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Santana - MEN Arena,  Manchester (UK) - 18th July 2013

Times are certainly hard financially speaking and it shows in no better way than with ticket sales. Earlier in the year I saw another revered and iconic guitarist – perhaps the greatest living guitar player – Eric Clapton – at the Manchester Arena, and the top tier was curtained off. My first time seeing Santana and it's the same story; though there were even more free seats available. Still, the performance was stunning. Having recently announced a reunion of the classic line-up featuring Gregg Rolie, (vocals, keyboards), Neal Schon (guitars), Michael Shrieve (drums), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Benny Rietveld (bass), Santana is on the road with 'The Sentient Tour' in support of last year's 'Shape Shifter' album before the reunion goes into full swing. His current group of musicians were exemplary and a special nod must go towards singers Tony Lindsay and Andy Vargas, though the band were on the whole, simply outstanding. The sound was terrific and the audience were on their feet dancing to the groovy Latin beats.

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Opening with 'Toussaint L'Overture', Santana then played intoxicating versions of 'Black Magic Woman', 'Oye Coma Va', 'Maria Maria' and 'Jingo', He even threw in a cover of Cream's 'Sunshine Of Your Love'. For two hours Santana and his musicians were on fire. Some of his music could certainly benefit from female voices but that's only a minor observation. Other songs included 'Foo Foo', 'Soul Sacrifice' and 'Smooth'. My only real complaint is the banter in between songs when Santana felt it necessary to talk about God and how we're all blessed. He looked and sounded a bit awkward, and didn't really make much sense; even some of the crowd weren't too keen on hearing his religious zeal. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic show; lively, fun and filled with great music.

Neil Daniels

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