Carlos Santana Has a Plan to Stop Donald Trump
Throughout the ongoing U.S. presidential election, many people of both major parties have tried to come up with a way to prevent the ascendancy of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Carlos Santana of Santana has his own, and it involves bringing together those who have devoted their lives to bringing peace to the world.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, Santana lays out his vision for what reporter Andy Greene calls "a grand summit of peace and love." "What I want," the guitarist says, "is to invite the pope, the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and others who have won Nobel Peace Prizes, seven men and seven women, and invite them together, like in a Star Trek movie. We can go to the Sydney Opera House or a resort in Honolulu."
Last month, Santana played a trio of dates with Journey that brought back several members from Santana's classic lineup -- including Journey founder Neal Schon, singer Gregg Rolie, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve -- to celebrate the release of Santana IV. It was the first time they had performed a full show together since 1971, when drugs and egos helped bring about the disintegration of the group.
"The rock & roll lifestyle was killing people," Shrieve says. "I can watch old videos of us playing and just smell the cocaine. Man, that's evil stuff."
"We were too young to appreciate it the first time around," Carlos adds. "I was so invested in my agenda. It was my, my, my, my, my, my. Also, nobody was equipped to handle the adulation."
Still, the idea of a full-scale tour is up in the air, with Schon and Rolie having commitments with Journey and Ringo Starr. "There's been no talk of a tour," Shrieve notes. "It drives you crazy, but I've come to the realization that if it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen, just like this whole thing."
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