New live CD includes a
slew of Santana classics.
By Blurt Staff
As we lead-up to the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, word arrives that one of the stars of Woodstock, former Santana
keyboardist Gregg Rolie, is issuing a limited edition CD of his band in concert
in 2007. On the 12-track CD, the Gregg Rolie Band whip up a blistering performance
featuring all your fave Santana hits, as well as tracks from his 2001
critically acclaimed solo CD ‘Roots’ and a few new songs. Songs include “No One To Depend On”,
“Jingo”, “Evil Ways”.
“Black Magic Woman”, “Soul Sacrifice” and others.
Attendees at this year’s SXSW in Austin
who caught the special Woodstock
40th panel got to hear Rolie hold forth on his experiences with
Santana at the storied event. Held at the Austin Convention Center
on March 23rd, along with Santana alumni Michael Shr ieve, Gregg resided on a
discussion panel of performers, filmmakers and key technicians.
The final track on the CD, “Bailamos El Son”, was taken from Gregg
Rolie’s performance on the PBS special Trini
Lopez Presents The Legends of Latin Music. Filmed at the Orpheum Theater in
last October, the program will be aired in June 2009.
Also, the Gregg Rolie band recently performed at the Hard
Rock Cafe New York for the premier of the new ‘Woodstock‘ DVD / Blue-ray release. Audience members were treated to
a guest appearance by drummer Michael Shrieve during the set.
“The first time I played with Gregg
everything just clicked. In a humble way, it was very much like McCartney and
Lennon. You know when there’s chemistry there. Drummers came and went; congeros
came and went, but his feeling and my feeling… sometimes it was hard to tell
who was the needle and who was the thread.” – Carlos Santana
The Gregg Rolie Band consists of founding Santana member
Michael Carabello on Congas, Adrian Areas (son of original Santana percussionist
Jose Chepito Areas) on Timbales, drummer Ron Wikso, Kurt Griffey on guitars, bassist, Chapman
Stick artist and Santana alumni Alphonso Johnson, and former Jean Luc Ponty
keyboardist Wally Minko.
“If you are having a good time at anything you do, you
are going to do a good job at what you do,” Rolie said in a statement. “That’s
really where the key to this band is. We really just enjoy each other a
tremendous amount and have a lot of fun with this. We will get up to playing
about 50 dates a year, and really that’s about all I want to do.”
For more information: www.GreggRolie.com