Santana’s “Amazeballs” Concert In Tel Aviv

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That is the descriptor given by occasional Israellycool contributor Jono, who was right up the front to watch Carlos dazzle the Israeli crowd, while breaking the hearts of BDS-holes everywhere (or whatever passes for their hearts).

Jono tells me:

Been a HUGE fan of Santana for over 30 years – one of the first CDs I ever bought was Santana 3. They opened with scenes on the big vid screen of Santana playing at Woodstock which was 4 months before I was born. So well into his late 60s, the guy still SHREDS. The band was incredible – his wife on drums, 2 percussionists, 9 pieces all together. Each one a virtuoso. Of course he stole our hearts from the first song teasing the theme from Exodus. This concert craps all over the BDS-holes when we remember they lied to us about him canceling a few years ago due to BDS pressure. The concert was fun and inspiring. We are so privileged to be getting shows from artists of this caliber. These guys are in their late 60s, some into their 70s and we won’t have this forever. Go see a concert. Support the artists who say no to BDS.

From the Times of Israel:

The veteran guitarist, 69, who drew a crowd estimated at over 25,000 to Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park, led an 11-strong band through a show that lasted well over two hours and mixed 19 hits and favorites from his five-decade career.

There were few direct references to Israel in the show, just a “Shalom” from his bass guitarist, snatches of “Exodus” and “Hava Nagila” during the jams, and, during the brief moments when Santana addressed the crowd, his much-applauded report that his wife — the band’s powerhouse drummer Cindy Blackman — went to Jerusalem on Friday “and she said there’s a vibration in there that’s really powerful, bigger than the Pacific Ocean or the Atlantic Ocean.”

Santana, who was pressured by the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement to cancel Saturday’s show, and who was misreported to have cancelled a 2010 concert because of BDS pressure (when it was a function of tour logistics), said it was “an honor to be in your light and your love, with so much beauty and grace.”

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