On his upcoming LP, guitar icon Carlos Santana is looking to relive the magic of days passed, and what better way to do that than to get the old band back together?
Noise11 reports that the revived Santana lineup will likely include Michael Carabello, Michael Shrieve, Neal Schone and Gregg Rolie; the major players of Santana (1969), Abraxas (1970) and Santana III (1971) sans bassist David Brown, who passed away in 2000.
“We have invited the members from the first three albums. It will be like Santana IV,” Carlos told Noise11.
Neal Schon, who went on to form a little band called Journey with Gregg Rolie in 1973, mentioned last week that he was reconnecting with Carlos for a project, but didn’t specify at the time what it would entail. Rolie has also mentioned he would be willing to work with his Santana bandmates once again, most recently in an interview with CBS Local.
In regards to the new album’s sound, Carlos told Noise11, “We have been checking out a lot of African music, African patterns. It was a beautiful common ground for Santana to play African music.”
While no official dates have been announced, a tentative release is planned for 2014, so fans will have to wait patiently.