Santana explained to the Australian Associated Press, "I think that Adele won because she can sing, sing. With all respect to our sister Beyonce, Beyonce is very beautiful to look at and it's more like modeling kind of music -- music to model a dress -- she's not a singer, singer, with all respect to her. Adele can sing, sing. She doesn't bring all the dancers and props, she can just stand there and she just stood there and sang the song and that's it, and this is why she wins."
After a public online backlash, Santana took to his Facebook page in an effort to minimize the damage, posting: "I would like to clarify a comment that was reported when I was doing an interview for some upcoming shows in Australia & New Zealand. My intent was to congratulate Adele on her amazing night at the Grammies (sic). My comment about Beyonce was regretfully taken out of context. I have the utmost respect for her as an artist and a person. She deserves all the accolades that come her way. I wish Beyonce and her family all the best. Carlos"
The Mexican-born Santana tells us that he's made a concerted effort of not being associated with any one kind of genre throughout his years in the business: "It helps me not to allow anyone to define me -- 'There's, like, another Mexican blues player or another Los Lobos guy.' And as much as I like Los Lobos, sometimes people put them into like, y'know -- 'They're those nice Mexican guys who play this music.' And I'm like 'whoa, whoa.' I'd rather be a musician that could go to Japan or Africa or Jerusalem or the Apache Reservation and be able to complement whatever they put in front of me."
May 17, 19, 20, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
June 23, 24 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
June 25 - Goldendale, WA - Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
June 27 - Boise, ID - Idaho Botanical Garden
June 30 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
July 1 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
July 3 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre
July 4 - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theatre
July 7, 8 - Durant, OK - Choctaw Grand Theater
July 10 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 12 - St. Louis, MO - Fox Theatre
August 4 - Bethlehem, PA - Bethlhem Musikfest
August 5 - Bethel Woods, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
August 9 - Sterling Heights, MI - Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
August 13 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
August 18 - Canandaigua, NY - Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
August 19 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
August 20 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Spa & Resort
September 11 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues Anaheim
September 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
November 1 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues