Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rod Stewart Delivers but Santana Steals the Show at Scottrade Center

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rod Stewart Delivers but Santana Steals the Show at Scottrade Center

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Carlos Santana answered what many music fans wondered about his sharing a bill with Rod Stewart on a tour that came to Scottrade Center on Friday night.

What the two legends have in common has been asked often, Santana pointed out. "We both play black music for white people," Santana said to applause and laughter.

The Latin jam great and the classic rocker joined forces on stage at one point during the evening for their joint take on Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind," a fine coming together of two disparate artists .

Stewart and Santana each performed separate, full sets beginning with Santana's sizzling, jubilant, percussive sounds you literally wished would never end.

Master guitarist Santana's show-stealing set was all about nailing the groove, and in the case of this 75-minute Latin party, he and his musicians including his wife, Cindy Blackman-Santana, and singer Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay burrowed deep into that groove.

Forget about the massive crossover hits such as "Smooth" and "Maria Maria," obvious crowd pleasers that got the mostly older, tranquil audience members moving.

Where it was at was with songs such as "Black Magic Woman," "Oye Como Va" and "Jingo" (featuring footage of tribal African dancers), gems that never get old.

Santana, whose new album is "Corazon," brought up Isley Brothers singer Ronald Isley, who attended the show with his family and friends. (Isley's sister-in-law Kimberly Johnson Breaux is one of Stewart's three backing singers.)

It was a super impromptu moment in which Santana clearly caught Isley on the spot. "Santana got me up here. I don't know what I'm doing," Isley said after humming along, before finding his groove when he gave the crowd bits of "Who's That Lady" and "It's Your Thing."

This deep into his career, it's clear it's still Santana's thing.

Stewart was more of the flashy showman, the spiky-haired Brit with the shiny colored suits, blond female musicians in a number of short dresses and airborne soccer balls. …

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