Bite of Las Vegas 2019: Carlos Santana Talks Las Vegas Love and 20 Years of Smooth

Legendary guitar god chats with Mercedes and JC before Bite performance

September 16, 2019

After six decades as one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most influential artists, Carlos Santana moved to Las Vegas in 2009. And 10 years later, it's a decision he doesn't regret.

"I love Las Vegas," the guitar legend and House of Blues headliner told Mercedes and J.C. before his surprise appearance with Rob Thomas to close Bite of Las Vegas 2019. "This is my home."

While the 72-year-old has definitely lived the rock star life going back to the 60s (just check out JC asking Santana about taking mushrooms at Woodstock!), it's the very human side of Sin City that's captured Santana's heart.

"I love living here. There's something about Las Vegas that's very, very spiritually conscious," Santana said, praising Vegas' givers and charities like Three Square as "weapons of mass compassion."

"There's another side of Las Vegas that the world needs to know."

Santana's historic connection with Rob Thomas dates back to 1999's "Supernatural" album and the pair's team-up on the record-smashing hit "Smooth," so of course, we had to ask about that recording and what it means to him two decades later.

Watch the whole interview with Carlos Santana -- and make sure to check out all the Bite of Las Vegas 2019 coverage.

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