Carlos Santana was joined by The Doobie Brothers last night at Qudos Bank arena in Sydney as part of his Transmogrify Australian tour and we were fortunate enough to experience the musical talent firsthand.
The Doobie Brothers opened the show with their song, 'Jesus is alright' to a full crowd of fans and went on to play some of their biggest hits including 'Taking it to the streets' much to their fans excitement. A personal favourite of mine you can't help but sing along to , 'Listen to the music' was one that got everyone in the audience to their feet singing the "Whoah's" in perfect harmony! The singing voices of each member came together beautifully and were amplified by their talent on their respective instrument. We loved seeing how each member would take centre stage at various points within the show, one would rip into a lead solo and then the other and so on and it was lovely to see that. Years later and they still have it, you only had to look into the audience to see the effect they had and the joy they brought to young and old. The Doobie Brothers played an engaging and highly energetic repetoir of songs, a wonderful warm up to the Santana set.
After a short intermission, the moment we had been eagerly anticipating was finally here! Carlos Santana entered the stage with his band, comprising of two drummers (one of which is his wife Cindy Blackman), two vocalists, a bass player and a bongo player, playing a fusion of Latin rock, songs included, 'Soul Sacrifice', 'Are you ready people', and Toussaint L'Overture.
He then, to the delight and cheer of the crowd, went into the well known Latin American, R&B inspired number "Maria, Maria'.
Santana truly thrilled the crowd with his out of this world guitar playing skills and took the time to interact with a loyal crowd, who clearly enjoyed his stage presence, talent and humour.
Throughout the show he inspired the audience with messages of peace and love, encouraging the audience to see their value and their own individual worth and ability to make the world a better place.
Later he played the Classic Black Magic Woman, (our personal favourite) which led into, 'Oye Como Va' was another hit that had people dancing in their seats and in the isles in true Latin American style. You truly felt like you were amidst a street party in South America!
Hit after hit, we were so engrossed in the show and the level of musical talent! The guitar shredding and the classic clarity of the signature Santana sound was mesmerising,
After this Santana left the stage, the spotlight turned to his wife and drummer, Cindy who played an epic drum solo whilst Santana watched on. He showcased all his band members, who each performed a short solo act.
He closed the show with Love Peace and Happiness, reiterating the key message he spoke about throughout.
A truly wonderful show and experience! If you get the chance be sure to check it out.