Santana To Begin Las Vegas Residency In May

Carlos Santana will be setting up shop in Las Vegas this May through a multi year agreement with concert promotion company AEG Live.

Beginning May 27, the recently opened 4,007-capacity Joint in Las Vegas "will be the only place west of the Mississippi" where fans will be able to watch Santana perform live through 2010, according to a news release from AEG Live. The musician will perform about 36 concerts per year at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino venue, which is exclusively booked by AEG Live.

Tickets for the shows will range from $79-$299 and can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel box office and through Ticketmaster. Tickets for performances through September went on sale today (April 1).

"Bringing Santana to the Joint at Hard Rock elevates the entertainment options in Las Vegas," John Meglen, president and co-CEO of AEG Live/Concerts West said in a statement. "AEG Live set the standard for major residency shows in Vegas with Celine, Elton, Cher and Bette over at the Colosseum, and now we are setting the standard for rock and roll residencies with this new deal."

Santana's arena and amphitheater tour in 2008 grossed $15.6 million from 38 concerts that attracted nearly 390,000 concertgoers, according to Billboard Boxscore.

The Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits concerts will find the musician performing a wide range of songs throughout his career, including "Jingo," "Evil Ways" and "Into the Night," among many others. Santana will be accompanied on stage by band members Chester Thompson (keyboards), Karl Perazzo (timbales), Benny Rietveld (bass), Dennis Chambers (drums), Raul Rekow (congas), Andy Vargas (vocals), Tony Lindsay (vocals), Tommy Anthony (rhythm guitar), Jeff Cressman (trombone) and Bill Ortiz (trumpet).

Frank The Plumber, who designed the tour set for Madonna's recent Sticky & Sweet trek, will create stage design and production of Santana's Las Vegas residency.

Meanwhile, the old Joint closed its doors in early February with back-to-back concerts by Motley Crue. As part of Hard Rock's $800 million expansion in Vegas, the new Joint is twice the size of the old venue and features state-of-the-art lighting and sound, along with seven VIP suites. Hard Rock's expansion includes two new hotel towers, as well as new restaurants, retail and entertainment space.