Santana Teaming with Rob Thomas Again(!) for New Single, “Move,” Coming 8/18

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Released back in June of 1999, “Smooth” was a single from legendary guitarist  Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas, vocalist of Matchbox Twenty.

After ruling the charts at No. 1, winning three Grammys and becoming one of the most successful songs ever recorded, it’s taken on new life in recent years as an internet meme, with GIFs from the iconic music video and lyrical references peppering social media platforms.

Why are we talking about “Smooth,” a song from decades ago? Well, Santana has a new album coming out, Blessings and Miracles, which he recently announced along with news of a deal with BMG. The record will be out on Oct. 15, and its lead single, “Move,” will debut Aug. 18.

That lead single once again combines the talents of Thomas and Santana, making it a sequel (of sorts) to the groundbreaking “Smooth” all those years ago. The track also features American Authors providing additional vocals.

There isn’t yet a preview of this new collaborative single, so we’ll all have to wait a week or so for the full track to arrive.

“‘Move’ came about was very much like how ‘Smooth’ happened,” said Santana. “It was like divine intelligence behind the scenes, and I just knew I had to record it with Rob. The song is about awakening your molecules. Ignite and activate yourself – you know, move. When Rob and I work together, we have a sound that’s splendiferous.”

Stay tuned.

This fall, Santana and his band will embark on the Blessings and Miracles tour:

9/11/21 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Spa & Resort – Event Center
9/12/21 Bethlehem, PA The Wind Creek Event Center
9/14/21 Richmond, VA Altria Theater
9/15/21 Wilmington, NC North Waterfront Park Amphitheatre
9/17/21 Orlando, FL Amway Center
9/19/21 Estero, FL Hertz Arena
9/21/21 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
9/22/21 Simpsonville, SC CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park
9/24/21 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
9/25/21 Augusta, GA The James Brown Arena
9/26/21 Brandon, MS Brandon Amphitheater
9/28/21 Chattanooga, TN Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
9/29/21 Franklin, TN First Bank Amphitheater
10/1/21 Tulsa, OK Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort
10/2/21 Durant, OK Choctaw Grand Theater

The outing is also built around Santana’s other recent news of plans to resume his Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues stage inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in August:

Aug. 25, 27-29
Sept. 1-4
Nov. 3, 5-7, 10, 12-14
Dec. 1, 3-5, 8, 10-12

Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire also rescheduled their anticipated Miraculous Supernatural tour for the summer of 2022. The trek was supposed to take place in 2020 before being pushed a year to Summer 2021 — but now that, too, has been rescheduled for 2022 due to the logistical uncertainty of mass gatherings in the coming months.

Visit the Santana website for full touring details.

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