble, tons of shit to do, and if vegas was good enough for frank sinatra,....i think its an honor, its up to Carlos to blow people away,....the dead are next, and then make way for slayer.......and big deal about the price,...what the hell are you expecting to pay??? stop working at burger king and get a real job,...grow some weed, now thats a stimulus plan that we can all live with:)

mikemac9317 Mon 4/6/2009 07:20AM
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I drink Santana Champ cuz its so crisp!