C.Santana live in Athens: I am a hippy of Woodstock

 
 
Music : Carlos Santana

concerts : OAKA (Olympic Stadium, Athens) - The stage was rigged in the center of the plot. There was the Arena and the Diamond Arena, where people were closer to the stage.

Organization concert :Easy access to the venue. Presence of signs and people, to guide to the area and to your seat. In Arena tickets were sold as many as they sould be! During the concert there were people selling beer - water, etc.. Finally, the direction of the videos, shown at 3 large video-walls was excellent and contained all those fast changing consequences that went on stage and in the audience, in conjunction with videoclips and live appearances (Woodstock) of Santana.

World : Approximately 25.000 people. Completely heterogeneous audience. From high school kids up to 50-yearolds. Moreover, consider that when  Santana was beginning his career they were 18-yearolds.

Sound : Medium would say. Initially the intensity was low and then strengthened when there were moments that sound would not be so clear. More generally the sound was not bad.



 

Live Views :

Rosebleed @ 20:10 - 20:43                                                                                          
                                                                                            
 Firstly, it was great opportunity for the new Greek band, which I believe that was seized for good. Very nice appearance by Rosebleed, who presented their songs quite well, songs from their new album, which is expected to be released next September. The vocals were super the tying of the band was quite good. Their songs combine the melancholy with their power and if one notices, you will see that we are dealing with a group that has to give more than one song ("Until next time"). Listening to the 35-minute set, I think they would like to play with Radiohead and Muse. Suits them and wish them to realise their dreams.

Carlos Santana @ 21:15 - 23:05

Some of the songs , played: Soul Sacrifice (1969), Into the night (2007), Maria Maria (1999), Foo Foo (2002), Evil ways (1969), No one to depend on (1972), A Love Supreme (John Coltrane - 1973), Love of my Life (1999), Incident at Neshabur (1970), Black magic woman (1971), Oye Como Va (1971), Smooth (1999). 


 Encore @ 23:06 - 23:29

played: Corazon Espinado (1999), Jingo (a great performance - 1969).


Before the performance of Carlos Santana I wondered if he would be focused on songs after "Supernatural", that made him famous throughout the world of all ages, or would he chose to remind us why he was rightly passed by the Rolling Stone as 15th best guitarist of all time, with everything made in 60s-70s. Fortunately, the second thought was confirmed!

Many times during the concert I thought I was 40 years back, dressed hippies and shouting "Love and Peace". That is, after all, what Santana told us before playing "A love Supreme", the 2 key things in the world: Love and peace. "I am a hippy from Woodstock. Let's start now gently together to change the world. today. Let's start with politeness ..." Those were confessed by Santana in one of the few times he took the microphone and at that time fifty year olds probably turned back to their teenage years.

                


 The concert started at 21:15 I believe that most of the peolple did not wait to start so early. You see we are accustomed to the delays and obvious seems strange. The lights turned off, the 3 videowalls showed scenes from  Woodstock and the implementation of the "Soul Sacrifice" (I guessed right the video, which came in our yesterday's article ) and the band went on stage playing the part.

Santana played for 2 hours and 15 minutes  in a concert, where the 60s feeling was diffuse and few were the moments when he recalled the recent successes. There certainly was a fuzz, because people is familiar with these songs, like it or not. But the performance of "Evil ways", "Soul Sacrifice", "Black Magic Woman", "A love supreme"& "Jingo" were those that stood out for me from the night. In several old pieces, Carlos put us with the guitar in a separate atmosphere "psychedeleia" . For his ability to play the guitar, it's rather sacrilegious to make any comment. Watch the videos below and you will understand. 

I would say that people was trying to enter the atmosphere of live and probably towards the end with " Black Magic Woman ", " Oye Como va ", " Corazon Espinado "," Jingo " realized what they had attended so long. Many times we do not understand that attending a concert, does not mean that we should know all the songs and "flop" in them. There are concerts "bustling" real music! One of them I witnessed last night.


The photos belong to photographer of Mix Grill I. Saltavarea G. & Sophia




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