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Carlos Santana Putting His Original Band Back Together

February 22nd, 2013 4:21pm EST
Carlos Santana
Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana is reuniting with the original members of his Grammy-winning band Santana to record a new album.

The group has endured numerous line-up changes over the years, but the musician has confirmed founding member Greg Rolie, who went on to put together Journey, is now re-joining following his departure in 1971.

Rolie's Journey's co-star Neal Schon is also returning to Santana, along with percussionists Mike Carabello and Michael Shrieve.

Santana tells, "As well as Neal we have the two Mikes, Mike Carabello and Michael Shrieve. I am pretty sure ...

Santana Set For New Las Vegas Residency

February 23rd, 2012 11:49pm EST
Carlos Santana
Guitar legend Carlos Santana is set to return to Las Vegas for another residency this spring.

The "Black Magic Woman" hitmaker will play a string of shows at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay from May to June and then return to the venue in September for an extended run, which will continue through 2013.

He says, "I am deeply honored that our new home in Las Vegas is The House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. I have long admired their love of the Blues and that it is a world-class entertainment venue. We hope to honor and celebrate the diversity and brotherhood of world culture that the House of Bl...

Motley Crue Confirm Las Vegas Residency

December 2nd, 2011 10:57am EST
Motley Crue
Motley Crue have confirmed reports they will become the first heavy rock band to take on a Las Vegas residency when they play a three-week run in Sin City next year.

Rockers Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars will appear live at the city's Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for a stint kicking off on February 3rd.

They confirmed the news during a TV interview with CNN newsman Piers Morgan on Thursday night.

Frontman Neil tells the host, "We're the first rock band to ever have a residency. There's been bands like, you know, Santana, Elton John, all these kind of acts. But for us, ...

Carlos Santana Lands Tequila Deal

July 13th, 2011 10:26pm EDT
Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana has become the latest star to land his own tequila.

The guitar great has partnered with Casa Noble Tequila and has become a board member and owner of the brand, which is recognised as one of the finest handcrafted spirits in the world.

Casa Noble CEO Jose Hermosillo says, "Santana's love for the spirit of Casa Noble and his commitment to this new partnership is exciting for everyone involved with our brand.

"We have been exploring this partnership for some time. This is a natural synergy; Casa Noble Tequila is deeply rooted in the pursuit of quality, craftsmanship and trad...

The 'Top 10 Best Rock Bands Ever' Are...

February 21st, 2011 11:00am EST
Green Day
Motley Crue, The Cars and Green Day have made it onto a new magazine list of the Top 10 Best Rock Bands ever.

The three acts join the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Santana on the Parade magazine poll.

The Beatles topped the list, and along with Led Zeppelin are the only two that are no longer performing and recording together. The Cars recently reformed and are currently in the studio working on new material.

Green Day is releasing a brand-new live album, entitled "Awesome As F***," on March 22 on Reprise Records. It will include explosive performances captured during the band’...

Carlos Santana Got Married Last Month

January 5th, 2011 12:16pm EST
Carlos Santana
Guitar legend Carlos Santana is a married man again after exchanging vows with Cindy Blackman in a star-studded Hawaiian ceremony.

The Maria Maria hitmaker, 63, wed drummer Blackman on December 19 in front of 180 guests, including comedian George Lopez and musician pals Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, who performed at the nuptials at the Ritz-Carlton in Maui.

The couple released doves "to release our purity and love into the cosmos".

Santana proposed to Blackman, 51, during a concert back in July and now the rocker is looking forward to settling into married life.

He tells,...

Style Watch: Celebrities Fragrances Dominate The Market

August 4th, 2010 6:05am EDT
Celebrity Fragrances
Jennifer Aniston and Mary J. Blige recently joined the ongoing list of celebrities who launch their own personal fragrances. It seems you haven't really made it unless you make an attempt to market your scent in a bottle (or publish a book).

Celebrities have the power to create, or at least have someone else create, anything to promote their name and rake in more money. Clothing, shoes, bags, restaurants and perfumes are just a few ways celebrities brand themselves.

