Ten time Grammy award, three-time Latin Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Carlos Santana and his band SANTANA will bring The Transmogrify Tour to Phoenix at the Ak-Chin Pavilion on June 30. The Live Nation produced 19-stop tour begins in Woodinville, Washington on June 23rd for two nights and then quickly makes it ways to Phoenix. The 5 shows ahead of Phoenix are all sold out but tickets remain for the Phoenix stop.
To call Santana an icon is an understatement. The guitar work of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 50 years since Santana’s start as the groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion Santana Blues Band in San Francisco and 48 years since he blew away the assembled masses with his spectacular performance of “Soul Sacrifice” at Woodstock. While Santana was already starting to make a name for himself and his band prior to Woodstock, Woodstock propelled him onto the national stage and gave his initial album, released later that month, wide exposure.
Since the release of his debut album, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. He won a record-tying nine Grammy Awards for a single project for 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”) as well as three Latin Grammy Awards. He has also received the Billboard Century Award (1996), was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1998), received the Billboard Latin Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement honor (2009), and was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors Award (2013). With the 2014 release of Corazón, Santana surpassed the Rolling Stones and is one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least one top ten album in each of the last six consecutive decades.
April 15, 2016, marked the release date of Santana IV, which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart and marks Santana’s fourteenth Top 10 album. Santana IV reunited the classic Santana lineup from the early 1970s and has been both a critical and popular success. The album marks the first time in 45 years – since 1971’s multi-platinum classic Santana III – that the lineup has recorded together (but is not touring together).