Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Astonishing Pope of Psychedelia ; Santana Manchester Arena

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Astonishing Pope of Psychedelia ; Santana Manchester Arena

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SANTANA start playing before the whole band is on stage - blasting out on one of only three UK stops on their world tour.

It's the perfect hot summer night for their famous fusion of rock and latin music - they're a dance band with an audience willing to dance and they play in a way that says they simply adore jamming together.

It's only four songs in that Carlos Santana appears to notice the crowd, greeting them in his trademark whimsical fashion.

Dressed all in white, hands raised in blessing and discussing Will and Kate's child like a messiah, it's easy to mistake the hero of Woodstock for a psychedelic pope. All of a sudden he says 'whadup, man?' and the spell is broken.

The band's sound comes from the combination of Carlos' blues guitar and the percussion's sexy latin beats. Carlos has left vocals to two guys with maracas in polo-shirts, allowing him to, as Prince once said, 'play prettier than Hendrix'. …

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