But who started the celebrity fragrance trend? It certainly wasn't Jennifer Lopez or Paris Hilton.

Elizabeth Taylor has lau...

Carlos Santana Proposes Onstage

July 12th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Guitar legend Carlos Santana is engaged after proposing to his drummer girlfriend onstage in Illinois.

The Maria Maria hit-maker, 62, took a break from his set four songs into his performance at Tinley Park on Friday to ask his band mate Cindy Blackman to marry him.

She accepted and the couple sealed the engagement with a kiss as the crowd cheered.

Santana was previously married to Deborah Santana but their 34-year marriage came to an end in 2007.

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Moroccan Festival Organizers Stand By Elton John

May 10th, 2010 8:54pm EDT
Elton John
Elton John will perform as scheduled at an upcoming music festival in Morocco after organizers defied calls from the country's Islamic politicians to ban the openly-gay star from the event.

The Rocket Man found himself at the center of controversy on Friday when members of the Islamist Justice and Development Party called for the singer to be dropped from the Mawazine festival line-up - because of his sexuality.

The activists feel his appearance will "undermine the respect of privacy" and "breach certain values that the international Mawazine festival is based on".

Critics also feared Jo...

2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

February 1st, 2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...

Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' Guitarist, Orianthi, To Release Debut

October 13th, 2009 4:30pm EDT
Orianthi pictures
Introducing Orianthi, the guitar phenomenon who is featured prominently in the upcoming Michael Jackson concert documentary, "This Is It".

Already a renowned musician, Orianthi has been playing guitar since the age of eleven and was discovered by legend Carlos Santana. After playing with artists like Carrie Underwood, ZZ Top, and Prince, she received a MySpace message from Michael Jackson's musical director asking her to audition for his comeback tour. Following a test run with the King of Pop himself, she was selected as his lead guitarist for his O2 arena dates in London - a crowni...

Dina Lohan Designs Her Own Shoeline Called 'Shoe-Han'

October 7th, 2009 12:16pm EDT
Dina Lohan
Dina Lohan, star of the E! show "Living Lohan," as well as mother to actress and starlet Lindsay, is announcing the creation of her new own shoe line, "Shoe-han." She is also becoming a national spokesmodel for the popular retail designer ladies footwear stores.

Other celebrities that have sold millions of shoes include: Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Simpson, Gwen Stefani, Star Jones, and Carlos Santana. hopes to have Dina's shoes available world-wide from coast to coast by Mother's Day. She will be appearing as a shoe fashionista later this on month on tel...

'Rob Thomas: Something To Be Tour - Live At Red Rocks' On DVD June 30

June 25th, 2009 4:05pm EDT
Rob Thomas Live At Red Rocks DVD
The Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado - a legendary venue that has been graced by rock luminaries from The Beatles to U2 - provides the awe-inspiring backdrop for three-time Grammy® Award-winning artist Rob Thomas in his first-ever live performance DVD. Captured in High-Definition and mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound for the acclaimed PBS music series Soundstage, the 18-song concert features seven songs not seen on the original 2007 television broadcast plus the music video for "Streetcorner Symphony," which was also recorded live at this show. A must-own for every Rob Thomas and Matchbox Twe...

Five Classic 1969 Albums By Woodstock Headliners Out June 30

June 25th, 2009 7:30am EDT
The Woodstock Experience cds Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Johnny
The spirit of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair of 1969 resonates 40 summers later, as if it were just yesterday. In 1969, five acts recorded albums for the Columbia, Epic, and RCA labels (divisions of Sony Music Entertainment) and brought their music to Max Yasgur's farm that summer. For the first time, "The Woodstock Experience" couples those albums with music from the festival, providing a pocket portrait of what each artist and band was experiencing during 1969. Available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting June 30th - in newly-designed eco-friendly 2CD packages (see deta...

Rob Thomas Sets Fall Tour Dates In Support Of New Album 'Cradlesong'

June 23rd, 2009 4:04pm EDT
Rob Thomas 2009 Tour Dates
Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Rob Thomas has announced dates for his full-scale tour of North America in support of his new release "Cradlesong" and companion DVD "Live at Red Rocks." The two-month itinerary is slated to kick off on September 23rd at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and end with a multi-night stand at the famed Beacon Theater in New York beginning on November 12th. (See below for full listing of dates.) The tour will include special guests OneRepublic and Carolina Liar. For further information, go to

The new...

