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Carlos Santana On Wanting To Work More With "Classic" Santana Lineup

The reunited "classic" lineup of Santana -- guitarists Carlos Santana and Neal Schon, singer-keyboardist Gregg Rolie, drummer Michael Shrieve and percussionist Michael Carabello -- perform tonight (April 13) at New York's Madison Square Garden, the second of four planned concerts to launch their new album, Santana IV.

The group will also play Friday (April 15) in Uncasville, Conn., and Saturday (April 16) in Allentown, Pa., with no other dates committed after that, although Carlos Santana tells us the desire is there to do more if it can be worked out amidst the group members' other commitments:

"Y'know, that's not up to me. That's more to develop, 'cause Gregg is really involved with Ringo and Neal is really involved with Journey...I'm not into pushing things. I'll see what they want to do...We just did this (album). I would love to (do more) but it's not up to me. It's all how it unfolds, 'cause I don't like pushing things. I'd rather play it out more like Desmond Tutu would say -- 'Work in progress, more as it develops."


The Santana IV album comes out Friday (April 15) with a livestream scheduled for 5 p.m. ET on Thursday (April 14) on


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.