Scene News: Santana Live In Concert Across Australia With Special Guests The Doobie Brothers

Legendary guitar virtuoso, multi Grammy Award winner and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, CARLOS SANTANA, and his band SANTANA, will take in five huge dates across the country on his Transmogrify Tour. The tour will kick off at Perth Arena on Friday 7th April before heading to Adelaide’s Botanic Park on Sunday 9th April, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday 11th April and Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Thursday 13th April. Santana’s Australian dates wrap up in the nation’s capital on Saturday 15th April at the Royal Theatre. Tickets are on sale Tuesday 29th November at 12 noon local time.

SANTANA previously toured Australia in 2011, including a one-off show in the Hunter Valley with The Doobie Brothers, returning in 2013 for national shows with The Steve Miller Band. Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, SANTANA returns to our shores performing songs from over four decades of his career including hits and songs of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

The mighty DOOBIE BROTHERS will join Santana as Special Guests on the Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney dates, adding to both artist’s already announced appearances on the mammoth bill for the 28th Annual Bluesfest in Byron Bay. A global enduring favourite of the 1970’s, The Doobie Brothers combine a touch of blues, and plenty of soul and rock ‘n roll to create their nostalgic Californian rock sound. Their celebrated back catalogue of music includes hits like ‘Listen To The Music’, ‘Long Train Runnin’, ‘What A Fool Believes’ and so many more.

Rounding out a vibrant three-act bill for a special one-off performance at Adelaide’s Botanic Park on Sunday 9th April is local icon RUSSELL MORRIS. Known for his global 1969 hit ‘The Real Thing’, Russell has in recent years received widespread acclaim for his Australiana blues trilogy of albums.

The passion infused, melodic sound of CARLOS SANTANA’s guitar is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades – from Santana’s earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco – Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries.

From Woodstock to the Hollywood Bowl and everywhere in between, CARLOS SANTANA is one of the most prolific and influential guitarists of all time. In a career spanning more than forty years, Santana has sold in excess of 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts across the globe, with no less than ten Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards to his name. 1999’s Supernatural album saw Santana chalk up a record-tying nine Grammy’s for a single project, including awards for Album of the Year and Record of the Year for ‘Smooth’. Among many other honours, Rolling Stone has cited Carlos Santana as #15 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

April 2016 heralded the release of SANTANA’s 24th studio album, Santana IV, featuring sixteen all-new tracks and claiming a No.5 Billboard Top 200 debut. Fans were thrilled to have the original late-1960’s lineup featured on the record, the same band that performed at Woodstock; Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums).

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS’ legacy has been built not just on hit records, but also on an unrivalled commitment to musical integrity and a steadfast allegiance to their enthusiastic fan base. The band’s ability to evolve in a constantly changing industry and connections to generations of listening audiences is a testament to their craft. With founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, and 30 year-plus veteran John McFee, The Doobies will be performing as a seven-piece band including Bill Payne, Ed Toth, John Cowan and Marc Russo.

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, have won four Grammy Awards and sold more than 48 million records worldwide (including three multi-platinum, seven platinum and fourteen gold albums). Their 1976 Best of the Doobies has sold more than 12 million copies, earning rare RIAA Diamond status. Their No.1 gold certified singles ‘Black Water’ (1974) and ‘What A Fool Believes’ (1979) lead a catalogue of hits that includes ‘Listen To The Music’, ‘Jesus Is Just All Right’, ‘Rockin’ Down The Highway’, ‘Long Train Runnin’, ‘China Grove’, ‘Take Me In Your Arms’, ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’, ‘Minute By Minute’, ‘You Belong To Me’ and ‘The Doctor’. In all, The Doobies have tallied five Top 10 singles and sixteen Top 40 hits.

SANTANA will touch down in Australia with Special Guests THE DOOBIE BROTHERS straight off the back of a multi-year residency at the famous House of Blues in Las Vegas. He will be set to ignite stages across the country once again, with a style that fuses Latin rock, blues, soul and jazz, transcending time and the limits of genre typecasting.

SANTANA plays a standalone show at Canberra’s Royal Theatre, Saturday 15thApril. Dynamic young indie artist, TASH SULTANA, will join Santana at this intimate show. Tash has been making waves across Australia this year, generating massive street buzz and creating a legion of fans with her carefully crafted, edgy fusion of multi-instrumental pieces that see the songstress shift from singing to beat boxing, combined with her unique percussion styled finger-tapping guitar.

 will be takin’ it to the streets of Brisbane, playing their own intimate one-off show at The Tivoli on Sunday 16th April.

Chugg Entertainment members will have the opportunity to access pre-sale tickets starting Friday 25th November at 12 noon Local Time.
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Brought to you by Pure Gold, Mix 102.3 Adelaide, 4KQ Brisbane, Mix 106.3 Canberra, Mix 94.5 Perth, Channel 9 WA & Chugg Entertainment

Friday 7th April – Perth Arena (All Ages)
*With Special Guests The Doobie Brothers or 132 849

Sunday 9th April – Botanic Park  
*With Special Guests The Doobie Brothers and Russell Morris or 136 100

Tuesday 11th April – Rod Laver Arena (All Ages)
*With Special Guests The Doobie Brothers or 132 849

Thursday 13th April – Qudos Bank Arena (All Ages)
*With Special Guests The Doobie Brothers or 132 849

Saturday 15th April – Royal Theatre (All Ages)
*With Special Guest Tash Sultana or 132 849

Saturday 15th April – *DOOBIE BROTHERS

Sunday 16th April – *SANTANA


Sunday 16th April – The Tivoli (18+) or 136 100

Tuesday 18th April – Vector Arena (All Ages)
*With Special Guests The Doobie Brothers or 0800 111 999

Thursday 20th April – TSB Bank Arena (All Ages) or 0800 TICKETEK (0800 842 538)

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