Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Santana at Wembley Arena

London, England. Friday 19-July-2013

Another musical legend ticked off the bucket list. My sister had a copy of Abraxas so Santana has been part of the soundtrack of my life since 1970.

Wembley Arena - waiting to see Santana

Andrea, Mary

Nearly two and a half hours of non stop classic tunes.
Set list:

Quasar intro
1. Toussaint l’ouverture
2. Sunshine of your love
3. Black magic woman / gypsy queen
4. Oye como va
5. Maria maria
6. Foo foo
7. Corazon espinado
8. Incident at Neshabur
9. Batuka/ no one to depend on
10.taboo/ hope your feeling better
11. Jingo
12. She’s not there
13. Evil ways/ a love supreme
14. Smooth/ dame tu amor

Woodstock chant
15. Soul sacrifice
16. Saideira

Photo by ZumbaGirl123 via

For me the highlight was Santana playing Cream's Sunshine of your Love. Two classics from my teen years collide - epic! My eyes may have leaked. For Mary the highlight was a riff from While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Picture courtesy of Marshtowers

A somewhat sycophantic review at the official site

"... they opened with a rendition of “Toussaint L’Overture” that threatened to rock Wembley off its foundation. There was a moment’s hesitation after the band concluded-almost as if the crowd was asking, “did that really happen?”- and then absolute pandemonium ensued as a tidal wave of sheer delight and approval erupted. [...] no one could remember a UK audience that behaved with such abandon and fervor. It was truly fantastic!"

More measured words and more pictures at Marshtowers - Santana at Wembley Arena

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