Check Out 'Woodstock: 3 Days Of Peace & Music' On DVD June 6

May 30th, 2009 7:49am EDT
"Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music" – the four-hour director’s cut of the 1970 Oscar®-winning documentary about the landmark music event that featured some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll performers in history -- will be released June 9 in a spectacular new limited, numbered Blu-ray and DVD Ultimate Collector’s Edition (UCE).

With two extra hours of rare performance footage - some of it newly-discovered, some only seen in part and some never seen at all - the UCE is destined to make its own history.

Image © 1969 Michael Lang Henry Diltz

Today, four decades later, Woodstoc...

Did Kris Allen Win 'American Idol' Because Of His Looks?

May 21st, 2009 9:11am EDT
Kris Allen
Who says looks don't get you far? Certainly no one who watched last night as Kris Allen took the coveted title of American Idol Season 8 winner. After the announcement, he seemed as shocked as we all were and was left with very little to say.

How is it that Kris Allen was able to take home the grand prize when Lambert is clearly the stronger, more artistic and original singer? Well, Allen is simply more likable. Perhaps because of his looks or perhaps because he is the boy next door. As Lambert was by far the most original, "out of the box" contestant the show has ever seen, All...

'American Idol' Mega Diary - A Blow By Blow Of Last Night's Event

May 21st, 2009 8:37am EDT
American Idol
Two hours, wall-to-wall performances, and the "American Idol" result all in one place? Sounds like the perfect opportunity for a mega diary.

8:00 - Wow, the graphics on the opening with the contestants' name look like they were the group final for a high school A/V class. It never ceases to be amazing how bad the graphics can look on something so prominent.

8:01 - Whose idea was it to dress them both in head-to-toe white? What is this? A Mormon baptism?

8:02 - Joely Fisher with baby: "Hey America, did you know "'Til Death" just got renewed again? Muahahahahaha."


Atlantic Records Signs 'American Idol' Runner-Up Jason Castro

April 14th, 2009 11:30am EDT
Jason Castro
Atlantic Records has announced the signing of singer/songwriter Jason Castro. The Texas-based tunesmith - best known as the third runner-up on the 2008 season of Fox's American Idol - is currently hard at work on his debut album, set for release later this year. Among his creative collaborators are Grammy Award-winning producer John Fields (Lifehouse, Switchfoot, Soul Asylum) and a number of acclaimed songwriters, including Kara Dioguardi (Kelly Clarkson, Jewel, Santana), Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, K.T. Tunstall), Sacha Skarbek (James Blunt, Jason Mraz), Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams), an...

Santana Set For Vegas Residency

April 1st, 2009 11:03pm EDT
Guitar great Carlos Santana is set to become the latest star to light up Las Vegas after signing a new residency deal at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The rock star and his band will take over the venue until well into 2010 after Paul McCartney officially opens revamped Hard Rock theater the Joint on April 19.

Santana plans to perform three shows a week as part of a new deal with entertainment giant AEG Live, which produced Celine Dion’s successful A New Day run in Sin City as well as subsequent residencies with Elton John, Cher and Bette Midler.

Tickets for Santana's first run ...

Taylor Hicks Goes 'The Distance' March 10; Win His New CD - Signed!

March 6th, 2009 6:00pm EST
Taylor Hicks
Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Taylor Hicks will thrill longtime fans, and inspire new audiences, with the release of his anticipated new studio album, The Distance, on March 10. The album will be released on Hicks' Modern Whomp Records label and distributed through a partnership with independent artist services company Artist To Market (A2M). Debuting January 27 digitally is the first single "What's Right Is Right," a mid-tempo song about love and commitment, driven by funky keyboards and sax work.

Produced by Simon Climie (Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Faith Hill), and tapping ...

Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

January 30th, 2009 2:14pm EST
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...

