Carlos Santana, left, and Rod Stewart together on tour.
By Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Carlos Santana has worked with a lot of fine singers (from Greg Rolie back in the day to Rob Thomas) and Rod Stewart has sung alongside some famed guitarists (including Jeff Beck and Ron Wood), but the two have never crossed paths in any meaningful way.
Over the next four months, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers share a stage on the 18-city The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs tour, which stops at the Consol Energy Center tonight.
The 69-year-old Stewart, who first arrived on the scene as a member of the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces, topped the charts in 1970 with his solo smash “Maggie May” and has had a long hit-filled career, ranging from those early folk-rock songs to trashier late ’70s hits like “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “Hot Legs” to more his recent “Great American Songbook” series. The latest move for the bleached blond legend was a step away from the oldies to return to original rock with last year’s “Time.”
Santana, well-known for the fiery guitar work he displayed at Woodstock, has also varied his career from blazing instrumentals like “Europa” to pop hits like “Smooth” to his latest Latin project “Corazon.”
Asked about his common ground with Rod the Mod, the 66-year-old guitarist told ABC News Radio, “We both love Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holliday and Mahalia Jackson. So we immerse ourselves into the same music, which is Americana music, black music, rhythm ’n’ blues or gospel [and] some jazz here and there. So, I’m not surprised that he loves the same thing, ’cause you could hear it in his voice — there’s so much Sam Cooke in there, you know?”
The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 to $149.50; www.ticketmaster.com.
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