Neal Schon helped bring back the Bill Graham style DOG concert from the 80's which were the beginning of the outdoor stadium shows we know today. Teaming up with Live Nation and the Bill Graham Foundation the first "New" DOG was presented with amazing success. The lineup was pure San Francisco Rock Royalty with groups that lived at the Fillmore, The Avalon Ballroom, Winterland, or Golden Gate Park beginning from the 60's and into Rock & Roll history. Tower of Power started the day followed by The Doobie Brothers, Steve Miller Band, Santana and Journey.
I thought this would be sensory overload but the day went by fairly quick with each group playing hit after hit after hit. The gray haired audience reliving their youth sang every song because they knew the words they learned from long ago. Another thing that happened this day was the amount of people you ran into sharing the day and stories with you, including our lovely ticket winners, pictured below.
The one turn from this formula turned out to be the big surprise for Latin Rock Nation. Carlos Santana was joined on stage by Jorge Santana. That was not the surprise. Jorge had joined his brother on stage many times before, which was even chronicled in the concert film "Sacred Fire".
The twist was Santana performed the Malo hit "Suavecito" written and recorded by Richard Bean on Malo's debut record. That song launched the band as the little brother to big brother Santana, yet always in the shadow of big brother. For what ever reason the song was played, it was seen as a tribute and recognition of little brother at the SF gathering of bands that started it all. Neal Schon and other speakers mentioned that this was just the start of these shows. Waiting for the next one to relive the past experiences by all in attendance.
"Santana IV: Live At The House of Blues - Las Vegas" is a new DVD+2CD package that will be released October 21.
Captured on March 21, 2016 in Las Vegas, a few weeks prior to the release of the Santana IV album, the performance features the classic lineup of Santana - Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie, Michael Schrieve and Michael Carabello joined by Karl Perazzo, Benny Rietveld, David K. Matthews and special guest vocalist Ronald Isley.
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