Carlos Santana chose his resident resort, Hard Rock Hotel, as the spot to debut his new album with producing legend Clive Davis. The duo hosted a private VIP listening event at Vanity Nightclub inside Hard Rock Hotel last night to reveal Guitar Heaven… The Greatest Guitar Classics of All by playing eight tracks. Santana collaborated with india.arie, Gavin Rossdale and Chris Daughtry, who were also there to support the album’s launch, on three of the tracks. Other celebrities at the event included Olivia Harrison wife to the late Beatles member George Harrison; Santana band members; NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton; Matt Serletic and Howard Benson, track producers of the album; Mary Wilson of the Supremes; Terry Fator, ventriloquist and headliner at the Mirage and VIPs in the industry.
Later that night at the Joint, Santana treated fans to a special performance of Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through The Hits. In celebration of the official album launch, Guitar Heaven…, superstar guest vocalists india.arie, Chris Daughtry and Gavin Rossdale performed songs from the new album alongside Santana. India.arie took the stage first to sing the album’s first single, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” She then did a surprise tribute of Billie Holiday’s song “God Bless The Child.” Later that evening, Chris Daughtry had fans on their feet when he performed “Photograph” and Gavin Rossdale entertained the crowd with his rendition of “Bang A Gong.” Rossdale also sang “She’s Not There.” The crowd was peppered with celebrities showing their support for Santana such as Olivia Harrison, Bill Walton, Mary Wilson and Rick Harrison, from History Channel’s reality TV show Pawn Stars.
Tickets are still available for Santana’s show at the Joint at the Hard Rock through Sept. 5. Ticket prices start at only $51 and can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.