Last month marked the 40th anniversary of Carlos Santana's first Guitar Player cover in November 1974. It would be the first of many for the ten-time Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with 40 albums and more than 100-million record sales to his credit.
Over the years, the relationship evolved, and at the beginning of a more recent 2008 Guitar Player cover story Santana told Editor-in-Chief Michael Molenda, “I’d like to talk about intangibles. I haven’t changed my gear all that much since the last story [June ’05], and I’d like to get beyond those physical things, and think about the roles of the heart and mind in making music.”
That shift in dialog might have been an early hint at Santana's just released memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light. Beginning with his childhood in Mexico, the book chronicles the early fame that came with his move to San Francisco's Mission District in the 1960s, recalls the hazy experience of his legendary performance at Woodstock and first world tour, and his ongoing spiritual evolution and belief in "the universal tone."
Also, 25 years ago, on December 3, 1989, Santana stepped on stage to play with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble at the Oakland Coliseum. It wasn't the first time they played together, but it would be the last. The Jay Blakesberg photo above is from that show.
The video below is from an October 2, 1988 show when their tours happened to intersect for one night in Costa Mesa. SRV (along with Double Trouble), Jimmy Vaughan, and Cesar Rosas joined Santana for his last three songs of the night.
The video isn't great, but given the choice between not great and not at all, it's worth the watch.