An exuberant Neal Schon is sharing good news with fans waiting for the new reunion project from the original Santana lineup.
Schon has posted a note on his Facebook page announcing that, "We are Wrapping up Santana IV this week!!! Sounds Amazing!!!" And while exchanging comments with followers, he added that, "This record is going to take over the world. I just hope management gets it together for us to tour together as I WILL Tour with Carlos either way. It's too happening to not. World domination once again."
The Santana IV project brings together original Santana members Carlos Santana, Greg Rolie, Michael Shrieve and Mike Carabello as well as Schon, who joined for 1971's "Santana III" and stayed through 1972 before leaving to form Journey with Rolie.
Carlos Santana announced the reunion in 2013, and recording has taken place as the musicians' schedules -- Santana with his current version of the band, Schon with Journey, Rolie with Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band -- permit.
Carlos Santana shared his enthusiasm for the project with us as well, saying, "This is a good time to reconnect with all that I am, everything and everyone (who) has affected my life. It's a joy to be in the same room with Greg Rolie and Michael Carabello and Michael Shrieve and Neal Schon, because whether it's John Lennon or Paul McCartney, there's a chemistry there. It's a very, very natural, normal chemistry that all we have to do is start playing and it sounds like we never stopped playing."
No release date has been set for the Santana IV project. The current Santana resumes its residency at the Las Vegas House of Blues on May 20 and will tour Europe and North America during the summer.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.