It’s the summer of concerts that now includes the iconic Carlos Santana, as the multi-Grammy-winning musician has confirmed a show in Israel, 29 years after his last concert.
Presented by promoter Shuki Weiss, the show will take place at Tel Aviv’s HaYarkon Park on July 30, as part of Santana’s world Luminosity Tour.
Santana pulled out of a scheduled 2010 show in Jaffa due to reported scheduling difficulties, presumed at the time to be a result of BDS pressures.
His manager is already attempting to belie those kinds of pressures.
“Carlos Santana is a citizen of the World and he plays his music and spreads his message of Love, Light & Peace wherever he goes,” said Santana manager Michael Vrionis in a statement to the press. “Carlos believes the World should have no borders so he is not detoured or discouraged to play anywhere on this planet. We look forward to performing in Israel this summer.”
Santana’s newest album, “Santana IV” is being released on April 15, and is a studio album reuniting his revered early 1970s Santana band lineup of Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Michael Carabello and Michael Shrive. It’s the first time in 45 years that the quintet has recorded together.
The first single, “Anywhere You Want to Go” was released recently.
Santana went to number one on the US charts in 1999 after a gap of nearly three decades with his album “Supernatural,” which included the hits “Smooth” and “Maria Maria.”
Santana’s last album, 2014’s “Corazon,” featured covers and collaborations with stars including Gloria Estefan.
The 68-year-old musician was born in Mexico and first became famous for his 1970s band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American sound.
He was known for his melody, blues-based guitar work set against Latin rhythm along with percussion instruments timbales and congas, both of which hadn’t been heard before in rock music.
A winner of 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, Santana was listed in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
Tickets go on sale on the Eventim website Sunday, March 20 at 8 am, with early ticket sales for American Express cardholders and Yediot members.