NEW YORK DAILY NEWS VIVA
Sunday, August 16, 2015, 2:35 PM
Carlos Santana rocked the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, N.Y., on Friday night.
Carlos Santana performed from his corazón at Forest Hills Stadium on Friday night.
As the sun set on the Queens, N.Y., outdoor stadium, the sounds of Santana’s singing guitar filled the air as well as the hearts of concertgoers of all ages and ethnicities.
“We aren’t lip-syncing,” he told the audience of screaming fans about his vocalists Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay. “We never learned how to do that s—!”
The 68-year-old Grammy Award-winning rock icon was the third artist added to the legendary sporting and entertainment venue’s 2015 season, for his Corazón Tour, which stems from the release of his first Spanish-language album, “Corazón.”
Carlos Santana performs at Angel de la Independencia in Mexico City on March 28.
“There’s a flow that happens when you trust from your heart something bigger than your imagination,” Santana told the New York Daily News Viva in May 2014 about HBO Latino concert special “Santana-Corazón: Live from Mexico.”
“This is a culmination of a lot of people’s dreams that became one,” he said of the album that included some of the biggest Latin music vocalists like Gloria Estefan, Lila Downs and Juanes.
While none of them joined him onstage in Queens on Friday night, he welcomed his son Salvador Santana, who he called “my teacher,” to perform three songs off his second album “Fantasy Reality.”
Santana heats up the stage at Auditorium Stravinski in Montreux, Switzerland, on July 14.
The guitar god humbly played in the background as his 32-year-old son took center stage rapping, singing and showing off his stellar keyboard skills for a short set before Santana returned to the spotlight backed by a band of incredible musicians, including conguero Paoli Mejias, keyboardist David K. Mathews and trombone player Jeff Cressman.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer played a mix of new and classic hits that had the crowd screaming and standing on their feet.
The energy he created was indescribable as the audience sang and danced with some of his longtime devotees set on a journey down memory lane.
At the end of his two-hour show, Santana and his band smiled and waved as they exited the stage. But the Queens crowd wasn’t going to let him go that easily.
As the roaring audience’s cheers hit deafening levels, Santana returned to the stage for an epic conclusion to the unforgettable summer show.
Playing classics like “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va” left concertgoers wanting even more.
But when it finally ended, the feeling of having experienced something truly magical was undeniable.
“This is our time,” the Mexican rocker previously told Viva. “There is a lot of beauty in Latino women and Latino men that we can present, and I say it that way because we need role models to make us believe that we can go beyond the ‘hood, the barrio, the favela.”