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Carlos Santana Launches First Rock Residency Show At ‘The Joint’

LAS VEGAS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Signing on as the first rock and roll
resident artist in Las Vegas, Carlos Santana brings his legendary talent to
The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & 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.

"Bringing Santana to The Joint at Hard Rock elevates the entertainment
options in Las Vegas," said John Meglen, president & co-CEO of AEG Live/
Concerts West. "AEG Live set the standard for major residency shows in Vegas
with Celine, Elton, Cher and Bette over at The Colosseum, and now we are
setting the standard for rock and roll residencies with this new deal."

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.

"The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is thrilled to be the first to house a true
rock resident show at our brand-new, state-of-the-art venue The Joint," said
Randy Kwasniewski, president and COO of Morgans Hotel Group Las Vegas and
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. "We look forward to launching the new facility
with quality concerts and Santana at the helm of our entertainment

"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-we'll mix up a little practical spirituality with a rebel-from-the-street vibe,
and with lots of incredible music. 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."

Best known for the group that bears his name, Carlos Santana has been
reinventing the international musical landscape with the sonic charge of his
guitar for nearly four decades. Over the course of his rewarding career,
Santana has sold more than 90 million records, and performed to more than
100 million people globally. He has won eleven GRAMMY Awards.
In 2000, his 36th album Supernatural became the most honored album of all
time winning 9 Grammy's for a single project. In 1998, Santana was ushered
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and since then has been recognized by
Rolling Stone as among the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and "100
Greatest Artists of All Time". Santana has also won three Latin GRAMMY
Awards, and in 2004, he received the Latin Recording Academy's prestigious
"Person of the Year" honor. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers