Shape Shifter Debuts at #16 on Billboard’s Top-Selling Albums Chart!



LOS ANGELES, CA, May 23, 2012:  Shape Shifterthe new album from Carlos Santana and the Santana Band, debuted this week at #16 in the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 top-selling albums chart, and at #2 on the indie chart.  It is Santana’s 13th Top 20 album debut, and the group’s 30th top 200 charting release overall.  It follows up 2010’s Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time­which made Santana the only act in Billboard history, other than the Rolling Stones, to score at least one Top Ten album in each decade from the 1960s through the present.

Released May 15, 2012, Shape Shifter is the first for Carlos Santana’s new label, Starfaith Records. The 13-song set is an instrumental tour de force long awaited by fans (one song has vocals by Santana’s lead vocalists Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay). The album also features Chester Thompson(keyboards), Dennis Chambers (drums), Benny Rietveld (bass), Salvador Santana (keyboards), Raul Rekow (congas), and Karl Perazzo (percussion).

Carlos dedicated the album to Native American Indians, acknowledging Australia’s 2008 apology to the Aborigines, and President Obama’s signing of the 2009 Native American Apology Resolution.  He says, “I encourage any and all countries (that have not as yet done so) to acknowledge the first people of their land, and make this a collective global effort.”

Earlier this month, Santana began a two-year residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.  The first string of dates for An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live–Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow runs through early June.  Following the May 2 opening, Robin Leach wrote for The Las Vegas SunCarlos puts on such a spectacular show of guitar mastery, and you’d have to be a member of his band to get any closer because his spell of sound wraps over you, around you and gets inside you. Incredible!”

Santana takes to the road this summer, launching the “Shape Shifter Tour 2012” with North American dates beginning July 7.  Later in the month, Santana will perform a special series of shows co-headlining with The Allman Brothers.

Since Santana emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area music scene in the 1960s, the group has sold more than 100 million records, reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Santana has won 10 GRAMMYs, including a record-tying nine for a single project, 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”). Among other honors, Carlos Santana is #20 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”—“Santana’s crystalline tone and clean arcing sustain make him the rare instrumentalist who can be identified in just one note.”

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Shape Shifter tour dates:

July 7                         Grand Casino Mille Lacs                                                              Hinckley, MN

July 9                         Ravinia Festival                                                                             Highland Park, IL

July 10                       Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts                                   Kettering, OH

July 11                       Toledo Zoo Amphitheater                                                          Toledo, OH

July 13                       Soaring Eagle Casino Resort                                                      Mount Pleasant, MI

July 14                       Molson Canadian Amphitheatre                                             West Toronto, ON

July 15                       DTE Energy Music Theatre                                                        Clarkston, MI

July 17                       Bank of America Pavilion                                                           Boston, MA

July 18                       Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion                   Gilford, NH

July 20-21                Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center                                        Atlantic City, NJ


Santana dates with the Allman Brothers (* = Santana closes show):

July 22                       Darien Lake Performing Arts Center                     Darien Lake, NY

July 24                       Nikon at Jones Beach Theater                                                  Wantagh, NY

July 25                       PNC Bank Arts Center                                                                  Holmdel, NJ*

July 27                       Saratoga Performing Arts Center                                            Saratoga, NY*

July 28                       The Comcast Theatre                                                                  Hartford, CT

July 30                       Merriweather Post Pavilion                                                       Columbia, MD*