Santana.comOn Sunday, Santana and The Allman Brothers kicked off their first-ever joint tour with a concert in Darien Lake, New York. The trek will be a brief one, as the groups will play a total of six shows together in the northeastern U.S., wrapping things up July 30 in Columbia, Maryland.
Speaking recently with ABC News Radio, Carlos Santana shared what it means to him to play alongside the revered Southern rock outfit.
"I really feel honored, really grateful, and happy that after all these years we are doing a tour together," he declares. "They are very legendary and they have their own galaxy, their own vision."
Carlos also revealed that fans making it out to the shows can expect some onstage collaborations. He notes that in preparation for the gigs, "I sent [guitarists] Derek [Trucks] and Warren [Haynes] and [frontman] Gregg Allman close to 12 songs that hopefully will resonate with their heart."
One of the tunes Santana says he's hoping to play with The Allmans is a rendition of Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel," but done in a "Southern shuffle-like" style.
Carlos tells ABC News Radio that someday he'd like to record an album of original music with The Allman Brothers, and also mentioned another classic-rock band with whom he'd love to work -- The Doors. In fact, Carlos reveals, that he's planning to participate in a special show featuring some of The Doors' members that's set to take place August 16 in Los Angeles. The event he's talking about likely is one of the performances being held in conjunction with the Sunset Strip Music Festival, which this year is celebrating the music and legacy of The Doors.
As for what he admires about The Doors, Carlos says, "They were a combination of two things, John Coltrane and John Lee ******. That's why I love them."
He also praises the versatility of the band's guitarist, Robby Krieger. "Robby was like George Harrison," maintains Carlos. "He could go from Michael Bloomfield to [Andres] Segovia."
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