David Coverdale Urges Led Zeppelin To Use Guest Vocalists

December 18th, 2008 12:01pm EST
David Coverdale
Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale has urged Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page to record a new album using a variety of different guest vocalists.

The Kashmir hit-makers announced in October that they plan to tour in 2009 without Plant, who has opted out of the reunion shows. The band is reported to be auditioning singers to take Plant's place for the concerts and a possible new album.

However Coverdale, who was recently forced to deny his own band would be opening for Led Zeppelin on tour, is adamant that a reunion with a new full-time singer wouldn't work. And the star admit...

Hall & Oates 'Live At The Troubadour' Out Nov. 25; See Four Songs From The DVD Here!

November 21st, 2008 7:00pm EST
Hall & Oates
In May 2008, Daryl Hall and John Oates took the stage at the legendary Troubadour for the first time since playing their earliest Los Angeles shows there 35 years before. The best performances from this much anticipated two-night concert, which included hits such as "Maneater," "Private Eyes," "Rich Girl," "Sara Smile" and "Kiss On My List," will be made available in three formats – DVD, Blu-Ray, and a 1-DVD/2-CD combo, via Shout! Factory on November 25.

"John and I have a lot of great memories associated with performing at the Troubadour, since it was our first show in LA," said Daryl...

Christ Saved Santana From Seven Suicides

October 10th, 2008 8:34am EDT
Guitar great Carlos Santana was saved from suicide seven times after splitting from his wife of 34 years in 2006 - by the voice of Christ. The deeply religious rock star admits he struggled to get past the grief the failure of his marriage caused - and figured he'd be better dead than alive.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "There were seven times when suicide was knocking. It got to the point where I really thought that death would be sweeter than the pain.

"But each time I would go light up a candle, and I'm still hearing all this inner stuff, a thousand voices screaming at you,...

Carlos Santana Gets Fresh Breath By Forgiving Childhood Pervert

October 9th, 2008 8:40am EDT
Carlos Santana
Rock legend Carlos Santana has solved his bad breath problems by forgiving the man who molested him as a child. The guitar great insists he was carrying so much anger and resentment around with him from his childhood that it "infected" him and his every breath.

He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I was able to remove the anger by forgiving that man and ever since I did that, my breath doesn't smell like I need to have a breath mint or something. It changed my molecular structure. Before, you'd brush your teeth but still smell like anger."

(This news article provided by World Enterta...

Carlos Santana To Quit Music For Religion

October 6th, 2008 8:49am EDT
Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana plans to quit music in six years’ time so he can devote his life to the church. The guitar great, 61, has turned to religion to help him through his most difficult of times, including his divorce last year from his wife of 34 years, Deborah.

And now he wants to serve his faith by becoming a priest in a church in Maui, Hawaii.

He says, “I'm going to stop playing when I'm 67 and work on what I really want to do, which is to be a minister, like Little Richard. I'm not sick of what I do, but I find that God gave me the gift of communication even without my guitar and wi...

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October 3rd, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Nikki Sixx
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'The Twist' Voted Best Single Ever

September 11th, 2008 3:02pm EDT
Chubby Checker
Rock 'n' roll legend Chubby Checker's signature song The Twist has been voted the most popular single ever in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The legendary dance-floor number heads a list of the top tunes of the last 50 years. And, in a shock result, neither Elvis Presley nor The Beatles managed a song in the top five.

Checker is delighted the poll gave his most famous song the credit it deserves, stating, "I'm glad they've finally recognized it. Anyplace on the planet, when someone has a song that has a beat, they're on the floor dancing apart to the beat, and befo...

'American Idol' Adds Fourth Judge

August 25th, 2008 10:56am EDT
American Idol
Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi has joined American Idol as a fourth judge. She will sit alongside Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson at the judges' table and use her background as an award-winning songwriter and producer to praise or critique the wannabe hopefuls throughout the competition. The eighth season of "American Idol" premieres January, 2009, on FOX.

"We are turning the heat up on 'Idol' this year and are thrilled to welcome Kara to the judges' table," said creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. "She is a smart, sassy lady, and one of America's most ...

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