The reunited Santana group may have their new album finished by the end of the week, according to guitarist Neal Schon. He says the group hopes to tour behind the album, though he plans to hit the road with Carlos Santana either way.
“We are wrapping up Santana IV this week,” Schon wrote on Facebook. “Sounds amazing!”
In a later comment, he added: “This record is going to take over the world. I hope management gets it together for us to tour as I WILL tour with Carlos either way. It’s way too happening not to. World domination once again.”
The reconstituted lineup includes the major players from the band’s late-Sixties/early Seventies lineup: Santana, Schon, keyboardist Gregg Rolie, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve. Percussionist José “Chepito” Areas has not been mentioned in reports about the group’s reunion, and bassist David Brown, who played on the group’s albums from that period, died in 2000.
Those seven members were behind the band’s first three albums: Santana, Abraxas and Santana III. The lineup began to dissolve prior to the making of the group’s fourth album, 1972’s Caravanserai.
Carlos Santana confirmed the reunion in February 2013, after Schon mentioned to the media that the two had been working together again. At the time, Santana said he believed the band would have no trouble picking up where it left off. “It will be like Santana IV because we stopped at Santana III,” he said, adding that he expected the album to have an African vibe.
No release date has been given.