Pop Quiz: Carlos Santana

Aidin Vaziri | Carlos Santana had such a blast with last year’s residency concerts in Las Vegas he’s not only going back for more, he’s also moving there for good. Beginning Wednesday, the Grammy-winning guitar great, women’s shoe designer and longtime Bay Area resident begins another round of career-spanning shows at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, bringing along a heavy cache of hits that includes “Black Magic Woman,” “Evil Ways” and the bulk of 1999’s multiplatinum “Supernatural” album. The 63-year-old Woodstock veteran might also touch on a couple of songs from his latest release, “Guitar Heaven.”

Carlos Santana
Q: You’ve been playing some of the songs in your set since Woodstock. How do you not get bored?
A: Do anything, but don’t play notes. There’s nothing more boring than a guy playing a bunch of notes. It’s like going to a gym and watching somebody do their exercises. Play big slices of life. You need to put the guitar down and practice vision and feeling your heart. For me, those are the requirements for staying relevant.
Q: Earlier this year, you proposed to your drummer, Cindy Blackman, onstage. How do you plan on topping that in Vegas?
A: I think we topped it by playing together at the Oakland symphony a couple of weeks ago. My friend who was there said, “You were having sex onstage in front of everybody.”
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