Santana's Supernatural Now Tour with The Doobie Brothers kicks off tonight in California

Maryanne Bilham; Andrew Macpherson

Santana launches their Supernatural Now tour tonight in Irvine, California. The trek, which also features The Doobie Brothers, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the pioneering Latin-rock band’s smash album, Supernatural, as well as the 50th anniversary of the group’s memorable Woodstock performance and debut record.

Santana guitarist and band leader Carlos Santana tells ABC Radio that he’d invited some of the group’s early members to take part in the tour, but only one was available.

“[E]verybody was already booked,” he explains. “[Original singer/keyboardist] Gregg Rolie is touring with Ringo [Starr]…[guitarist] Neal Schon is touring with Journey, and [founding drummer] Michael Shrieve is doing his own thing. “So the only person who’s coming with me is [original Santana percussionist] Michael Carabello.”

Asked if Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas, who sang the smash chart-topping single “Smooth” from Supernatural, might make a guest appearance during the tour, Carlos says, “That’s a good idea. He’s already booked doing his thing, but I think we’re around here in the L.A. area [when he is], so we might do something together.”

Doobie Brothers singer/guitarist Tom Johnston tells ABC Radio that he and his band mates have known Santana for almost their entire careers, and had the chance to tour together Down Under in 2017. 

“We had a really good time,” Johnston says of the trek.

As for whether The Doobie Brothers and Santana might jam together during the outing, Tom says he isn’t sure.

“It’s entirely possible,” he notes. “I know he does that on occasion. There was some talk of it…I think once we get out and start doing the tour, we’ll figure that out.”

The North American Supernatural Now joint tour is mapped out through an August 25 concert in Wantagh, New York.  Here’s the trek’s full itinerary:

6/20 — Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheatre
6/22 — Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
6/23 — Chula Vista, CA, North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
6/24 — Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
6/26 — Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
6/27 — Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
6/29 — Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
6/30 — Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
7/2 — West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
7/3 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/6 — Dallas, TX, Dos Equis Pavilion
7/7 — The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/9 — Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
7/11 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
7/12 — Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis
8/3 — St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
8/4 — Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago
8/6 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage
8/7 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/9 — Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
8/10 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/11 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/13 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/14 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/17 — Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/18 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/20 — Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/21 — Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
8/23 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/24 — Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
8/25 — Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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