Santana and the Doobie Brothers Cover Bob Marley, Pay Homage to Aretha Franklin at Detroit Concert

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Carlos Santana performs at Ziggo Dome on June 26, 2018.

Santana and the Doobie Brothers changed up their regularly scheduled program on Sunday night (Aug. 11) near Detroit.

Throughout their summer tour the two bands have been joining forces during Santana's set for "She's Not There," the 1964 Zombies hit that Santana covered for a top 30 single in 1977. But on Sunday at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Independence Township the groups pivoted to Bob Marley & the Wailers' "Exodus" -- because, Carlos Santana told the crowd, "we smoked some different kind of weed. Is it legal here yet?" (It is).

The 17 musicians combined for a long, heavily improvised take on the tune that worked in a bit of Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up," while Santana tossed solos to Doobies guitarists Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons, keyboardist Bill Payne and saxophonist Marc Russo.

Percussionist Marc Quinones, meanwhile, returned two songs later to join Santana during "Breaking Down the Door" from the group's latest album, Africa Speaks.

Santana also used the occasion to pay tribute to the late Aretha Franklin in her home town as the first anniversary of her death approaches. Before "Black Magic Woman" he the crowd he shouted out "our queen that ascended into another dimension. She's still here with us -- she just changed her zip code."

Pointing out that England has its queen, he concluded that Franklin is "my queen, that's your queen."


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