When we got word of Santana’s upcoming plans for a star-studded covers album featuring mind blowing guest rockers on vocals, our heads almost exploded over the astounding lineup that could possibly rival the success of his 1999 release, Supernatural. Unveiling jaw dropping guest vocalists covering a track list of classic hits at his Las Vegas residency earlier this week, Santana’s Guitar Heaven sneak peek will leave you seeing angels.
In a special edition of his Las Vegas residency at the Hard Rock Hotel, [lastfm]Santana[/lastfm] brought out a few friends to help debut his new album Guitar Heaven that hits stores on September 21st. Inviting a select few from his massive list of collaborators for the cover album on stage, Santana used a little of his “black magic” for an epic show with [lastfm]Chris Daughtry[/lastfm], [lastfm]India.Arie[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Gavin Rossdale[/lastfm] by his side.
Sony Music mogul Clive Owens debuted eight tracks from the album for journalists and special guests before the show kicked off with Santana staples “Black Magic Women” and “Oye Como Va.” Santana brought out his first guest vocalist [lastfm]India.Arie[/lastfm] for a feminine and intimate cover of [lastfm]George Harrison[/lastfm]’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” as widow Olivia Harrison watched in awe from the seats.
Other guests American Idol rocker [lastfm]Chris Daughtry[/lastfm] sang a rousing cover of [lastfm]Def Leppard[/lastfm]’s “Photograph” and[lastfm] Bush[/lastfm]’s Gavin Rossdale brought the crowd to its feet with the cover of [lastfm]T. Rex[/lastfm]’s “Bang a Gong” and the show’s highlight “She’s Not There” from the [lastfm]Zombies[/lastfm], which went rogue with a free-form jam session from the guitar master.
“You see Carlos onstage and the way he approaches the instrument and the passion he brings to his music,” Clive Davis said after the show. “Ecstasy is the word, when you see him playing.” See for yourself, does Santana and Rossdale’s collaboration make you feel like you’re “seeing the music, man”?
Full Guitar Heaven track list:
“Whole Lotta Love” featuring Chris Cornell (Led Zeppelin)
“Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’” featuring Scott Weiland (The Rolling Stones)
“Sunshine Of Your Love” featuring Rob Thomas (Cream)
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” featuring india.arie and Yo-Yo Ma (The Beatles)
“Dance the Night Away” featuring Pat Monahan (Van Halen)
“Back In Black” featuring Nas and Janelle Monáe (AC/DC)
“Riders On the Storm” featuring Chester Bennington and Ray Manzarek (The Doors)
“Smoke On the Water” featuring Jacoby Shaddix (Deep Purple)
“Photograph” featuring Chris Daughtry (Def Leppard)
“Bang A Gong” featuring Gavin Rossdale (T. Rex)
“Little Wing” featuring Joe Cocker (Jimi Hendrix)
“I Ain’t Superstitious” featuring Jonny Lang (Howlin’ Wolf, Jeff Beck Group)
[Source: Rolling Stone]