Friday, July 19, 2013


Carlos Santana and his band have provided the soundtrack to the last 44 years of the Gorse Fox's life. The Gorse Fox returned from a year in the States in June 1969, and Woodstock seemed to change music forever in August that year. There were so many memorable moments and performances: The Who, Sly and the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Ten Years After, but most memorable of all was Santana.

After an unpleasant journey through ridiculous traffic we arrived at Wembley and made our way to the restaurant. The meal was a bit rushed, but we managed to enjoy it and make our way into the area in time for the start of the concert.

We have seen Santana before, but somehow neither of us ever tires of his music and the excitement and emotion it conjures.

The set started at about ten past eight - with a ten minute opening number that just blew your socks off.
The Gorse Fox can't remember every track that was played, but they included so many of his favourites: Smooth, Maria, Black Magic Woman, Incident at Neshabur, Oye Como Va, Soul Sacrifice, Jingo, Corazon Espinado, Evil Ways, Sunshine of Your Love... and so on.

Two hours and twenty minutes later it was over and sated, we left with our eyes bright and our ears buzzing to head for home.

If you have to have a soundtrack to your life, then you cannot really improve on Carlos Santana and his band.

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