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Stewart and Santana prove age is only a number

experienced musicians wow crowd at MTS Centre

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Carlos Santana performs before Rod Stewart at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Friday.

Maybe the adage is right. Age is only a number.

Rod Stewart, 69, and Carlos Santana, 67, proved on Friday night in front of a packed house at the MTS Centre that just because they were born in the 1940s doesn't mean they're done.

Hardly. Instead, they have the showmanship and musicianship that younger generations would kill for. And both of them look like they have decades in front of them, not just years.

Stewart, the windup act on Friday, took the stage in a shiny silver jacket and black stovepipe trousers — you've got to be fit to wear those — and started with four big hits: Infatuation, Having a Party, You Wear it Well and It's a Heartache. Stewart donned some shades, to the crowd's complete joy, and performed Tonight's the Night, which had his fans singing along with hardly any prompting.

Give credit to Stewart for keeping up with history. During a week when the world remembered the start of the First World War a century ago, he dedicated Rhythm of my Heart to veterans and soldiers still serving. As Stewart and his three sexy backup singers sang, the video screen showed Spitfires and Harriers whizzing by among other military scenes.

Then, Santana, who performed earlier, joined Stewart on a bluesy I'd Rather Go Blind. Santana has collaborated with almost everybody, from Wyclef Jean to Yo-Yo Ma, so teaming up with Rod the Bod was a no-brainer, and a super moment.

Stewart ducked out in the middle of Forever Young, re-emerging after a long drum solo that included four percussionists, wearing an all-gold suit. It was sensational in its ridiculousness.

The highlight of an acoustic set was Van Morrison's Have I Told You Lately, an already sweet song made even sweeter with a lovely violin solo.

The backup singers took over later and channelled the soul and strut of Tina Turner on Proud Mary while Stewart went for his third costume change of the night. All black, if you're keeping score.

He would show silly Internet videos, boot and head soccer balls into the audience before performing Maggie May, an identical version to the one we've heard thousands of times on the radio since its release in 1971.

Do You Think I'm Sexy? was the inevitable encore, with balloons dropping on the audience and all 18 members of the Stewart show on stage.

 

Earlier, Santana showed off his guitar virtuosity and his devotion to Spanish sounds during his set. He has re-emerged recently with Corazon, his first all-Spanish record, but his psychedelic-era hits, like his openers Hope You're Feeling Better, Everybody's Everything and Black Magic Woman wouldn't be out of place in any Latin nightclub. Two amped-up drummers and the mandatory conga player laid down a salsa beat on steroids and transformed these old rockers into something special.

"It's Friday," Santana said to the crowd after Black Magic Woman. "Friday, people tend to freak out."

There was good reason to freak out. A Santana career video retrospective was shown on a giant screen while the 67-year-old Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer and his 10-piece backing band unleashed Oye Como Va on the Winnipeg crowd. Black-and-white footage from 1960s and '70s meshed with the colour and contemporary video, and then mixed with the live feed from Friday's show.

Just think — Santana has played that Tito Puente song, which has become a cornerstone of the foundation of rock music, for 45 years or so, probably night after night. Yet on a Friday evening, during yet another date on yet another cross-continent tour, Oye Como Va and Santana continued to get fans out of their seats and get their hearts pounding. Loved it.

Who knows, the song will likely earn someone in the sold-out crowd another speeding ticket on the way home.

While it was no surprise Santana would play a punchy versions of Tequila and Smooth, his giant hit from 1999's Supernatural, the band found an offbeat way to wrap up the set — Roxanne by the Police, sung by guitarist Tommy Anthony, in a key few men dare reach.

All in all, a memorable night of music by people of any age, for people of any age. 

Alan.Small@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 11:02 PM CDT: Adds slideshow

12:25 AM: Write-thru

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